"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 Hamlet and passages from Tyson

September 7 : Building close readings

Shakespeare, Hamlet - Acts I-III

Lois Tyson, "New Criticism" (129-137, 142-144 or here)

HW: Close reading of 1 passage

September 14:

Finish Hamlet - Acts IV and V

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

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

September 21: Poetry & Scansion

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

Please bring your Close Reading in hard copy to class, along with the Brooks and Fish articles.

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 28: Historicizing & adding contexts

Scansion Quiz: Practice using For Better or for Verse

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

Christina Rossetti, Goblin Market

Poetry Close Reading due

October 5: Crafting the English Essay

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: No Class

Essay 1 draft due by email to

Start The Great Gatsby over break, Chapters 1-2

October 19: Library Session & Conferencing

Class meets in the lobby of Leonard Lief Library!

Essay 1 final draft due

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

Essay Grading Rubric (here)

October 26: No Class

Psychoanalytic readings

Ernst Jones, "A Psycho-analytic Study of Hamlet" (here)

Finish The Great Gatsby

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 


November 2, friday: FEMINIST CRITICISM

Elaine Showalter, "Representing Ophelia: Women, Madness, and the Responsibilities of Feminist Criticism" (here)

Lois Tyson, Critical Theory Today: A User-Friendly Guide (79-114)

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.

Bring The Great Gatsby with you to class.


Herman Melville, "Bartleby the Scrivener"

Lois Tyson, Critical Theory Today: A User-Friendly Guide (51-65)

Homework (here)

November 16: postcolonial Criticism

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

Lois Tyson, Critical Theory Today: A User-Friendly Guide (398-406, 428-440)

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

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: Anthology project & Citation

Class meets in the Carman computer labs!

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

If you own a Citation style guide (The Little Seagull, MLA Handbook, etc.), please bring it with you to class.

Citations Presentation


Bring in a full rough draft of your Final Essay to class in hard copy.

December 14: FINALS

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.

Final Essays must be turned in in hard copy.

Anthology Projects can be emailed as a PDF or Word attachment.