ENG 463: Seminar in Literature - Theory & Criticism


close reading, Surface reading, distant reading - February 13 

Rapporteur: Calandra

Peter Brooks, Reading for the Plot 

Sharon Marcus and Stephen Best, Surface Reading 

Franco Morretti, Maps, Graphs and Trees 

What is Distant Reading? 


DECONSTRUCTION, Struturalism, Post-structuralism 

Rapporteur: Ashley Davis

Roland Barthes, The Death of the Author

Barthes, From Work to Text

Useful link: Oxford Reference Dictionary for critical terms

Read M Butterfly over the break

February 20: No class (Monday schedule)

* Special Event: Friday, February 23

New Historicism- March 27

Rapporteur: Jennifer

Catherine Gallagher & Stephen Greenblatt, The Mousetrap

Refamiliarize yourself with Hamlet; bring an old copy to class if you have.

Cultural Studies

Rapporteur: Amy

Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Jennifer's Butt

Laura Mulvey, Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema

happy spring break!

Postcolonial Theory - April 17

Rapporteur: Sharon

Edward Said, Orientalism

Gayatri Spivak, Can the Subaltern Speak?

Chinua Achebe, The African Writer and the English Language

Ngugi wa Thiongo, The Language of African Literature

Franz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth: Black Skin, White Mask (reprise)

HW: Paper topic abstract & Annotated bibliography: Type out a brief paragraph explaining your proposed paper topic. Perform a database search (like we did in class) and browse through ~10 sources using variations of keywords relating to your topic. Note which journals articles seem to be coming from. Ask professors in your area of interest about the top 3 journals in their respective field. From your search, choose 3-5 sources, provide the bibliographic information for each, and underneath, briefly explain how this source helps inform your research and contributes to your thinking for the paper. Turn in your topic proposal and annotated big in hard copy.

Bring all your theory readings from earlier in the semester (with your annotations) for a short writing exercise at the beginning of next class.

English department awards ceremony - May 2

Mock conference - May 15

research Papers due MAY 22