E383L: Schedule of Readings

Week 1
Why I Hate Symbols
Vladimir Nabokov—“Good Readers and Good Writers” (Xeroxes; Journal)
Robert Frost—“The Road Not Taken
Robert Frost—“Education By Poetry,” “After Apple Picking” (Xeroxes; Journal)
Steven Johnson—“Metaphor Monopoly” (Xeroxes; Journal)

General Meeting —Journal / Journal Conference
Week 2

Gary Lindberg—"The Journal Conference: from Dialectic to Dialogue" (Handout)
Perrine—"The Nature of Proof in the Interpretation of Poetry
" (Xeroxes)
John Bunyan—
from Pilgrim’s Progress (Xeroxes; Journal)

Working with Journals / Leading Discussions (talk @ response paper)
Donald Finkel—Teaching with Your Mouth Shut (pp. 31-50; Packet)

Week 3

Ernest Hemingway—in our time (Journal "Fun with Hemingway)
Mary McCarthy"
Settling the Colonel's Hash" (Xeroxes)

Working with Journals / Leading Discussions (presentations scheduled)
Robert Scholes—Textual Power: Literary Theory and the Teaching of English (pp. 18-73)
Initial Journal Conferences (to be scheduled with me)

Week 4
Sandra Gilbert“The Queen’s Looking Glass” (Xeroxes; Journal)
Anne Bradstreet“The Prologue” (Xeroxes; Journal)
Phyllis Wheatley“On Being Brought from Africa to America” (Xeroxes; Jrnal)
Henry Louis Gates, Jr —“
Phyllis Wheatley On Trial” (Xeroxes)
Nikki Giovanni“To Phyllis Wheatley” (Xeroxes; Journal)

1 Page Reaction Paper (on the Gilbert—Thursday morning)

Leading Discussions
Christenson, C. Roland, et. al. (eds.) Education for Judgement: The Artistry of Discussion Leadership (Ch. 1, 2, 6, 8, 9).
Week 5
Annette Kolodny—“A Map for Re-reading” (Xeroxes)
Charlotte Perkins Gilman“The Yellow Wallpaper” (Xeroxes; Journal)

The Two-Page
Paper (TA’s due)

Leading Discussions
Christenson, C. Roland, et. al. Eds. Education for Judgement: The Artistry of Discussion Leadership
(Ch. 7, 10, 14, 15, 16).
Week 6
NYT Editorials — The Jefferson / Hemings Controversy (Xeroxes; Journal)
Frederick DouglassNarrative of the Life . . . (Journal)

Marking Up Papers
(Good, Better, Best)

Leading Discussions
Christenson, C. Roland, et. al. Eds. Education for Judgement: The Artistry of Discussion Leadership (if needed)
Week 7

T. S. Eliot—“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” (Xeroxes; Journal)
Hilda DoolittleSelected Poems (Xeroxes; Journal)
W. E. B. Du Bois — from
The Souls of Black Folk
Langston HughesSelected Poems,“The Negro Artist & the Racial Mountain” (Xrx; Jrnl)
Countee Cullen—“Yet Do I Marvel” (Xeroxes; Journal)
Joe Wood—“Who Says a White Band Can’t Play Rap?” (Xeroxes; Journal)
Américo Parédes — from With His Pistol in His Hand (Xeroxes)
Manuel Peña — "Música fronteriza / Border Music" (Xeroxes)
Américo Parédes —"The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez" (Xeroxes; Journal)
Rodolfo Gonzales —"My Name Is Joaqín" (Xeroxes; Journal)

The Two-Page Paper (TA’s rewrites due)

Presentation: DeMott- Eco, Umberto. Six Walks in the Fictional Woods

Week 8
Grading Papers (Long Meeting—pizza will be provided)
Week 9

Samuel Clemens—The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Journal)

Lamfers- Sundquist, Eric J. To Wake the Nations

Week 10
Samuel Clemens—The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Journal)
Jane Smiley—“Say It Ain’t So, Huck” (Xeroxes; Journal)

Presentation: Nevarez- Freire, Paulo. The Pedagogy of the Oppressed; Beerits- Freire, Paulo. Education for Critical Consciousness
Week 11

Flannery O'Connor"Some Aspects of the Grotesque in Southern Fiction" (Xeroxes; Journal)
Flannery O'Connor"A Good Man Is Hard To Find" (Xeroxes; Journal)
Wallace Stevens — from "The Noble Rider and the Sound of Words" (Xeroxes)

Fredric Jameson —"Postmodernism, or The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism" (Xeroxes; optional)
Thomas de Zengotita — "The Numbing of the American Mind: Culture as Anesthetic" (Xeroxes; optional)
Raymond Chandler —"The Simple Art of Murder" (Xeroxes; optional)
Raymond Chandler —"Red Wind" (Xeroxes; Journal)
Ridley Scott — scenes from Blade Runner (1982; in lecture)

TA's Second Paper (2 pages) due

Howell- Showalter, Elaine. Teaching Literature

Week 12

William Faulkner—“Barn Burning” (Xeroxes; Journal)
Quentin Tarantino Pulp Fiction (Journal)
Gregory Gibson —"Our Violent Inner Landscape" (Xeroxes; optional)
Bob Herbert —"A Volatile Young Man, Humiliation, and a Gun" (Xeroxes; optional)

Samuel A. Kimball, "'Bad-Ass Dudes' in Pulp Fiction" (Xeroxes; Journal)

Second Paper (2 pages) due in Discussion Section

Richter, David H. Falling Into Theory (pp. 1-30, 121-36, 235-52, + your favorite article)

Presentation: Treanor- Trimble, John. Writing with Style

Week 13
Toni Morrison—"Unspeakable Things Unspoken" (Xeroxes)
Toni Morrison
— Sula (Journal)
Sandra CisnerosThe House on Mango Street (Journal)
John Sayles—"Interview" from Sayles on Sayles (Xeroxes)
John SaylesLone Star (Xeroxes)

Final Examination Questionsrequired for all TAs
The Final Journal Conference


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