Class Schedule for Eng 500: Introduction to the Profession
(IS=Gibaldi, ed., Introduction to Scholarship, LRG=Harner, Literary
Research Guide, MLA = MLA Style Manual)
NOTE: There may be occasional additions to and deletions from this
reading schedule, so be sure to check the on-line version frequently.
Week 1 (9/1)
Introduction to the course
Library Orientation to graduate research in literary studies, especially
electronic resources (Dick Swain, Humanities Reference Librarian).
This week, after reading
the assignment for next week, begin your search for the items in the
library scavenger hunt.
Week 2 (9/8)
Topic: library research, continued
LRG: Skim sections A, B, C, E, G, I, J, K, and M
Online Update page for
Harner's Literary Research Guide
Greetham, Chapter on enumerative bibliography, from Textual Scholarship.
On reserve at F.H. Green Library.
Week 3 (9/15)
Overview: the "profession" and its history
research exercise due tonight
IS: Gibaldi, "Preface," Graff, "The Scholar in Society"
Selections from The
History of English Studies Page, by Rita Raley: read Palmer,
Baldick, Court, Spivak, and Viswanathan (plus, at least, Raley's annotations
on the 19th-century texts she reproduces).
Bill Readings, "Theory
After Theory: Institutional Questions." from The Politics
of Research. Eds. E. Ann Kaplan and George Levine. Rutgers UP,
1997. (You must obtain the password for this restricted file
The Academy and the Corporation--Teaching the Humanities in a Restructured
Week 4 (9/22)
Topic: academic journals, scholarly writing,
Additional electronic resources on composition and rhetoric that you
may want to consult during the semester and beyond:
Style Exercises and Report
on scholarly journal, both due next week.
Week 5 (9/29)
exercise on determining authorship. Please complete this exercise for
next week's class.
IS: Scholes essay (optional: his
homepage, at which you'll find an excerpt from a recent book on the
history of the profession, The Rise and Fall of English)
Jane Tompkins, "Masterpiece
Theater: The Politics of Hawthorne's Literary Reputation".
Charles Altieri, "An Idea and Ideal of a Literary Canon," and Barbara
Herrnstein Smith, "Contingencies of Value"--both to be found in Critical
Inquiry V. 10, No. 1 (September 1981). You have to consult this
journal the old-fashioned way--no electronic archive from UP of Chicago!
Week 6 (10/6)
Topic: literary history and more on canons
response paper on canons and culture wars due next week.
Week 7 (10/13)
Topic: textual studies
NOTE: You may choose to read the Tanselle essay on the WWW or in the
printed journal, housed in the basement of F.H. Green Library. McGann's
"Radiant Textuality" was published in Victorian Studies Volume 39,
but I believe "The Rationale of Hypertext" is available only on-line.
in manuscript study: part of "The Virtual Seminars for Teaching
Literature" site at Oxford. Please complete this tutorial over the
next week and send me a copy of the exercise before next class (Week 8).
Week 8 (10/20)
Topic: literary theory and interpretation
Week 9 (10/27)
Topic: a general introduction to semiotics and
response paper on semiotics/interpretation due in two weeks.
IS: Bathrick essay
Ross C. Murfin's "Introduction
to Cultural Studies" (You must obtain the password for this restricted
file from me.)
Some examples of cultural studies or the semiotics of culture:
Week 10 (11/3)
A. S. Byatt's Possession
paper directions: choice of topic due on 11/12
Week 11 (11/10)
Week 12 (11/17)
Class cancelled for research and writing.
Week 13 (11/24)
Class "conference" on Possession
bibliography (password required for this link) of sources consulted
for Possession paper due in class on 12/1.
Week 14 (12/1)
Possession, Identity, and Biography
Jennifer Allen, West Chester University: "Who Possesses the Author:
Literary Biography and Byatt's Possession"
Richard Terpstra, West Chester University: "Will the real Randolph
Ash Please Stand Up?: An Examination of Identity in
A.S. Byatt's Possession"
Byatt's Men and Feminism
Denine Dumschat, West Chester University: "Gender Politics and
the Construction of Ash in A. S. Byatt's Possession"
Andrew Thomas, West Chester University: "Man in a Woman's Mirror:
Roland Michell and Female Empowerment"
Week 15 (12/8)
Byatt's Women, Feminism and Sexuality
Matt Carpenter, West Chester University: "The Facade of Victorian
Sexuality in A. S. Byatt's Possession"
Eleanor Brown, West Chester University: "Through the Looking-Glass:
The Semiotics of Feminism and Femininity in A.S. Byatt’s Possession"
Matt Sutin, West Chester University: "Archetypal Roles Possessed"
Cynthia Choo, West Chester University: Paper on Byatt's Possession
Research paper on the
novel will be due on Wednesday, 12/15, at 4:15 p.m..
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