Graduate Literary Study
English 503, Autumn 2002
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- Written Assignments: There will be two short papers,
each of around 2,000 words the first a standard seminar
paper, the second to be delivered orally to the class (edited to
take no more than fifteen minutes) at semester's end.
- Reports: In addition to several in-class reports on
research exercises, each student will be responsible for
beginning discussion of one day's materials. That will typically
take the form of a brief (five-minute-ish) informal discussion of
the theoretical readings for the day and their use in
interpreting literature. The day's reporters will also be
responsible for steering discussion throughout the class meeting.
- Readings: Two books Mary Shelley's
Frankenstein (ed. Marilyn Butler) and Literary Theory:
An Anthology (ed. Julie Rivkin and Michael Ryan; abbreviated
LT) are available from New Jersey Books. Other
readings will be available as photocopies or on-line.
Schedule of Class Meetings
- Tuesday, 3 Sept.
- INTRODUCTION. Class business and an
introduction to bibliography.
- Tuesday, 10 Sept.
- TEXTUAL CRITICISM.
Readings: W. W. Greg, "The
Rationale of Copy-Text"; Fredson Bowers, "Current Theories of
Copy-Text, with an Example from Dryden"; Jerome McGann, "What Is
Critical Editing?" (photocopies); textual variants to
Frankenstein (Appendix B in Butler's edition); Anne K.
Mellor, "Revising Frankenstein." Reports: Textual
- Tuesday, 17 Sept.
- HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL
CRITICISM. Readings: Anne K. Mellor, "My
Hideous Progeny"; John Clubbe, "The Tempest-Toss'd Summer of
1816: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein"; Laura E. Crouch,
"Davy's A Discourse, Introductory to a Course of Lectures on
Chemistry: A Possible Scientific Source of
Frankenstein"; Jane Blumberg, "Frankenstein and the
'Good Cause.'" Reports: Library research exercises.
- Tuesday, 24 Sept.
- FORMALISM. Readings: Rivkin and Ryan,
"Formalisms" (LT, pp. 3-7); Boris Eichenbaum,
"Introduction to the Formal Method" (LT, pp. 8-16);
Cleanth Brooks, "The Formalist Critics" (LT, pp. 52-57)
and "The Language of Paradox" (LT, pp. 58-68); Peter
Brooks, "'Godlike Science/Unhallowed Arts': Language, Nature, and
- Tuesday, 1 Oct.
- STRUCTURALISM. Readings: Jonathan
Culler, "The Linguistic Foundation" (LT, pp. 73-75);
Ferdinand de Saussure, selection from Course in General
Linguistics (LT, pp. 76-90); Roman Jakobson, "Two
Aspects of Language" (LT, pp. 91-95); J. L. Austin,
selection from How to Do Things with Words (LT, pp.
96-100); Claude Lévi-Strauss, "The Structural Study of
Myth" (LT, pp. 101-15); Andrew Griffin, "Fire and Ice in
- Tuesday, 8 Oct.
- NO CLASS I'll be
away. Take the time to catch up, and brace yourself, because it
just gets harder from here.
- Tuesday, 15 Oct.
- POSTSTRUCTURALISM. Readings: Rivkin and
Ryan, "The Class of 1968" (LT, pp. 333-57); Jacques
Derrida, "Différance" (LT, pp. 385-407);
Michel Foucault, selections from The Order of Things
(LT, pp. 377-84) and The Archeology of Knowledge
(LT, pp. 421-28); Christian Bok, "The Monstrosity of
Representation: Frankenstein and Rousseau."
- Tuesday, 22 Oct.
- MARXISM. Readings: Rivkin and Ryan,
"Starting with Zero: Basic Marxism" (LT, pp. 231-42); G.
W. F. Hegel, "Dialectics" (LT, pp. 243-46); Karl Marx,
selections from Grundrisse (LT, pp. 247-50), The
German Ideology (LT, pp. 250-56), "Wage Labor and
Capital" (LT, pp. 262-67), and Capital (LT,
pp. 268-76); Louis Althusser, "Ideology and Ideological State
Apparatuses" (LT, pp. 294-304); Elsie B. Michie,
"Frankenstein and Marx's Theories of Alienated Labor."
- Tuesday, 29 Oct.
- FEMINISM, GENDER
STUDIES, AND QUEER
THEORY. Readings: Rivkin and Ryan, "Feminist
Paradigms" (LT, pp. 527-32) and "Contingencies of Gender"
(LT, pp. 675-78); Luce Irigaray, "The Power of Discourse
and the Subordination of the Feminine" (LT, pp. 570-73);
Hélène Cixous, "Sorties" (LT, pp. 578-84);
Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar, selection from The Madwoman
in the Attic (LT, pp. 596-611) and "Horror's Twin:
Mary Shelley's Monstrous Eve"; Barbara Johnson, "My Monster/My
Self"; selection from Michel Foucault, The History of
Sexuality (LT, pp. 683-91); Eve K. Sedgwick, selection
from Between Men (LT, pp. 696-712) and "Toward the
Gothic: Terrorism and Homosexual Panic."
- Tuesday, 5 Nov.
CRITICISM. Readings: Rivkin and Ryan,
"Strangers to Ourselves: Psychoanalysis" (LT, pp. 119-27);
selections from Freud (LT, pp. 128-77); selections from
Lacan (LT, pp. 178-205); Paul Sherwin,
"Frankenstein: Creation as Catastrophe"; Peter Brooks,
"What is a Monster? (According to Frankenstein)."
- Tuesday, 12 Nov.
- ETHNIC STUDIES AND
POSTCOLONIALISM. Readings: Rivkin and Ryan,
"English without Shadows, Literature on a World Scale"
(LT, pp. 851-55); Edward Said, selection from
Orientalism (LT, pp. 873-86); Henry Louis Gates,
"The Blackness of Blackness: A Critique on the Sign and the
Signifying Monkey" (LT, pp. 903-22); Homi Bhabha,
selection from The Location of Culture (LT, pp.
936-44); Gayatri Chakravorti Spivak, "Three Women's Texts and a
Critique of Imperialism"; Zohreh T. Sullivan, "Race, Gender, and
Imperial Ideology in the Nineteenth Century."
- Tuesday, 19 Nov.
- CULTURAL STUDIES.
Readings: Rivkin and Ryan, "The Politics of Culture" (LT,
pp. 1025-27); Pierre Bourdieu, selection from Distinction
(LT, pp. 1028-36); Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno, "The
Culture Industry as Mass Deception" (LT, pp. 1037-41);
Stuart Ewen, selection from All-Consuming Images: The Politics
of Style in Contemporary Culture (LT, pp. 1082-86);
James Whale, Frankenstein (1931 movie starring Boris
Karloff); Harriet E. Margolis, "Lost Baggage: or, The Hollywood
Sidetrack"; David Leon Higdon, "Frankenstein as Founding
Myth in Gary Larson's The Far Side."
- Tuesday, 26 Nov.
- NO CLASS
- Tuesday, 3 Dec.
- Tuesday, 10 Dec.
- CONFERENCE PAPERS.