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Syllabus: Fall 2006


Friday, August 25

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


Monday, August 28

  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "The Lady of Shalott" (1832/42)

  • Plato, the allegory of the cave, from The Republic (360 B.C.E.)

Come to class having prepared one or two specific questions about the readings.


Wednesday, August 30

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, Ruskin's writing is required reading, while Landow's commentary is optional.

  • John Ruskin, Modern Painters (1843) and from the section of The Stones of Venice called "The Nature of Gothic" (1852)

    • Victorian Web editor George Landow has adapted his previously published introduction to Ruskin and his works on his site, making that page one of the better ones on the patchy and sprawling Victorian Web.

Linking passages: group I


Friday, September 1

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


Monday, September 4

  • Oscar Wilde, from "The Decay of Lying: A Dialogue" (1889) and from "The Soul of Man Under Socialism" (1891)

    • 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.

Linking passages: group II


Wednesday, September 6

  • James Joyce, "Araby," from Dubliners (1914, anthology 2434)

    • Dictionary of Literary Biography (subscription only): Joyce as novelist and short-fiction writer

    • The Modern World, which produces excellent author pages, has an extensive one devoted to Joyce.

    • R.L. Callahan of Temple maintains Work in Progress, an excellent Joyce site including articles, maps of Joyce's Dublin, and much more.

    • Edward J. Maloney and David F. Fanning of Ohio State maintain the James Joyce Resource Center, with a bibliography of books, a timeline, and "casebooks" of references to Joyce scholarship grouped by critical approach.

    • Yet another very good site: The James Joyce Portal

Linking passages: group III


Friday, September 8

The class meets today in small groups. Each group should communicate in advance to choose a meeting place.


Monday, September 11

  • Joyce, "Eveline" (anthology 2438) and "Clay" (2441), from Dubliners

Linking passages: group IV


Wednesday, September 13

  • Joyce, "The Dead" (anthology 2445), from Dubliners

Linking passages: group V


Friday, September 15th

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.


Monday, September 18

Linking passages: group VI


Wednesday, September 20

  • Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, pages 159-276

Linking passages: group I


Friday, September 22

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 #2.


Monday, September 25

PAPER PROSPECTUS DUE IN CLASS
FOR STUDENTS WRITING PAPERS

  • Speeches on Irish independence (anthology 2379)

  • William Butler Yeats, "Easter 1916" (1916, anthology 2397) and "An Irish Airman Foresees His Death" (1922, anthology 2396)

    • Dictionary of Literary Biography (subscription only): Yeats as poet and essayist

Linking passages: group II


Wednesday, September 27

Linking passages: group III


Friday, September 29

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.


Monday, October 2

Linking passages: group IV


Wednesday, October 4

  • Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own (1929)

Linking passages: group V


Friday, October 6

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 #3.


Monday, October 9

  • Woolf, first part of Mrs. Dalloway (1925, anthology 2556-2608)

Linking passages: group VI


Wednesday, October 11

  • Woolf, second part of Mrs. Dalloway (1925, anthology 2608-2655)

Linking passages: group I


Friday, October 13

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 #3.


FALL BREAK
Monday, October 23

  • Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol (1843)

    • Dictionary of Literary Biography (subscription only): Dickens as novelist

    • Dickens has attracted a fair amount of attention on the Web, and the best door to that information is David Perdue's Dickens Page.

Linking passages: group II


Wednesday, October 25

Linking passages: group III


Friday, October 27

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 #4.


Monday, October 30

  • Samuel Beckett, Krapp's Last Tape (1958)

    • Apmonia: a site for Samuel Beckett by The Modern World, has an impressive array of top-notch information available from its long front page, including a biography, articles, reviews, notes on productions, and an image gallery.

    • The University of California at Santa Barbara hosts The Samuel Beckett Endpage, a strong site although probably second to Apmonia.

Linking passages: group IV


Wednesday, November 1

  • Beckett, Waiting for Godot (1952)

Linking passages: group V


Friday, November 3

PAPER PROSPECTUS DUE IN CLASS
FOR STUDENTS WRITING PAPERS

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 #4.


Monday, November 6

  • Beckett, Endgame (1958)

Linking passages: group VI


Wednesday, November 8

We will have the review session for students taking the exam during the regular class period on this day.


Friday, November 10

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 13

  • Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest (1899)

Linking passages: group I


Wednesday, November 15

Linking passages: group II


Friday, November 17

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 (except group 6, led by group member #5).


Monday, November 20

  • Derek Walcott, Omeros (1990), pages 1-131

    • Dictionary of Literary Biography (subscription only): Walcott

    • Contemporary Literary Criticism-Select (subscription only): Walcott

    • Walcott's Nobel page

Linking passages: group III


Wednesday, November 22

No class meeting today--keep reading Omeros.


THANKSGIVING BREAK


Monday, November 27

  • Walcott, Omeros, pages 133-325

Linking passages: group IV


Wednesday, November 29

  • Hanif Kureishi, My Beautiful Laundrette (screenplay of 1986 film, anthology 2942)

    • British Writers (subscription only): Kureishi

    • Contemporary Literary Criticism (subscription only): Kureishi

Linking passages: group V


Friday, November 17

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.


Monday, December 4

  • Jeanette Winterson, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1985), pages 3-95

    • British Writers (subscription only): Winterson

    • Dictionary of Literary Biography (subscription only): Winterson

Linking passages: group VI


Wednesday, December 6

PAPER PROSPECTUS DUE IN CLASS
FOR STUDENTS WRITING PAPERS

  • Winterson, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, pages 91-176

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


Friday, December 8

Last day: wrapping up, weeping for lack of more class sessions

Bring your small group retrospective to class.


Wednesday, December 13

FINAL EXAM/PAPER DATE:

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

or

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

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