INTRODUCTION TO LITERARY STUDY
"Buy with a golden curl" - Goblin Market
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.
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 19: Library Session
Class meets in the lobby of Leonard Lief Library! Be sure to have your Lehman I.D.
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.
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.
November 30: Writing comparative essays & Citations
Group Writing Competition
Bring a Citation style guide (The Little Seagull, MLA Handbook, etc.) with you to class.
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.