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Monday, January 21

First day: introductions and class overview.

Wednesday, January 23

Reading

"Where Experience Starts: The Image" (Western Wind 3-15).

Assignment

This is a two-part assignment to get the electronic side of the class moving. Group I will do the following literary assignment, but all of you need to do this part: go to the class discussion board and write a solid paragraph or two introducing yourself to the class. You can repeat information from the first day or not, as you like.

Group I Response: Analyze the imagery of "The End of the Weekend," commenting on the use of abstract and concrete imagery and how they work together.

Friday, January 25

Reading

"What's It Like? Simile, Metaphor, and Other Figures" (WW 18-42).

Assignment

Group II Response: Using the terms that this chapter introduces, discuss the figures that Yeats uses in "No Second Troy" or "Leda and the Swan."

Monday, January 28

Reading

"The Broken Coin: The Use of Symbol" (WW 47-63).

Assignment

Group III Response: Comment on the use of symbol in Nemerov's "Money."

Wednesday, January 30

Reading

"Binocular Vision: Antipoetry, Paradox, Irony, the Withheld Image" (WW 68-86).

Assignment

Group I Response: open response.

Friday, Febraury 1

Reading

"Machine for Magic: The Fresh Usual Words" (WW 121-142).

Assignment

Group II Response: open response.

Monday, February 4

Reading

"Gold in the Ore: The Sounds of English" (WW 151-170).

Assignment

Group III Response: open response.

Wednesday, February 6

Reading

"Working with Gold: The Devices of Sound" (WW 173-195).

Assignment

Group I Response: open response.

Friday, February 8

Reading

"The Dancer and the Dance: The Play of Rhythms" (WW 203-228).

Assignment

Group II Response: open response.

Monday, February 11

Reading

"Different Drummers: Rhythms Old and New" (WW 235-260).

Assignment

Group III Response: open response.

Wednesday, February 13

Reading

Scansion work.

Assignment

Group I Response: open response.

Friday, February 15

Reading

"The Shape of Thought: We Go A-Sentencing" (WW 269-285).

Assignment

Group II Response: open response.

Monday, February 18

Reading

Aristotle, from Poetics (bulkpack).

Assignment

Group III Response: How do Aristotle's ancient arguments about poetry compare to those of Nims in Western Wind?

Wednesday, February 20

Reading

Pope, from An Essay on Criticism (bulkpack).

Assignment

Group I Response: open response.

Friday, February 22

Reading

Poe, "The Poetic Principle" (bulkpack) and "The Raven" (handout).

Assignment

Group II Response: Discuss the differences between Poe's essay and Aristotle's or Pope's theories. Illustrate your points with "The Raven" if you want to.

Monday, February 25

Reading

Bailey (bulkpack).

Assignment

Group III Response: Help us make the transition from poetry to fiction by discussing how Bailey's approach to fiction is similar to or different from the various approaches to poetry we have read.

FIRST CRITICAL VOICE PAPER DUE Tuesday, February 26th to my mailbox or office by 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 27

Reading

Oates, "Reading as a Writer: The Artist as Craftsman"; Anton Chekhov, "The Lady with the Dog"; Ernest Hemingway, "Hills Like White Elephants."

Assignment

Group I Response: You may well have read one or both of these stories before. If so, you might share what Oates's essay helps you see in them that you hadn't seen before. If not, or if you'd rather discuss something else, consider this an open response.

Friday, March 1

Reading

Oates, ". . . & Answers" (PoV ).

Assignment

Group II Response: open response.

Monday, March 4

Reading

James, "The Art of Fiction" (bulkpack) and "A Bundle of Letters" (PoV ).

Assignment

Group III Response: Does reading a theoretical essay and a story by the same writer shed new light on one or both of the texts? Why or why not?

Wednesday, March 6

Reading

Eudora Welty, "Powerhouse" (PoV).

Assignment

Group I Response: open response.

Friday, March 8

Reading

Freud, Creative Writers and Day-Dreaming (bulkpack) and Lorrie Moore, "Amahl and the Night Visitors" (PoV).

Assignment

Group II Response: open response.

Monday, March 11

Reading

V.S. Naipaul, "The Night Watchman's Occurrence Book" (PoV).

Assignment

Group III Response: open response.

Wednesday, March 13

Reading

None: Mid-term review.

Assignment

Come to class with questions about the mid-term exam.

Friday, March 15

MID-TERM EXAM


SPRING BREAK
Monday, April 1

No assignment: in-class introduction to film.

Wednesday, April 3

Reading

Film material from The Oxford Guide to Film Studies (bulkpack).

Assignment

Group I Response: Again we encounter a new genre and new terms that accompany it. On the basis of the readings, how do you see film studies relating to the ways we have talked about reading poems and stories?

Friday, April 5

Reading

Citizen Kane (film).

Assignment

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, April 8

Reading

Benjamin, "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction."

Assignment

Group III Response: open response.

Wednesday, April 10

Reading

Frankenstein (film).

Assignment

Group I Response: open response.

Friday, April 12

Reading

Blade Runner (film).

Assignment

Group II Response: open response.

Monday, April 15

Reading

Wuthering Heights Introduction and opening, 3-37.

Assignment

Group III 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?

SECOND CRITICAL VOICE PAPER DUE Tuesday, April 16th to my mailbox or office by 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 17

Reading

Wuthering Heights 37-80. Assignment

Group I 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.

Friday, April 19

Reading

Wuthering Heights 80-137.

Assignment

Group II Response: open response.

Monday, April 22

Reading

Wuthering Heights 137-206.

Assignment

Group I Response: open response.

Wednesday, April 24

Reading

Wuthering Heights 206-254.

Assignment

Group I Response: open response.

Friday, April 26

Reading

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

Assignment

Group II Response: What did you find most surprising or interesting about the history of criticism of this novel?

Monday, April 29

Reading

This and the next four assignments work through the critical case study in the back of your copy of Wuthering Heights. The first, for today, is Psychoanalytic criticism (WH 303-329).

Assignment

Group III Response: The response assignment will be the same for all five 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.

Wednesday, May 1

Reading

Feminist Criticism (WH 330-358).

Assignment

Group I Response: See April 29th.

Friday, May 3

Reading

Deconstruction (WH 359-384).

Assignment

Group II Response: See April 29th.

Monday, May 6

Reading

Marxist Criticism (WH 385-414)

Assignment

Group III Response: See April 29th.

THIRD CRITICAL VOICE PAPER DUE Tuesday, May 7th to my mailbox or office by 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 8

Reading

Cultural Criticism (WH 415-450).

Assignment

Cultural Criticism (WH 415-450).

Friday, May 10

Last day: wrapping up.

FINAL EXAM: 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 14th