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

 

Books:

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.
http://www.amazon.com/Fantastic-Mr-Fox-Roald-Dahl/dp/0142410349/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359033626&sr=8-1&keywords=fantastic+mr+fox+books

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.

 

GOALS
-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

 

OUTCOMES
-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

 

ASSIGNMENTS
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

 

Schedule:

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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