Honors Intro to Lit


Schedule of Readings

Note: This schedule is subject to change, but when changes are required I will give as much notice as possible. If you miss a class, be sure to check on upcoming assignments. All readings are required and should be completed for the first scheduled class discussion. Whenever possible, you should also reread texts after class discussion. Unless otherwise noted, readings are from the Birkerts anthology.

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Week 1

T 8/25 Introduction to course. After class, you are expected to get an e-mail account and learn the basics of the Microsoft Exchange e-mail program.

Th 8/27 Ch. 1: Literature: Reading into Writing (1-13); Ch. 2: Reading Fiction (14-21), Reader-Response Criticism (1646-49); Chopin, "The Story of an Hour." Come to class with your e-mail account set up (though it may not be active yet).

Week 2

T 9/2 Character (22-24), Plot (38-41), Setting (56-58); O'Connor, "Everything That Rises Must Converge" (98-109). Contributions to the class e-mail list should begin this week. By Thursday, you must have posted one message about the O'Connor story. By Friday, respond to someone else's posting.

Th 9/4 Theme (71-72), Point of View (85-87, 97-98), Tone (110-113), Symbolism (125-27); review O'Connor's story.

Week 3

T 9/9 Gordimer, "Town and Country Lovers"; Tutuola, "Feather Woman of the Jungle."

Th 9/11 Barthelme, "Me and Miss Mandible," Calvino, "The Distance of the Moon."

Week 4

T 9/16 Read Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, either at this site or at this one.

Th 9/18 Cramer, "In Small and Large Pieces" (a hypertext fiction which you should read before class at an ACC computer terminal).



Week 5

T 9/23 Casebook: "The Evolving Canon in a Video Age" (1614-36).

Th 9/25 We'll continue our discussion of the "Casebook" in a MOO session. Meet in Anderson Hall #17.

Week 6

T 9/30 Esquivel, Like Water for Chocolate (January, February, March, April, May, June).

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).

Week 7

T 10/7 No class: Academic Festival. But you should be reading Achebe, Thing Fall Apart.

Th 10/9 Achebe, TFA (through part 1). Be sure to study the historical, cultural, biographical, and critical contexts of Achebe's novel at the "Postcolonial and Postimperial Literature" Website and The Igbo Home Page.

Week 8

T 10/14 Achebe, TFA (finished). Midterm assignment available here

Th 10/16 Achebe, TFA. Class MOO session on the novels.

Week 9

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.

Week 10

T 10/28 Shakespeare, The Tempest. Midterm essay due.

Th 10/30 The Tempest (finished). Barnet and Frye essays on the play (1594-1602)



Week 11

T 11/4 Drama in the Modern Age (1438-40); Hwang, M. Butterfly (paperback edition). Look at a plot synopsis of Puccini's Madama Butterfly.

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.

Week 12

T 11/11 MOO session on drama.

Th 11/13 Reading Poetry (534-46). Formalism/New Criticism (1638-40). Voice in Poetry (564-89).

Week 13

T 11/18 Sound and Sense in Poetry (547-63). Imagery in Poetry (638-53).

Poetry Hypertext Assignment.

Th 11/20 Figures of Speech in Poetry (654-64). Lakoff and Johnson, from Metaphors We Live By (xerox or e-text). Have ready your choice of poem to be discussed in the next two class meetings.

Weeks14 and 15

T 11/25 through Th 12/4 Readers' choices. Work on poetry hypertexts. Class presentations of poetry hypertexts. On 12/2 Final assignment available here

Final examination

Scheduled for Thursday, 12/11, from 8-10 am. Final MOO session of the semester. Final essay due

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