Directions for the final exam (12/13/2013)
Directions and grading criteria for the final. The exam will be available on Monday, December 16, at 9 a.m. and due on Tuesday, December 17, at 3 p.m.
Narayan and course conclusion (12/09/2013)
Malgudi Days: another path for Indian English fiction; realism, comedy, modernity, secular magic. Concluding course overview.
Barnes (2) (12/05/2013)
Nightwood, concluded. Barnes’s style; the unassimilable simile. Versions of community: the circus; gender as performance. The problems of “inversion”: what alternatives? “One dog will find them both.”
Barnes (1) (12/02/2013)
Nightwood. Barnes as expatriate: her affiliations and disaffiliations. Alienated and involuntary responses.
Blog assignment: make a historical line (12/01/2013)
Blog prompt for December 1, in lieu of commonplacing.
NOAA Memorial for the 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane (11/26/2013)
From the National Weather Service: a very rich page about the disastrous 1928 hurricane, with photographs. The storm and the subsequent flooding killed thousands—principally black migrant workers—in Florida and the Caribbean. Hurston’s novel represents or memorializes the storm and its aftermath.
Hurston (4) (11/26/2013)
Their Eyes Were Waching God, concluded: the 1928 hurricane and the novel’s other social visions.
Hurston (3) (11/25/2013)
Their Eyes Were Waching God, continued: Alice Walker and the recovery of Hurston; Hurston’s novel and feminism.
Paper 2 Assignment (11/25/2013)
The second paper, due November 25 at 5 p.m.
Alice Walker, “In Search of Zora Neale Hurston” (11/25/2013)
Ms. 3 (March 1975): 74–79, 85–89. This essay, which is optional reading for November 25, played an important role in the revival of Hurston’s reputation in the 1970s.
Hurston (2) (11/21/2013)
Their Eyes Were Waching God, continued: language and power; oral culture and Sis Cat; knuckle pudding.
Anand, concluded; Hurston (1) (11/18/2013)
Untouchable, final discussion: demands of proletarian fiction: agitational effects, debate forms. Introduction to Hurston: the Harlem Renaissance; Hurston’s narrative voice; dialect anew.
Anand (2) (11/14/2013)
Untouchable, continued: Indian writing in English; representations of nation, empire, and caste.
Quick reference on the concept of caste (11/11/2013)
Caste is a challenging concept. Read these two articles from the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences for a meaningful condensed introduction to the way scholars talk about caste, with particular reference to India: Caste and Caste, Anthropology of.
Faulkner, concluded; Anand (1) (11/11/2013)
As I Lay Dying, concluded. Untouchable, introduction: peripheral setting, the question of language.
Faulkner (2) (11/07/2013)
As I Lay Dying: continued. Because this slide contains aggregate information about the grades in the class, it is viewable only by class members.
Woolf, concluded; Faulkner (1) (11/04/2013)
Mrs. Dalloway, concluded: life in common. As I Lay Dying, introduction: the form.
Woolf (3) (10/31/2013)
Mrs. Dalloway, continued, including remarks on Zwerdling’s essay on the social system in the novel.
Woolf (2) (10/28/2013)
Mrs. Dalloway, continued: the postwar.
Hemingway (2) (10/21/2013)
In Our Time, concluded: craft, masculinity, the postwar.
Sayers, concluded; Hemingway (10/17/2013)
Last remarks on Whose Body? Hemingway: style, craft, minimalism.
Joyce, concluded; Sayers (10/14/2013)
Last remarks on Portrait. Whose Body? and the contrast between the restricted and large-scale fields.
Joyce (4) (10/10/2013)
Portrait: the structure.
Handout: Portrait Structure (10/10/2013)
The blank grid used in class for analyzing the novel’s structure.
Joyce (3) (10/07/2013)
Portrait: more on irony; epiphany.
Handout: One of Joyce’s Epiphanies (10/07/2013)
An example of an “epiphany” that Joyce later incorporated into Portrait.
Joyce (2) (10/03/2013)
Portrait: discourse, the Uncle Charles Principle, irony.
Paper 1 Assignment (10/07/2013)
The first paper, due October 7 at 5 p.m.
Joyce (1) (09/30/2013)
Portrait: introduction to Joyce; Bildungsroman and other genres.
Stein (2) (09/26/2013)
Stein (1) (09/23/2013)
Conrad concluded; “Melanctha” begun.
Conrad, Heart of Darkness (09/19/2013)
James concluded; Conrad begun.
James, “The Beast in the Jungle” (09/16/2013)
Slides from the discussion of Henry James. Also includes remarks on Pascale Casanova.
Theories of modern literature and art (09/12/2013)
Slides from class on the meaning of “modern” in literature. Discussion of Woolf, Wilson, and Bürger.
Wilde, Dorian Gray (09/09/2013)
Wilde’s novel The Picture of Dorian Gray at the Open Library. The link takes you directly to the Preface cited in class (“There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book”). [Link added Sept. 26.]
James and Wilde on fiction (09/09/2013)
Slides from the second class.
Slides from the first class.
Handout: Which Are Modern? (09/05/2013)
Discussion prompt from the first class.
The most up-to-date syllabus.