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Syllabus

This is the syllabus of English 226 for Fall 2012.


Friday, August 31

First day: introductions and course outline, reading Wordsworth's "Solitary Reaper"


Monday, September 3

  • T.S. Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (1917, anthology 2287) and companion readings

  • Anthology introduction: "The Twentieth Century" (anthology 1918-48)
    • Robert Harrison of Stanford (and the podcast Entitled Opinions) on Prufrock and Dante
    • Contemporary Literary Criticism Select (subscription only): Eliot
    • Dictionary of Literary Biography (subscription only): Eliot as poet

Linking passages: group 1

Also, everyone should post on the discussion board a paragraph of self-introduction. Say whatever you like, from the standard hometown/year/major info to quirkier things about yourself. This will help us get to know each other and also establish that everyone is able to use the discussion board.

Note: here and throughout this syllabus, the first (less indented) list of readings is required, while the second (more indented) list of readings is supplemental and optional. Here, for example, Eliot's poem, the companion readings, and the introduction to the twentieth century are required, whereas the other links are optional.


Wednesday, September 5

Linking passages: group 2


Friday, September 7

  • Eliot, "Tradition and the Individual Talent" (1919, anthology 2326)

Seminar A meets in the regular classroom, with group 1 doing responses. Seminar B (groups 4, 5, and 6) does responses and meets in small groups, led by group member #1.

Remember that your responses can be about the week's reading as a whole, not only the shorter readings I provide for Friday.


Monday, September 10
  • Virginia Woolf, first part of Mrs. Dalloway (1925, anthology 2338-2379)

Linking passages: group 3


Wednesday, September 12

  • Woolf, second part of Mrs. Dalloway (1925, anthology 2380-2437)

Linking passages: group 4


Friday, September 14

  • Selections from the MLA's Approaches to Teaching Mrs. Dalloway

Seminar B meets in the regular classroom, with group 4 doing responses. Seminar A (groups 1, 2, and 3) does responses and meets in small groups, led by group member #1.

Remember that your responses can be about the week's reading as a whole, not only the shorter readings I provide for Friday.


Monday, September 17

  • Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own (1929), the book (not the anthology excerpts)

Linking passages: group 5


Wednesday, September 19

  • John Millington Synge, The Playboy of the Western World (1907)

    • Dictionary of Literary Biography (subscription only): Synge as dramatist

Linking passages: group 6


Friday, September 21

  • Woolf, "The Lady in the Looking-Glass: A Reflection" (anthology 2334)

Seminar A meets in the regular classroom, with group 2 doing responses. Seminar B (groups 4, 5, and 6) does responses and meets in small groups, led by group member #2.


Monday, September 24

PAPER PROSPECTUS DUE IN CLASS
FOR STUDENTS WRITING PAPERS

  • James Joyce, "Araby," "Eveline," and "Clay," from Dubliners (1914, anthology 2218, 2222, and 2225)

Linking passages: group 1


Wednesday, September 26
  • Joyce, "The Dead" (anthology 2229), from Dubliners

Linking passages: group 2


Friday, September 28

  • Margot Norris, "Not the Girl She Was at All: Women in 'The Dead'"
  • Derek Attridge, "Touching 'Clay': Reference and Reality in Dubliners

The whole class will meet in small groups today to allow for time to work through these critical readings. Each group member should take notes on the questions I will send around to prepare for the group's discussion. After the session, someone from each group should email me, at least to let me know who attended the group discussion and, optionally, also to let me know of any lingering questions that I might address quickly at the beginning of Monday's class.


Monday, October 1

FIRST EXAM/PAPER DATE:

Take the exam in the classroom at the usual class time

or

submit your paper under my office door by 3:00 p.m.

Linking passages: group 3


Wednesday, October 3
  • Joyce, Ulysses (1922), episodes 1 ("Telemachus") and 4 ("Calypso")

Linking passages: group 4


Friday, October 5

  • Vincent J. Cheng, "Authenticity and Identity: Catching the Irish Spirit"
  • Speeches on Irish independence (anthology 2165-2173)

Seminar B meets in the regular classroom, with group 5 doing responses. Seminar A (groups 1, 2, and 3) does responses and meets in small groups, led by group member #2.


Monday, October 8

  • Joyce, Ulysses, episode 12 ("Cyclops")

Linking passages: group 5


Wednesday, October 10

  • Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest (1899)

  • Encyclopedia Britannica on Tristan Tzara

  • Tzara, "Dadaism"

    • Wilde's famous trials have inspired two excellent sites. The Bobst Library at NYU has built a spectacular web version of their exhibition commemorating the centennial of the trials: Reading Wilde, Querying Spaces. Though less polished and flashy, the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School's site on the trials also contains a wealth of interesting information.

