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Course Calendar

8/29:
Introduction
8/31:
(Come to Class) What is reading?
Read: Edna St. Vincent Millay, “Sonnet V”

9/5:
NO CLASSES: Labor Day
9/7:
Work on: What is the English Major? What is it good for? Use Twitter (“use” means: search, find hashtags, find followers).

9/12:
How to Read?
Read: “Connotation/Denotation” definitions, “Fabula/Sujet” definitions, E.M. Forster on “Story/Plot,” and Raymond Queneau from Exercises in Style
9/14:
Work on: Create and set up your blog, pick a theme, tweet about it, make your first post. Check out and tweet about your peers’ blogs.

LITERARY TERMS

9/19:
Rhetorical Terms
Read: Harvey “Elements of the Academic Essay,” Yeats “When You Are Old,” and Roethke “My Papa’s Waltz”
9/21:
Work on: continue discussion of literary terms. Retweet tweets that use metaphor, simile, synechdoche, and metonymy. Pick a short story to focus on this semester.

9/26:
Metaphor and Metonymy
Read: “Metaphor, Metonymy, Simile, Synecdoche” definitions and Hemingway “A Very Short Story”
Due: Glossary of Terms Assignment
9/28:NO CLASSES

10/3:
Digital Humanities
Read: All six “Humanities 2.0” articles: http://topics.nytimes.com/top/features/books/series/humanities_20/index.html
10/5:
Create a Wordle for a short story you like. Do ngram comparisons between the prominent words and other words (synonyms, other things in the signifying chain)

LITERARY THEORY

10/10:
NO CLASSES
10/12:
Read:  Richter “ Mapping Critical Theories” and Barry “Beginning Theory”Work on: best definition of “literary theory” game
Due: Digital Humanities Project

10/17:
Close Reading
Read: Bressler “New Criticism”
10/19:
Work on: annotate a Shakespeare sonnet together via twitter

10/24:
Semiotics
Read: Ferdinand de Saussure “Nature of the Linguistic Sign”
10/26:
Apply structuralism to a Shakespearean sonnet
Due: Annotated Paragraph

10/31:
Psychoanalysis
Read: Sigmund Freud “The Dream-Work”
11/2:
Work on: Tweet a link to a website about interpreting dreams. What would Freud say?

11/7:
Structuralism
Read: Claude Lévi-Strauss “Structural Study of Myth”
11/9:
Work on: Structural study of myths that are still popular today

11/14:
Library Research
Read: all the tutorials here: http://qcpages.qc.edu/library/research/tutorials/index.php
11/16:
Work on: MLA citations. We also need to decide on a longish “literary” novel to read (around 300 pages)

11/21:
Reader-Response
Read: Stanley Fish “How to Recognize a Poem When You See One”
11/23:
Work on: Finding poems on the webDue: Annotated Bibliography

READING LITERATURE

11/28:
Reading I
Read: Novel first third
11/30:
Work on: What is biographical criticism good for? What is New Historicism good for?

12/5:
Reading II
Read: Novel second third
Due: Conference Presentations
12/7:
Work on: compile bibliographies of other theoretical approaches

12/12:
Reading III
Read:Novel to end

Final projects due on Monday 12/19 by midnight.


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