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Spring 2003

Monday, January 20

First day: Introductions and course outline


Wednesday, January 22

Group I Response: On the basis of the first pages of the novel, discuss images that strike you as interesting or potentially important. What images, in other words, would you suggest we follow as we read more of the novel?

Also (everyone, not just Group I), please go to the class discussion board and write a solid paragraph or two introducing yourself to the class. Aside from the obvious introductory function of this assignment, it also ensures that we flush out any technical problems before moving farther into the term. And do remember to bring your short essays on the Jamaica Kinkaid story (for the assessment exercise) to class.

Note: here and throughout this syllabus, the first (less indented) reading or link is required, while the second (more indented) reading or link is supplemental and optional. Here, for example, the reading from Wuthering Heights is required, whereas exploring the website is optional.


Friday, January 24

  • Wuthering Heights, 37-80.

Group II Response: Use the last set of responses as the basis for these, either by following up on someone's suggestion or by pointing out a new development that you would like to follow.


Monday, January 27

  • Wuthering Heights, 80-137.

Group III Response: open response.


Wednesday, January 29

  • Wuthering Heights, 137-206.

Group IV Response: open response.


Friday, January 31

  • Wuthering Heights, 206-254.

Group V Response: open response.


Monday, February 3

  • Wuthering Heights, 254-285 and criticism, 289-302.

Group I Response: Discuss either a) what you find most surprising or interesting about the history of criticism of this novel or b) how the ending does or does not wrap up the issues we have discussed in the rest of the novel.


Wednesday, February 5

  • This and the next three assignments work through the critical case study in the back of your copy of Wuthering Heights. The first, for today, is Deconstruction (359-384).

Group II Response: The response assignment will be the same for all four critical approaches. For the approach we read about each day, discuss a point in the article that you consider especially instructive or, on the contrary, to be a misreading of Wuthering Heights. You can talk about more general applications of the day's theory if you like, but every response should start by discussing a specific moment in the day's article.


Friday, February 7

  • Marxist Criticism (385-414)

Group III Response: See February 5.


Monday, February 10

  • Cultural Criticism (415-450).

Group IV Response: See February 5.


Wednesday, February 12

  • "What Is Feminist Criticism" (330-337); Note that the feminist article by Homans is not required.

Group V Response: In class, we will be following the models of the other articles to work up our own version of a feminist reading of the novel. In light of that prospect, write a response that suggests some of the key passages that a feminist reading will address (based on the reading) and your thoughts about them.


Friday, February 14

Paper prospectus due for fiction analysis paper.

  • Read the fiction section of Connections, following external links if and when you want to.

We will do an in-class assignment designed to familiarize you with the terminology of fiction writing.


Monday, February 17

Group I presentation on the story; see the assignments page for details.


Wednesday, February 19

Group II presentation on the story; see the assignments page for details.


Thursday, February 20

Fiction analysis paper due by 4:00


Friday, February 21

Group III presentation on the story; see the assignments page for details.


Monday, February 24

  • Gabriel GarcÌa M·rquez, "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings"

    • Macondo, one of the excellent author sites from The Modern World, has a wide variety of information about GarcÌa M·rquez.

Group IV presentation on the story; see the assignments page for details.


Wednesday, February 26

Group V presentation on the story; see the assignments page for details.


Friday, February 28

  • Read the film section of Connections, following external links if and when you want to.

We will do an in-class assignment designed to familiarize you with the terminology of film analysis.


Monday, March 3

  • Orson Welles, Citizen Kane (1941).

    • The standard resource: IMDB's page

    • Filmsite.org's page on the film has a lot of interesting information, especially about the Kane-Hearst parallel.

    • Roger Ebert's very good page

Group I response: Write a response based on any element of the film that you would not experience by reading the screenplay of the film.


Wednesday, March 5

  • Welles, Citizen Kane (continued)

We will do an in-class exercise on the film today.


Friday, March 7

Paper prospectus due over the weekend for the scene analysis paper.

  • Alfred Hitchcock, Vertigo (1958)

    • The IMDB page

    • The tdfilm.com page indexes some of the many web resources for the film

Group II response: Write a response based on any element of the film that you would not experience by reading the screenplay of the film.


Monday, March 10

  • David Fincher, Fight Club (1999)

    • The IMDB page

    • davidfincher.net compiles web resources on Fight Club, which as you might expect are more promotional and less analytical than those for the earlier films

Group III response: Write a response based on any element of the film that you would not experience by reading the screenplay of the film.


Wednesday, March 12

  • David Fincher, Fight Club (continued)

We will do in-class work on the film. Work on those papers!


Friday, March 14

Scene analysis paper due by 2:00
No class meeting today.


SPRING BREAK

Monday, March 31

  • Read the sonnet section of Connections and make notes that will prepare you to analyze the technique of sonnets in class.


Wednesday, April 2

  • Read the heroic couplets section of Connections and make notes that will prepare you to analyze the technique of heroic couplets in class.


Friday, April 4

  • Read the blank verse section of Connections and make notes that will prepare you to analyze the technique of blank verse in class.


Monday, April 7

  • Read the ballads section of Connections and make notes that will prepare you to analyze the technique of ballads in class.


Wednesday, April 9

  • Read the free verse section of Connections and make notes that will prepare you to analyze the technique of free verse in class.


Friday, April 11

No class meeting today: I will be away giving a conference paper.


Monday, April 14

Group IV Response: open response.


Wednesday, April 16

  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," 1817 Text (on the right side of the book)

Group V Response: Address one specific change Coleridge makes between the 1798 and 1817 versions of the poem and what significance you see in the change.


Friday, April 18

  • Reader Response Criticism, 97-130

Group I Response: We return to the response assignment for critical approaches. For the approach we read about each day, discuss a point in the article that you consider especially instructive or, on the contrary, to be a misreading of Coleridge's poem. You can talk about more general applications of the day's theory if you like, but every response should start by discussing a specific moment in the day's article.


Monday, April 21

  • Marxist Criticism, 131-167

Group II Response: See April 18th.


Wednesday, April 23

  • Psychoanalytic Criticism, 220-260

Group III Response: See April 18th.


Friday, April 25

  • Combining Perspectives, 315-342

Group IV Response: See April 18th.


Monday, April 28

  • Group V will assign us a poem or poems to read and then run the class session.


Wednesday, April 30

  • Group I will assign us a poem or poems to read and then run the class session.


Friday, May 2

  • Group II will assign us a poem or poems to read and then run the class session.
Paper prospectus due by 8:00 p.m. on Sunday the 4th for poetry analysis paper.


Monday, May 5

  • Group III will assign us a poem or poems to read and then run the class session.


Wednesday, May 7

  • Group IV will assign us a poem or poems to read and then run the class session.


Friday, May 9

Last day of class: wrapping up, questions about the final paper.


Tuesday May 13

FINAL PAPER DUE AT NOON

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