    • The National Gallery of Art's online exhibition of Dada

    • Tzara, "L'amiral Cherche Une Maison à Louer" (sound recording, item #2 on the linked page)

Linking passages: group 6


Friday, October 12

  • Benedict Anderson, from Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism
  • Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, "Why I Choose to Write in Irish, The Corpse That Sits Up and Talks Back" (anthology 2797)

Seminar A meets in the regular classroom, with group 3 doing responses. Seminar B (groups 4, 5, and 6) does responses and meets in small groups, led by group member #3.
Monday, October 15

  • Tom Stoppard, Travesties (1974)

    • Dictionary of Literary Biography (subscription only): Stoppard

    • British Writers (subscription only): Stoppard

Linking passages: group 1


Wednesday, October 17

Linking passages: group 2


Friday, October 15

No class today: we will have midsemester conferences.


FALL BREAK

Monday, October 29

  • Beckett, Endgame (1958)

  • William Shakespeare, Caliban-related sections from The Tempest (1611)

Linking passages: group 3


Wednesday, October 31

PAPER PROSPECTUS DUE IN CLASS
FOR STUDENTS WRITING PAPERS

  • Martin McDonagh, The Beauty Queen of Leenane (1996)

Linking passages: group 4


Friday, November 2

Seminar B meets in the regular classroom, with group 6 doing responses. Seminar A (groups 1, 2, and 3) does responses and meets in small groups, led by group member #3.


Monday, November 5
  • Film: The Crying Game (dir. Neil Jordan, 1992)

Linking passages: group 5


Wednesday, November 7

Linking Passages: group 6


Friday, November 9

SECOND EXAM/PAPER DATE:

Take the exam in the classroom at the usual class time

or

submit your paper under my office door by 3:00 p.m.


Monday, November 12
  • Geoge Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion (1913)

Linking passages: group 1


Wednesday, November 14

Linking passages: group 2


Friday, November 16

  • Smith, "Speaking in Tongues," either as audio (strongly recommended) or as text

Seminar A meets in the regular classroom, with group 1 doing responses. Seminar B (groups 4, 5, and 6) does responses and meets in small groups, led by group member #4.


Monday, November 19

  • Smith, White Teeth, 103-217
    • Salman Rushdie on the BBC podcast Start the Week discussing being forced to live under police protection after being 'sentenced to death' by the Ayatollah Khomeini

Linking passages: group 3


Wednesday, November 21

NO CLASS TODAY: keep trucking with the reading for next week.

Linking passages: group 4


THANKSGIVING BREAK

Monday, November 26

Linking passages: group 5


Wednesday, November 28

Linking passages: group 6


Friday, November 30

  • John Clement Ball, from Imagining London
  • James Procter, "New Ethnicities, the Novel, and the Burdens of Representation"
Seminar B meets in the regular classroom, with group 4 doing responses. Seminar A (groups 1, 2, and 3) does responses and meets in small groups, led by group member #4.


Monday, December 3

PAPER PROSPECTUS DUE IN CLASS
FOR STUDENTS WRITING PAPERS

  • Film: Rebecca (dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1940)

Linking passages: group 1


Wednesday, December 5

  • Film: The Remains of the Day (dir. James Ivory, 1993)

Linking passages: group 2


Friday, December 7

  • Tania Modleski, "Never To Be Thirty-Six Years Old: Rebecca as Female Oedipal Drama"

Seminar A meets in the regular classroom, with group 1 doing responses. Seminar B (groups 4, 5, and 6) does responses and meets in small groups, led by group member #1 (or member #5 for the group with 5 people).


Monday, December 10
  • Film: My Beautiful Laundrette (written by Hanif Kureishi, dir. Stephen Frears, 1985)
    • British Writers (subscription only): Kureishi

    • Contemporary Literary Criticism (subscription only): Kureishi

Linking passages: group 3


Wednesday, December 12

  • Film: Dirty Pretty Things (dir. Stephen Frears, 2002)

No linking passages today--we will take some time to discuss how the class has gone.


Friday, December 14

Last day: We will wrap up and weep for the lack of further class sessions.

Bring your small group retrospective to class.


Friday, December 21

FINAL EXAM/PAPER DATE:

Take the exam in the classroom at 9:00 a.m.

or

submit your paper under my office door by noon

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