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Th 8/27 LEC: Ch. 2: Reading Fiction (14-21), Reader-Response Criticism (1646-49), Chopin, "The Story of an Hour." FT: "Why We Read"; Graff, "Disliking Books at an Early Age." Come to class with your e-mail account set up (though it may not be active yet).
Th 9/4 LEC: Theme (71-72), Point of View (85-87, 97-98), Tone (110-113), Symbolism (125-27); review O'Connor's story. FT: hooks, "Toward a Revolutionary Feminist Pedagogy."
Th 9/11 LEC: Barthelme, "Me and Miss Mandible," Calvino, "The Distance of the Moon."
T 9/16 Read Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, either at this site or at this one.
Essay topic #1 available here
Th 9/18 Cramer, "In Small and Large Pieces," a hypertext fiction
which you should read before class at an ACC computer terminal. I'll let
you know through e-mail as soon as it's available.
Th 9/25 We'll continue our discussion of technology and reading by studying excerpts from Birkerts' The Gutenberg Elegies and parts one and two of "Page Versus Pixels," a dialogue among hypertext writers and critics.
Essay #1 due at the beginning of class.Sample Essays for This Assignment.
Optional: view the Alfonso Arau film of the novel this week, either on your own or at the evening showing (time and date TBA).
Th 10/2 Esquivel, LWFC (finished).
Th 10/9 Achebe, TFA (through Part One).
Th 10/16 Achebe, TFA. FT: Said, "The Politics of Knowledge."
T 10/21 LEC: Greek Drama and the Origins of Tragedy (1011-1014); Sophocles, Antigone. Also, enhance your study of the play by looking at Prof. Mitchell-Boyask's (Temple Univ.) Study Guide to Antigone and Prof. Thomas Martin's (College of the Holy Cross) overview of The Development of Greek Tragedy . We will also explore The Perseus Project at Tufts University.
Th 10/23 Antigone. FT: Altieri, "An Idea and Ideal of Literary Canon." Essay #2 due at the beginning of class.
Th 10/30 LEC: The Tempest (finished); Barnet and Frye
essays on the play (1594-1602). FT: "Why We Read"; Will, "Literary Politics";
Greenblatt, "The Politics of Culture."
Th 11/6 Hwang, M. Butterfly, discussion concluded. Look at the following WWW sites: the lyrics to David Bowie and Iggy Pop's "China Girl" and a plot synopsis of Miss Saigon. FT: Sedgwick, "From The Epistemology of the Closet." Start viewing film version of M. Butterfly.
T 11/11 Finish Cronenberg's film of M. Butterfly. Look at the Cronenberg interview on adapting Hwang's play to film.
Essay topic #3 available here
Th 11/13 LEC: Reading Poetry (534-46), Voice in Poetry (564-78). Holland, "Unity Identity Text Self" (photocopy). Also, for study purposes, look at the brief autobiography and outline of ideas that Holland has put on the WWW.
Th 11/20 LEC: Figures of Speech in Poetry (654-64). Lakoff and Johnson, from Metaphors We Live By (xerox) and an e-text excerpt from More Than Cool Reason: A Field Guide to Poetic Metaphor.
Essay #3 due at the beginning of class.
The Final Essay assignment is available here
Th 11/27 Thanksgiving Holiday
Th 12/4 LEC: from Ch. 28: Responses to the Poetry of Adrienne Rich; Using Sources (985-995). FT: Schweickart, "Reading Ourselves."
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