Graduate Literary Study
English 503, Autumn 2004
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Office: (973) 353-5279 x 516; 516 Hill Hall.
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 10:30-11:30, and by
appointment (appointments are best).
Home: (609) 882-4642 (before 10:00 p.m.!).
E-mail: jlynch @
andromeda.rutgers.edu (the best way to reach me).
Listserv: gradintro @
andromeda.rutgers.edu (for the whole class)
- Written Assignments: There will be two papers, the
first of around 2,000 words (eight pages-ish), the second of
around 4,000 words (fifteen pages-ish).
- 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, 2nd ed. (ed. Julie Rivkin and Michael Ryan)
are available from New Jersey Books on University Ave.
(not the Rutgers Bookstore). Other readings will be
available on-line. The readings will be positively overwhelming:
don't fret. Just work your way through as much as you reasonably
can. Two books might help: Terry Eagleton, Literary Theory: An
Introduction, and David Macey, The Penguin Dictionary of
Schedule of Class Meetings
- Tuesday, 7 Sept.
- INTRODUCTION. Class business and an
introduction to bibliography.
- Tuesday, 14 Sept.
- TEXTUAL CRITICISM.
Readings: W. W. Greg, "The
Rationale of Copy-Text"; Fredson Bowers, "Greg's
'Rationale of Copy-Text' Revisited"; G. Thomas Tanselle, "Textual
Instability and Editorial Idealism"; textual variants to
Frankenstein (Appendix B in Butler's edition); Anne K.
Mellor, "Revising Frankenstein." Reports: Textual
- Tuesday, 21 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, 28 Sept.
- FORMALISM. Readings: Rivkin and Ryan,
"Formalisms"; Boris Eichenbaum, "The Formal Method"; Cleanth
Brooks, "The Formalist Critics" and "The Language of Paradox";
Peter Brooks, "'Godlike Science/Unhallowed Arts': Language,
Nature, and Monstrosity."
- Tuesday, 5 Oct.
- RHETORIC, PHENOMENOLOGY, AND
READER RESPONSE. Readings:
Rivkin and Ryan, "Language and Action"; Edmund Husserl, "Ideas";
Edward Corbett, "Classical Rhetoric"; J. L. Austin, "How to Do
Things with Words"; Richard Lanham, "Tacit Persuasion Patterns";
Stanley Fish, "Interpretive Communities"; Beth Newman,
"Narratives of Seduction and the Seductions of Narrative: The
Frame Structure of Frankenstein."
- Tuesday, 12 Oct.
- STRUCTURALISM. Readings: Rivkin and
Ryan, "The Implied Order: Structuralism"; Jonathan Culler, "The
Linguistic Foundation"; Ferdinand de Saussure, selection from
Course in General Linguistics; Vladimir Propp, selection
from Morphology of the Folk-Tale; Roman Jakobson, "Two
Aspects of Language"; Andrew Griffin, "Fire and Ice in
- Tuesday, 19 Oct.
- POSTSTRUCTURALISM. Readings: Rivkin and
Ryan, "Introductory Deconstruction"; Jacques Derrida,
"Différance" and selection from Of
Grammatology; Jean-François Lyotard, selection from
The Postmodern Condition; Jean Baudrillard, "Simulacra and
Simulations"; Christian Bok, "The Monstrosity of Representation:
Frankenstein and Rousseau."
- Tuesday, 26 Oct.
- MARXISM. Readings: Rivkin and Ryan,
"Starting with Zero"; G. W. F. Hegel, "Dialectics"; Karl Marx,
selections from Grundrisse, The German Ideology,
"Wage Labor and Capital," and Capital; Louis Althusser,
"Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses"; Elsie B. Michie,
"Frankenstein and Marx's Theories of Alienated Labor."
- Tuesday, 2 Nov.
- FEMINISM. Readings: Rivkin and Ryan,
"Feminist Paradigms"; Luce Irigaray, "The Power of Discourse and
the Subordination of the Feminine" and "Women on the Market";
Coppélia Kahn, "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle"; Sandra M.
Gilbert and Susan Gubar, selection from The Madwoman in the
Attic and "Horror's Twin: Mary Shelley's Monstrous Eve";
Ellen Moers, "Female Gothic"; Barbara Johnson, "My Monster/My
- Tuesday, 9 Nov.
- GENDER STUDIES AND
QUEER THEORY. Readings:
Readings: Rivkin and Ryan, "Contingencies of Gender"; selection
from Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality; Judith
Butler, "Performative Acts and Gender Constitution"; Eve
Kosofsky Sedgwick, "Epistemology of the Closet" and "Toward the
Gothic: Terrorism and Homosexual Panic."
- Tuesday, 16 Nov.
CRITICISM. Readings: Rivkin and Ryan,
"Strangers to Ourselves: Psychoanalysis"; selections from Freud;
selections from Lacan; Paul Sherwin, "Frankenstein:
Creation as Catastrophe"; Peter Brooks, "What is a Monster?
(According to Frankenstein)."
- Tuesday, 23 Nov.
- NEW HISTORICISM.
Readings: Rivkin and Ryan, "Writing the Past"; E. P. Thompson,
"Witness Against the Beast"; Michel Foucault, selection from
Discipline and Punish; Nancy Armstrong, "Some Call It
Fiction: On the Politics of Domesticity"; Stephen Greenblatt,
"Shakespeare and the Exorcists"; Jerrold E. Hogle,
"Frankenstein as Neo-Gothic: From the Ghost of the
Counterfeit to the Monster of Abjection"; Ellen Cronan Rose,
"Custody Battles: Reproducing Knowledge about
- Tuesday, 30 Nov.
- ETHNIC STUDIES AND
POSTCOLONIALISM. Readings: Rivkin and Ryan,
"Situating Race" and "English without Shadows: Literature on a
World Scale"; Ian F. Haney López, "The Social Construction
of Race"; Henry Louis Gates, "The Blackness of Blackness: A
Critique on the Sign and the Signifying Monkey"; Ania Loomba,
"Situating Colonial and Postcolonial Studies"; Ngugi wa Thiong'o,
"Decolonising the Mind"; Homi Bhabha, selection from Signs
Taken for Wonders; Zohreh T. Sullivan, "Race, Gender, and
Imperial Ideology in the Nineteenth Century."
- Tuesday, 7 Dec.
- CULTURAL STUDIES.
Readings: Rivkin and Ryan, "The Politics of Culture"; Walter
Benjamin, "Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction";
Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno, "The Culture Industry as Mass
Deception"; Michel de Certeau, selection from The Practice of
Everyday Life; 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."