Week 1. August 29   What good is literature?

 Week 2. September 5  * No class, but post on the blog as usual (Monday schedule)

  • Plato, The Republic (Book IX)
  • Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence (first ten pages)
  • NYT article about Masumiyet Müzesi

Week 3. September 12 Keyterms: mimesis, representation, nation, polis, globe

  • Plato, The Republic (Book X)
  • Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence (Chapters 6-24)
  • Orhan Pamuk, “Who Do You Write For?”
  • James Baldwin, “The Discovery of What It Means to Be an American”

Week 4. September 19 *No class, but post on the blog as usual (college closed)       

  • Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence
  • Pascale Casanova, “Literature as a World”

Week 5. September 26  Keyterms: realism, novel, fact/fiction, true/false

  • Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence
  • Georg Lukàcs, “The Epic and the Novel” (pp. 56-69)
  • Oscar Wilde, “The Decay of Lying”
  • Gordon Harvey, “Elements of the Academic Essay”

Week 6. October 3 Keyterms: tragedy, hero, pity, terror, citizen, justice, polis

  • Sophocles, Antigone
  • Jean Pierre-Vernant and Pierre Vidal-Naquet, “The Historical Moment of Tragedy in Greece: Some of the Social and Psychological Conditions” (pp. 23-29)
  • Aristotle, Poetics (excerpt)
  • Zadie Smith, “Now More Than Ever

Week 7. October 10 Keyterms: affordance, prolepsis, formalist/historicist

  • Paul Beatty, The Sellout
  • Caroline Levine, Forms (Introduction, pp. 1-23)
    <<Reading party>>

Week 8. October 17 *Meet on Monday instead?  Keyterms:character, plot, structural violence, slow violence

  • Paul Beatty, The Sellout
  • Johannes Galtung, “Structural Violence”
  • Rob Nixon, Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor (excerpt)
    Annotation with keyterm due

Week 9. October 24 Keyterms: global citizen, neoliberal multiculturalism, literary value, authority, slave narrative, prison narrative 

  • Paul Beatty, The Sellout
  • Jodi Melamed, “Making Global Citizens: Neoliberal Multiculturalism and Literary Value”
  • Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (excerpt)

Week 10 October 31 *Meet on Monday instead? Keyterms: labor, market, luxury, refusal, paralipsis, proposal

  • Audre Lorde, “Poetry is Not a Luxury”
  • Anne Boyer, “What is Not Writing,” “The Revolt of the Peasant Girls”
  • Pierre Bourdieu, “The Market for Symbolic Goods”
  • Herman Melville, “Bartleby the Scrivener”
  • Jonathan Swift, “A Modest Proposal”
  • Lindsay Turner, “Writing/Not Writing: Anne Boyer, Paralipsis, and Literary Work”

Week 11. November 7 Keyterms: TBD together

  • William Shakespeare, The Tempest
  • Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, “On the Abolition of the English Department”
    <<Reading party>>

Week 12. November 14 Keyterms: TBD together

  • William Shakespeare, The Tempest
  • Silvia Federici, Caliban and the Witch (excerpt)
     Proposal drafts due; draft workshopr

Week 13. November 21 *Meet on Monday instead? Keyterms: TBD together

  • Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway
  • Eric Hayot, The Elements of Academic Style (excerpt)

Week 14. November 28 Keyterms: TBD together

  • Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway
  • Pablo Picasso, “Guernica,” “Weeping Woman”
    Proposals due; start generating the exam list

Week 15. December 5 Keyterms TBD together

  • Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway
  • Martha Nussbaum, “Poets as Judges”
  • P. B. Shelley, “A Defence of Poetry”
    Finish the exam list

Week 16. December 12 Thesis presentations

  •  Andrea Chu Long, “Bad TV           

December 18: 3 pp. of honors thesis draft due with annotated bibliography

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