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Syllabus: Spring 2010


Monday, January 25

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


Wednesday, January 27

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


Friday, January 29

  • 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, February 1

Linking passages: group 2


Wednesday, February 3
  • Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own (1929)

    • Dictionary of Literary Biography (subscription only): Woolf as novelist and essayist

Linking passages: group 3


Friday, February 6

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

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, February 8

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

    • This collaborative site on Mrs. Dalloway has a lot of material that can help orient you in the novel.

Linking passages: group 4


Wednesday, February 10

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

Linking passages: group 5


Friday, February 12

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

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, February 15
  • James Joyce, "Araby," "Eveline," and "Clay," from Dubliners (1914, anthology 2218, 2222, and 2225)

Linking passages: group 6


Wednesday, February 17

PAPER PROSPECTUS DUE IN CLASS
FOR STUDENTS WRITING PAPERS

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

Linking passages: group 1


Friday, February 19

  • Margot Norris, "Not the Girl She Was at All: Women in 'The Dead'"
  • John Paul Riquelme, "For Whom the Snow Taps: Style and Repetition in 'The Dead'"

I will be away at a conference today. Therefore, all six groups will meet as small groups. Seminar A groups (1, 2, and 3) will be led by group member #2. Seminar B groups (2, 3, and 4) will be led by group member #3.


Monday, February 22

Linking passages: group 2


Wednesday, February 24

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

Linking passages: group 3


Friday, February 26

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, March 1

  • Speeches on Irish independence (anthology 2165-2173)

  • William Butler Yeats, "Easter 1916" (1916, anthology 2181) and "An Irish Airman Foresees His Death" (1922, anthology 2180)

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

Linking passages: group 4


Wednesday, March 3

  • Joyce, "Calypso" and "Cyclops" episodes from Ulysses (1922)

Linking passages: group 5


Friday, March 5

  • Vincent J. Cheng, "Authenticity and Identity: Catching the Irish Spirit"

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.
Monday, March 8

  • Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot (1952)

    • Dictionary of Literary Biography: Beckett as playwright and Contemporary Literary Criticism Select: Beckett (subscription only)
    • 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 6


Wednesday, March 10

  • Beckett, Endgame (1958)

Linking passages: group 1


Friday, March 12

  • Beckett, Krapp's Last Tape (1958)

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, March 15

  • 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 2


Wednesday, March 17

  • Tom Stoppard, Travesties (1974)

    • Dictionary of Literary Biography (subscription only): Stoppard

    • British Writers (subscription only): Stoppard

Linking passages: group 3


Friday, March 19

No class today: we will have midsemester conferences.


SPRING BREAK

Monday, April 5

PAPER PROSPECTUS DUE IN CLASS
FOR STUDENTS WRITING PAPERS

Linking passages: group 4


Wednesday, April 7
  • All anthology readings from Eavan Boland and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill (anthology 2777 and 2791)

Linking Passages: group 5


Friday, April 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, April 12

  • 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 6


Wednesday, April 14

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

Linking passages: group 1


Friday, April 16

  • Laura L. Doan, "Jeanette Winterson's Sexing the Postmodern"

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, April 19

  • Zadie Smith, White Teeth (2000), 1-102
    • Dictionary of Literary Biography: Smith as novelist and Contemporary Literary Criticism Select: Smith (subscription only)

Linking passages: group 2


Wednesday, April 21

  • Smith, White Teeth, 103-217

Linking passages: group 3


Friday, April 23

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

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.


Monday, April 26

NO CLASS TODAY

Note that you have more reading than usual for Wednesday (because it includes today's as well). Be sure to spread it out.


Wednesday, April 28

  • Smith, White Teeth, 341-448

Linking passages: group 4


Friday, April 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 #1.


Monday, May 3

  • Derek Walcott, Omeros (1990), pages 1-168

    • Dictionary of Literary Biography (subscription only): Walcott

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

    • Walcott's Nobel page

Linking passages: group 5


Wednesday, May 5

  • Walcott, Omeros, pages 169-325

Linking passages: group 6


Friday, May 7

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, May 10

PAPER PROSPECTUS DUE IN CLASS
FOR STUDENTS WRITING PAPERS

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

    • British Writers (subscription only): Kureishi

    • Contemporary Literary Criticism (subscription only): Kureishi

Linking passages: group 1


Wednesday, May 12

  • Kureishi, My Beautiful Laundrette (film, 1986)

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


Friday, May 14

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

Bring your small group retrospective to class.


Wednesday, May 19

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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