Calendar

This calendar focuses on our reading assignments, because we need to make sure that we keep pace with the lists. but our discussion will focus more tightly on the writing of your theses until March 8, when you submit them.

The calendar will get updated as we go with details about writing workshops. As you get ready for those, you should bring your working draft of your thesis with you to class every week. (We’ll talk about the best ways and reasons to do that.)

The draft exchange isn’t on the calendar, because you’ll exchange your drafts on the schedule you set.

Also, note that some of the theoretical texts appear on this calendar more than once. That’s because we’ll practice using these theories as lenses that you can use in a wide variety of ways.

January 29/30 Reunited!
Workshop: Using theory + self-doubt to build motive

  • Summer Kim Lee, “Too Close, Too Compromised: Killing Eve and the Promise of Sandra Oh”
  • Organize writing and reading groups; plan the schedule for exam notes

February 5/6 The good of theory
        *Meet in the regular room– evening class: KP 632!

  • Jodi Melamed, “Making Global Citizens
  • Paul Beatty, The Sellout 
  • The 2017 honors exam, here
  • And read the Sandra Oh essay from last week ^^^ if you haven’t read it already; we’ll continue to discuss it!

February 13 The novel
* Tuesday, Feb. 12: NO CLASS!

February 19/20 “I would prefer not to”
       *Tuesday class meets in the library, room 227
*Wednesday class meets in Klapper 708

  • Silvia Federici, “The Great Caliban: The Struggle Against the Rebel Body”
  • Anne Boyer, Three Poems: “The Revolt of the Peasant Girls,” (2014); “Not Writing” (2015); ”No” (2017) (PEN America, Poetry Foundation, and Ugly Duckling Press)
  • Herman Melville, Bartleby, The Scrivener
  • The second third of Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth (Penguin 1905; 2012)

February 26/27    Realism, modernism, nation, world
*Tuesday class meets in the library, room 227; Emily’s draft
*Wednesday class meets in Klapper 708

  • Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway (Mariner 1925; 2012)
  • Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth (Penguin 1905; 2012)
  • NourbeSe Philip, “The Absence of Writing or How I Almost Became a Spy” (1993)

March 5/6 The lyric
*Both classes meet in the library, room 227. Bring 
a version of your essay that you can access from the computers, and Citizen!

  • Caroline Levine, “The Affordances of Form
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins, Poems: “Author’s Preface” (1918), “The Wreck of the Deutschland” (written 1875; pub. 1918), “God’s Grandeur” (1877; 1918), “As kingfishers catch fire, so dragonflies draw flame” (1877; 1918), “The Windhover” (1877; 1918), “Spelt from Sibyl’s Leaves” (1886; 1918), “That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire” (1888; 1918), “Thou art indeed just, Lord” (1889; 1918)
  • Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf 2014; 2014)
  • Friday, MARCH 8: Final revision of the thesis due

March 12/13 Adaptations, Minor Characters, Reboots

  • Sophocles’ Antigone
  • Athol Fugard, John Kani, Winston Ntshona, The Island 
  • The first third of Charlotte Lennox, The Female Quixote

***THE THESIS IS DONE, WOO HOO: Your new plan to study for the exam begins here. Come prepared to give your author’s presentations on the date when your author appears, below. Sign up for your authors on the google doc, here.

March 19/20 Value, the Novel, the Nation, the State

March 26/27   Value, Poetry and Plays, the Nation, the State

April 2/3 Literature as a World

  • Pascale Casanova, “Literature as a World
  • Thomas More, Utopia (Yale UP 1516; 2014)
  • Toni Morrison, Nobel Lecture
  • Charlotte Lennox, The Female Quixote
  • Dante Alighieri, Inferno, Canto V, Canto XIII, & Canto XV, trans. Mark Musa (Penguin 1320 / 2002)
  • Athol Fugard, John Kani, Winston Ntshona, The Island 

April 3: Reading party, 3:00-6:00

April 9/10  (Neo)Liberalism and Representation

  • Jodi Melamed, “Making Global Citizens”
  • Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony (Penguin, 1977/2006)
  • Javier Zamora, Unaccompanied (Cooper Canyon Press, 2017)
  • NourbeSe Philip, “The Absence of Writing or How I Almost Became a Spy” (1993)
  • Anne Boyer, Three Poems: “The Revolt of the Peasant Girls,” (2014); “Not Writing” (2015); ”No” (2017) (PEN America, Poetry Foundation, and Ugly Duckling Press

April 10: Study session! 3:00-6:00

APRIL 12: Honors exam:  9:00 a.m.  to 3:00 p.m. (arrive 30 minutes early), Powdermaker 208 

  • Bring your texts, including electronic texts.
  • Notes inside the texts are allowed, but external notes are not.

April 16/17  Looking back at the exam, beginning your conference presentations

April 23/24: NO CLASS: SPRING BREAK

April 30/May 1 Workshop on conference presentations*
*May 1 is the M.A. conference, all day in Godwin-Ternbach. Let’s go! You should definitely plan to attend some portion of it, at least, because it will undoubtedly give you lots of ideas for your presentation on the 14th.

May 8: Rehearse conference presentations

May 14: Honors Conference

*READING PARTY: All of the reading parties outside of class are optional, and they’ll be run by you, with me there to help. You can decide how you want to use the time, and I’ll help you work toward the goals you set. If you want to come earlier or stay later than the hours designated here, I invite you to do that! You may also use the Cave of Spleen as a studying/reading room whenever you like.

Unless otherwise noted, all of the parties will be in the Cave of Spleen (KP 334).

 

 

 

**FIRST DRAFT

March 12/13 Adaptations, Minor Characters, Reboots

  • Sophocles’ Antigone
  • Athol Fugard, John Kani, Winston Ntshona, The Island 
  • The first third of Charlotte Lennox, The Female Quixote

March 19/20 The Good of Allegory

  • Dante Alighieri, Inferno, Canto V, Canto XIII, & Canto XV, trans. Mark Musa (Penguin 1320 / 2002)
  • John Milton, Areopagitica (1644)

March 26/27   What is good literature, and what is great?

April 2/3 Literature as a World

April 9/10  (Neo)Liberalism and Representation

  • Jodi Melamed, “Making Global Citizens”
  • Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony (Penguin, 1997/2006)
  • Javier Zamora, Unaccompanied (Cooper Canyon Press, 2017)

APRIL 12: Honors exam!

April 16/17 Workshop: conference presentations

April 23/24: NO CLASS: SPRING BREAK

 April 30/May 1 Reading/Writing party

May 8: Honors Conference

May 14/15 Reading/writing party

 

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