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 (8/26)
Introduction to the course
Library Orientation to graduate research in literary studies, especially
electronic resources (Amanda Cain, Humanities Reference Librarian).
week, with the help of the LRG, begin your search for the items in the
Week 2 (9/2)
Week 3 (9/9)
Overview: the profession and its history
scavenger hunt is due by the beginning of class this week.
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).
Patricia P. Brodsky, "Shrunken
Heads: The Humanities under the Corporate Model." Workplace:
A Journal for Academic Labor 4.2 (February 2002)
The Academy and the Corporation--Teaching the Humanities in a Restructured
Week 4 (9/16)
Topic: English studies as a discipline
Scholes, The Rise and Fall of English
Week 5 (9/23)
Topic: language and composition studies
Week 6 (9/30)
Topic: canons, culture wars, and literary
IS: Patterson, Schor, and Gates essays
Annette Kolodny, "The Integrity of Memory: Creating a New Literary History
of the United States." American Literature 57.2 (May 1985):
off campus through JSTOR, but note that the article is listed under
the column's name, "The Extra" by Edward Cady, rather than under its title
and author's name.
Week 7 (10/7)
Topic: literary theory and interpretation
Paper on the history/social contexts of English Studies due this week.
Week 8 (10/14)
Week 9 (10/21)
Topic: cultural studies
Week 10 (10/27)
Topic: textual scholarship
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 11).
IS: Greetham essay
Jerome McGann, "The
Rationale of Hypertext" and "Radiant
NOTE: McGann's "Radiant Textuality" was published in Victorian
Studies Volume 39, but I believe "The Rationale of Hypertext" is available
Week 11 (11/4)
Topic: scholarly writing
Week 12 (11/11)
A. S. Byatt's Possession (Try to
read the first half of the novel.)
Week 13 (11/18)
of research on a field or specialization
Week 14 (11/25)
paper directions: proposal due on 12/2
Week 15 (12/2)
Class cancelled for research and writing.
Week 16 (12/9) and Final Exam Period (12/10, 8-10 p.m.)
colloquium on Possession
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