ENGL 801 "Introduction to Graduate Studies"
ENGL 801 is designed to help you develop the following skills:
Reserve, Online, and Video Resources: Along with some required reserve reading and one required film (Jordan's The Crying Game), I will refer you to additional resources available on reserve at Hale Library, online, or on video to complement our readings and discussions. Links within the online "Schedule of Classes" will take you to related online resources. I will add and update these resources as the semester progresses; if you locate a site or page which you find valuable, please let me know, and I'll consider adding it to the existing links.
Conferences: I want you to succeed in this course, and I am happy to meet with you about your work and your progress. I encourage you to see me before writing assignments are due, or if you have questions about material we discuss in class. Please feel free to stop by during office hours (M, W 9:00-10:00 a.m.) or contact me by phone or email to arrange a time to meet.
Note: All assigned reading should be completed by the date listed.
[CP]= Class Pack [R]=Reserve
|August||M 22||Introduction to ENGL 801|
|The Profession: What’s at Stake in Literary Studies?|
|W 24||Altick, "Vocation" (3-13); Graff, "The Scholar in Society" (343-362); Strausbach, "Eggheads' Naughty Word Games"; Pullum, "It's Your Choice at the MLA"; Fish, "The War on Higher Education" and "Make 'Em Cry" [CP]|
|F 26||Garber, A Manifesto for Literary Studies: "Asking Literary Questions" (3-14)|
|Close Reading, Ways of Reading|
|M 29||Marvell, "To His Coy Mistress" [CP]; Guerin, Handbook: "The Formalist Approach" (90-116, 149-150) and "First Things First: Textual Scholarship, Genres, and Source Study" (15-21, 29-35, 46-49)
Response paper (2 pp.) on Marvell due in class
|W 31||Marvell, continued; Guerin, Handbook: "Historical and Biographical Approaches" (51-57) and "Moral and Philosophical Approaches" (77-80); Garber, Manifesto: "Historical Correctness: The Use and Abuse of History for Literature" (45-69)|
|September||F 2||Rossetti, "Goblin Market" [CP]|
|M 5||Labour Day
|W 7||Rossetti, continued; one of the following chapters from Guerin, Handbook: "The Psychological Approach: Freud" (152-181); "Mythological and Archetypal Approaches" (182-221); "Feminisms and Gender Studies" (222-274); "Cultural Studies" (275-349); "The Play of Meaning(s): Reader-Response Criticism, Dialogics, and Structuralism and Poststructuralism, Including Deconstruction" (350-380)
Response paper (2 pp.) on Rossetti and your selected chapter due in class.
|F 9||Entering the Conversation: "From Close Reading to Persuasive Argumentation."
Preparation for Paper #1 (4 pp.): Keats, "To Autumn" (Option #1) and Atwood, "Spelling" (Option #2) [CP]; Gibaldi, MLA Handbook: "Thesis Statement" (49-51), "The Mechanics of Writing" (77-130), and "The Format of the Research Paper" (131-138)
Reminder: Meet the Track Heads, 3:30 p.m.
|M 12||Keats, "To Autumn" [CP]
Paper #1 (Option #1) due in class
|W 14||Atwood, "Spelling" [CP]
Paper #1 (Option #2) due in class
|F 16||Shelley, Frankenstein (1-101)|
|M 19||Frankenstein (103-156); Veeder, "The Women of Frankenstein" (271-273); Mellor, "Possessing Nature: The Female in Frankenstein" (274-286)|
|W 21||Frankenstein; Guerin (87-89, 141-149, 168-169, 208-209, 249-257, 314-325)|
|F 23||Entering the Conversation: "MLA International Bibliography and MLA Style."
Gibaldi, MLA Handbook: "Conducting Research" (8-37) and "Documenting Sources" and "MLA Style" (142-144)
|M 26||Entering the Conversation: "Finding the Critical Imperative" and "Writing an Abstract"
Read and identify thesis claim and sub-claims of Rose, "Custody Battles: Reproducing Knowledge about Frankenstein" [CP]
|Textual Scholarship and Scholarly Editing|
|W 28||Textual editing of Frankenstein: Joseph, "The Composition of Frankenstein" (157-160); Mellor, "Choosing a Text of Frankenstein to Teach" (160-166); Shelley, "Introduction to Frankenstein, Third Edition" (169-173)
Abstract of Zonana, "'They Will Prove the Truth of My Tale': Safie's Letters as the Feminist Core of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein" (170-184) [CP] due in class
|F 30||Nash, "The Culture of Collected Editions: Authorship, Reputation, and the Canon" (1-15); Bruccoli, "What Bowers Wrought: An Assessment of the Center for Editions of American Authors" (237-244); McGann, "Textonics: Literary and Cultural Studies in a Quantum World" (245-260) [CP]|
|October||M 3||Fall Break|
|W 5||Guest Speakers: Anne Phillips and Greg Eiselein, Norton Critical Edition of Little Women; brief textual studies exercise due in class.|
|F 7||Guest Speaker: Philip Nel, The Annotated Cat
Seuss, The Cat in the Hat and The Cat in the Hat Comes Back [R]; brief annotation exercise due in class.
