English 356 Calendar

Wk 1    Week of Jan 19

T          Introduction

Introductory Blog by midnight

Th        Critical Realism and Naturalism

Émile Zola, from The Experimental Novel (1880) [read the preface and first 3 sections, pages 1-31]

Zola Power Point from class

Wk 2    Week of Jan 26

T          Émile Zola, Germinal (1885), Parts I-II, 1-132

Th        Zola, cont., Part III, 135-195

Wk 3    Week of Feb 2

T          Zola, cont., Part IV, 199-291

Th        Zola, cont., Part V, 295-354

Wk 4    Week of Feb 9

T          Zola, cont., Parts V-VII, 354-476

Th        Zola, cont., Part VII, 476-end

Zola Group Work

Wk 5    Week of Feb 16

T          Experimental Anti-Realism

Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot (1957), whole play

Th        Beckett, cont.

Wk 6    Week of Feb 23

T          Beckett, cont.

Martin Esslin, from Theatre of the Absurd (1961)

Beckett Power Point from class

Beckett Group Work from class

Optional: Theodor Adorno, “Commitment

Th        Midterm

Wk 7    Week of Mar 2

Theme 1: Bad Worlds

T          Yevgeny Zamyatin, We (1921), 1-74

Th        Zamyatin, cont., 75-120

Wk 8    Week of Mar 9

T          Zamyatin, cont.                                                             120-179

Th        Zamyatin, cont                                                              180-225 (end)

 Spring Break

Wk 9    Week of Mar 23

T          Zamyatin, cont.

Th        Meet in normal classroom, and bring a laptop or tablet for a research methods workshop led by Ms. Rachel Arteaga, from the Merriam Library. This will be most useful to you if you bring ideas—even vague ones—for a project topic.

Wk 10  Week of Mar 30

T          No class :: César Chávez Day

Th        Alan Moore and David Lloyd, V for Vendetta (1982-89), entirety

Wk 11  Week of Apr 5

T          V for Vendetta, cont.

Th        V for Vendetta, cont.

T.S. Eliot, “The Hollow Men” [read first here, then check out the annotated version here]

Anonymous, “We are Anonymous. We do not forgive. We do not forget.

Wk 12  Week of Apr 12

Theme 2: Inequality

M       Annotated bibliography due by midnight [details in Syllabus]

T          V for Vendetta, cont., and bring Zamyatin’s We 

Th        Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813), Volume 1, 1-101

Wk 13  Week of Apr 20

T         Austen, cont., V 2 chs 1-13, 103-160

Virginia Woolf, from A Room of One’s Own (1929) [read chapter 4]

Th       Austen, cont., V 2 ch 14-19, 161-184


Wk 14  Week of Apr 27

M          Drafts of Final Paper to peer-review partner, by midnight latest [details in Syllabus]

T       Austen, cont., Volume III, 185

Michael Suk-Young Chwe, from Jane Austen, Game Theorist [read pages 1-8 here]

Optional: Listen to a Freakonomics podcast with Chwe on Jane Austen, Game Theorist

Th          Austen, cont., Volume III, 222-end

The Declaration of Independence (1776)

The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (1789)

F         Peer Review of Final Paper draft, by midnight, by email [Peer Review forms are here]

Wk 15  Week of May 4

T          Ralph Ellison, “Battle Royal”

W.E.B. Du Bois, from The Souls of Black Folk (1903) [Read chapter 1]

Adrian Matejka’s, Ralph Ellison’s, and Quentin Tarantino’s Battle Royals

All-Negro Boxing Card Here Tonight” from the Sarasota Herald Tribune, 20 January 1933

W         Final Papers due by midnight, by email, in .doc, .docx, or .rtf

Th        Ellison, cont.

Wk 16: Finals Week

Concluding Blog due Monday, May 11, by midnight

Final Exam: Thursday, May 14, 10:00-11:50 a.m.


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