Jacqueline Wernimont : Network Weaver, Scholar, Digitrix

Numbers, poetry, digital tools, and a more generous method

Junior Seminar in Literary Theory (Spring 2013)

Scripps English 115 Spring 2013

Jacqueline Wernimont

T/Th 1:15-2:30 Hum 120


Office: Dartmouth House #C

Hours: Monday 9:30-11:00 and by appt

Email: jwernimo@scrippscollege.edu



Literary Theory: An Anthology (second edition), Julie Rivkin and Michael Ryan, eds. Blackwell Publishing 2004.

Theory of Literature, Paul H. Fry, Yale University Press, 2012 (p 1-38). You can also watch the lectures (1 & 2) on youTube (but also do the reading) http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD00D35CBC75941BD

Italo Calvino will be available on Sakai “The Spiral”

Fantastic Mr. Fox, Roald Dahl with illustrations by Quentin Blake(Puffin, reprint 2007).Because this is a graphic novel, I’m requesting that you get the physical copy of this book.

The House That Jack Built

The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde (1890 edition, as presented in the 2011 teaching edition edited by James Gifford).http://contentdm.library.uvic.ca/cdm/singleitem/collection/Literary/id/2521


Sakai and a class blog (private) will be in heavy use.


-Learn techniques and methods for engaging literature
-Learn how to incorporate literary theory in writing – especially for thesis
-Learn how to write a close reading
-Learn how to read, recognize, and understand literary theoretical frameworks


-Working definition of literary theory schools/modes
-clear understanding of how to write and incorporate a close reading of a literary text into an analytic paper
-a short and a long paper in which the author utilizes a single literary theoretical framework in order to analyze a short piece of fiction


Weekly Blog posts 10/12 with a 500 word minimum    30 %            Completion
2 “submitted” – (notify if you want private feedback)   10 %            Graded
2 peer feedback posts, 300 word minimum                 10 %            Completion
Midterm: 3-4 pages – close reading                              20 %            Graded
Final: 8-10 pages                                                             30 %            Graded



T 1/22              Intro
Th 1/24             Why theory? Read: Fry 1-38.
Calvino: “The Spiral”
T 1/29             – prof out sick –
Th 1/31        Formalisms: sections 1, 2, 3, 5, 6
T 2/5            Form and “The Spiral”
Th 2/7          Levinson “What is New Formalism?”
T 2/12           Structuralism, Linguistics, Narratology 1,3, 4, 6, 7, 8
Th 2/14         Wrapping up the Spiral/setting up Dorian Gray
The Picture of Dorian Gray

T 2/26           Rhetoric, Phenomenology, Reader Response
Th 2/28        Reading Dorian Gray + “Interpretive Communities”
T 3/5             Poststructuralism, Deconstruction, Postmodernism 1, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
Th 3/7          Post-Dorian Gray
T 3/12          Psychoanalysis and Psychology and Dorian Gray 1, 2, 3, 7
Th 3/14       Dorian Gray in history 1, 4, 6


Friday 3/15    FYI: THATCamp Feminisms begins
T 3/19            Spring Break
Th 3/21          Spring Break
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
T 3/26            Political Criticism 1, 5, 8, 10, 11, 14
Th 3/28          A Marxist Fox?
T 4/2             Feminisms with the Fox 1, 3, 8
Th 4/4           Gender Studies in the Fox 1, 4, 7


The House That Jack Built

T 4/9           Ethnic Literary and Cultural Studies and Critical Race Theory 1, 2, 3, 5

Th 4/11                w/Jack’s House
T 4/16          Colonial, Postcolonial, and Transnational Studies 1, 4, 5, 8
Th 4/18               w/Jack’s House
T 4/23          Cultural Studies 1, 2, 4, 5
Th 4/25                w/Jack’s House

T 4/30          Emerging theories: Deformance and Distant Reading
Jerome McGann and Lisa Samuels “Deformance and Interpretation”
Franco Moretti Graphs, Maps, and Trees
Th 5/2          Deforming and distantly reading Jack’s House

T 5/7               Last day of classes Senior papers due by 5 p.m. via Sakai
Monday May 13 Final Paper Due (by 5 p.m., via Sakai)


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