|Boundary Crossings (1): Genre|
|M 10||Children's Literature, Cross-Reading, and Audience: Clark, "Kiddie Lit in Academe" (149-157); Byatt, "Harry Potter and the Childish Adult"; Green, "Letter to the Editor"; Donnelly, "Paperback Writer"; and Pullman, "Carnegie Medal Acceptance Speech" [CP]|
|W 12||Cobley, "Genre"; Murfin, "Genre"; Abrams, "Genre"; Goldman, from On Drama: Boundaries of Genre, Borders of Self (1-10)|
|F 14||Dramatic Poetry: Frost, "Home Burial" (792-4); "Two Complimentary Critical Readings: Poirier and Kearns" (1007-9) [CP]
Response on Frost (2 pp.) due in class
|M 17||Sanders, "Frost's North of Boston, Its Language, Its People, and Its Poet"; Vogt, "Narrative and Drama in the Lyric: Robert Frost's Strategic Withdrawal"; Bell, "Robert Frost and the Nature of Narrative" [CP] Notes|
|W 19||Entering the Conversation: "Print and Online Resources for Scholarly Research"
Gibaldi, "Research and Writing" (1-63) and "Plagiarism" (65-75)
Paragraph-length description of selected research topic due in class.
|F 21||Entering the Conversation: "Interventions: Identifying Your Critical Imperative"
List of five scholarly resources (print or online, formatted in MLA style) for your proposed topic due in class. Notes
|M 24||Redefining Realism: Johnson, "Rambler No. 4"; Woolf, "Modern Fiction" [CP] Notes|
|W 26||Poetic Prose: Woolf, "Kew Gardens" [CP]|
|F 28||Entering the Conversation: "Refining Your Focus and Developing Your Thesis Claim"
Abstract of and response to one scholarly article for your paper due in class
|Su 30||Showing of Neil Jordan's The Crying Game|
|M 31||Political Thriller or Old-Fashioned Love Story?: Jordan, The Crying Game; Jordan, "Introduction to The Crying Game" and Giles, from The Crying Game [CP]|
|November||T 1||Draft Abstract and Annotated Bibliography for Paper #2 due by 5 p.m. to my mailbox in ECS 119.|
|W 2||The Crying Game, continued; Chumo, "The Crying Game, Hitchcockian Romance, and the Quest for Identity"; Daly, "Post-Colonial Carnival (?): Neil Jordan's The Crying Game"; Wynne, "Crossing the Border: The Post-Colonial Carnival in Neil Jordan's The Crying Game"[CP]|
|F 4||No class -- read ahead and work on Paper #2.|
|Boundary Crossings (2): Literary Periods, Anthologies, and the Canon|
|M 7||Rhys, Wide Saragasso Sea (9-64) Notes|
|W 9||Wide Sargasso Sea (64-112)|
|F 11||Wide Sargasso Sea; excerpts from Bronte's Jane Eyre (119-132 ); excerpts from Rhys' letters, unpublished mss. & facsimile of mss. (135-149, 155-156); Thorpe, "'The Other Side': Wide Sargasso Sea and Jane Eyre" (173-181); and Rody, "Burning Down the House..." (217-225)|
|M 14||Emery, "Modernist Crosscurrents" (161-173); Ramchand, "The Place of Jean Rhys and Wide Sargasso Sea"(181-187); Drake, "Race and Carribean Culture as Thematics of Liberation in Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea" (193-206); and Erwin, "History and Narrative in Wide Sargasso Sea" (207-216)
Response on critical readings (2 pp.) due in class.
|W 16||Continue discussion of critical essays on Wide Sargasso Sea; bring working thesis claim for Paper #2 to class.|
|F 18||Besserman, "The Challenge of Periodization: Old Paradigms and New Perspectives" (3-27) and one of the following three chapters from Besserman: Griffin, "A Critique of Romantic Periodization" (133-146); Daleksi, "Thomas Hardy: A Victorian Modernist?" (179-195), and Vendler, "Periodizing Modern American Poetry" (233-244) Notes|
|M 21||Entering the Conversation: "Outlining and Drafting"
Writing Workshop: Bring two copies of your introduction with your thesis, your outline, and your "Works Cited" to class. Notes
|W 23||No Class --|
|F 25||Thanksgiving Break|
|M 28||Entering the Conversation: "Revising"
Writing Workshop: Bring two copies of your full paper and your "Works Cited" to class. Notes
|T 29||Paper #2 (10-12 pp.) and revised abstract due by 5 p.m. to my mailbox in ECS 119.|
|W 30||"Roundtable: Reviews of The Longman Anthology of British Literature and The Norton Anthology of English Literature" (195-214) [CP]|
|December||F 2||Entering the Conversation: "Preparing for a Conference Presentation"|
|M 5||Panel Presentation #1 Panel 1 Abstracts|
|W 7||Panel Presentation #2 Panel 2 Abstracts|
|F 9||Reflections on ENGL 801 and Literary Studies|