"Buy with a golden curl" - Goblin Market

August 31: Introduction

Hemingway, "Hills Like White Elephants"

Chaucer, Prologue to The Canterbury Tales - Click here to listen and follow along with this translation.

HW: (1) 5 literary devices; (2) Letter to the Professor; (3) Read Goblin Market and passages from Barry

September 7 : Building close readings

Christina Rossetti, Goblin Market

HW: Close reading of 3 passages; (2) Read poetry packet 

September 14: Poetry & Scansion

Poems in the poetry packet (here): Christopher Marlowe, Sir Walter Raleigh, Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare, Harryette Mullen, and Langston Hughes

Cleanth Brooks, "The Heresy of Paraphrase" (here)

Stanley Fish, "How to Recognize a Poem When You See One" (here)

Close Readings due

HW: (1) Study for scansion quiz; (2) Write up a Close reading of any poem from the packet(3) Read and Goblin Market; jot down some biographical info on Christina Rossetti; (4) Read "The Intentional Fallacy" 

September 21: Historicizing & adding contexts

Scansion Quiz: Practice using For Better or for Verse

Timelines Activity in Class


September 28: Crafting the English Essay


Read Wimsatt and Beardsley, "The Intentional Fallacy" (here)

Poetry Close Reading due

October 5: Introducing Theory. Psychoanalytic & Marxist readings.

HW: Write up keyword paragraphs for Marxist and Postcolonial Criticism. Check out Zizek videos 1 and 2.

Read Roland Barthes, "The Death of the Author" (here)

Homework A-D (here)

Class will be held in a Carman computer lab Room 126. Please report directly there.

October 12: Theory: Feminist & Postcolonial Readings.

George Orwell, "Shooting an Elephant" (here)

Harryette Mullen, "European Folktale Variant" (here)

Browse the Every Single Word Spoken by a Person of Color versions of Lord of the Rings and Maleficent


October 19: Library Session

Class meets in the lobby of Leonard Lief Library! Be sure to have your Lehman I.D.


October 26: No Class

Essay 1 final draft due

Lecture notes from last week's class on Writing Papers (here)

Essay Grading Rubric (here)


Homework: Finish Timeline Assignment and write Post-Library Synopsis (here)

Bring Lois Tyson's Critical Thery Today: A User-Friendly Guide with you to class

November 1, Thursday: FRANKENREADS EVENT (Guest Lecture) 


November 2, friday: Frankenreads event (Marathon reading trip)


November 9: MLA Research. Integrating secondary sources.

Read Herman Melville, "Bartleby the Scrivener"

Using the Artemis or MLA database, search up an article that offers a feminist reading of The Great Gatsby, Goblin Market, Hemingway, Chaucer, or Shakespeare. Print out the abstract and bring it to class.

Homework (here)

November 16: Morgan Library trip

Class meets at The Morgan Library, 225 Madison Avenue between 36th and 37th Streets.Lois Tyson, Critical Theory Today: A User-Friendly Guide (398-406, 428-440)

November 23: No class - happy Thanksgiving!

Come to Carman 392 prepared with a Table of Contents for your Anthology Project (typed up and formatted).

For your essay, come prepared with your 3 passages for analysis followed by close reading bullet points, as well as a thesis statement. 

Write a short note to me indicating what  aspects of writing or reading you will focus on improving for your Final Essay. Base this on comments from your first paper.

Conference schedule 

November 30: Writing comparative essays & Citations

Group Writing Competition

Bring a Citation style guide (The Little Seagull, MLA Handbook, etc.) with you to class.

Citations Presentation

December 7: Anthology project

Work extensively on your Anthology Project and bring your file to class e-mailed to yourself or on a flash drive.

December 14: FINALS week - 

Check your email and fill out the Course Evaluation before it expires! A link should have been sent to you from the Vice Provost. 

Final essays and Anthology Projects are due emailed as a PDF or Word attachment.