Introduction to Literature

LIT 2220 - 201. Sinclair Community College

Spring 2019.

Juan Pablo Melo

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COURSE SCHEDULE

 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

 

Week 1

 

January 7

  1. Syllabus

  2. What is literature?

  3. What is literary criticism?

January 9

  1. No class

 

UNIT 1: Drama


 

Week 2

 

January 14

  1. Reading: Norton: William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Act I, pg. 1396 – 1418.

  2. Reading: Terry Eagleton, The Event of Literature, pg. 19 - 33. 

  3. Assignment due Jan. 14: Look through the course readings. Email me with your top three dates for presenting. (I will respond to confirm receipt. If I don't respond, it is likely I did not receive your email).

January 16

  1. Reading: Norton: William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Act II, pg. 1418 – 1436.

  2. Reading. Norton: “The Literature Essay,” pg. 1918 – 1937.  

Week 3

 

January 21

  1. Reading: William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act III, pg. 1436 – 1459

  2. Reading: Jessica M. Maerz, “Beyond Epic: Kenneth Branaugh’s “Hamlet” and the Meta-Narrative Functions of Classical Hollywood Genre,” Literature/Film Quarterly, Vol. 39, No. 2 (2011), pg. 128 – 140.

January 23

  1. Reading: William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act IV – V, pg. 1459 – 1495.

  2. Reading. Norton: “Basic Moves: Paraphrase, Summary, and Description, pg. 1914 – 1917

Week 4

 

January 28

  1. Reading: Brecht, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, pg. 3 - 30. 

  2. Reading: Peter Brooker, “Key words in Brecht’s theory and practice of theory” The Cambridge Companion to Brecht, pg. 209 – 224.

January 30

  1. Reading: Brecht, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, pg. 30 - 44.

  2. Reading. Norton: “The Literature Research Essay,” pg. 1951 – 1962.   

Week 5

 

February 4

  1. Reading: Brecht, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, pg. 44 – 85.

  2. Reading, Alexander Kluge, “On Film and the Public Sphere,” pg. 33 – 38.

February 6

  1. Reading: Brecht, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, pg. 85 – 99.

  2. Reading: Norton: “Quotation, Citation, and Documentation,” 1962 – 1991.

UNIT 2: Short Story and Novella

 

Week 6

 

February 11

  1. Reading: Norton. Herman Melville, “Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street,” pg. 693 – 719.

February 13

  1. Reading: Nikolai Gogol, “The Overcoat”

Week 7

February 18

  1. Reading: Leo Tolstoy, Hadji Murad, pg. 18 – 70.

  2. Assignment due February 18: Send me an email with a short (4 – 5 sentences) description of a possible topic and argument for your first essay. What problem are you responding to? What is your interpretation or argument?

February 20

  1. Reading: Leo Tolstoy, Hadji Murad, pg. 70 – 102

Week 8

February 25

  1. Reading: Norton, Octavia E. Butler, “Bloodchild,” pg. 340 – 354.

  2. Reading: Jorge Luis Borges, “The Garden of the Forking Paths.”

February 27

  1. Reading: Norton, Margaret Atwood, “Lusus Naturae,” pg. 260 – 265.

  2. Reading: Ursula K. Le Guin, “The Author of Acacia Seeds and Other Extracts from the Journal of Therolinguistics.”

  3. Assignment due February 27: Send me a draft of your first essay. The draft should include at least an introduction and your first and second “body” paragraphs. Also send me a list of three academic sources (books or articles) that you are using to support your argument.

 

 Week 9: March 2 – 8. Spring Break

 

UNIT 3: Variations on a Genre

 

Week 10 (Essay 1 due March 13)

 

March 10

  1. Reading: Gabriel García Márquez, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, 3 – 69.

March 12

  1. Reading: Gabriel García Marquez, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, 70 – 118.

Week 11

March 17

  1. Reading: G.K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday, 9 – 51.

March 19

  1. Reading: G.K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday, 52 – 92.

Week 12

March 24

  1. Reading: G.K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday, 93 – 150

March 26

  1. Reading: G.K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday, 151 – 185.

 

Week 13

March 31

  1. Reading: Alejandro Zambra, The Private Lives of Trees.

April 2

  1. Reading: Alejandro Zambra, The Private Lives of Trees.

Week 14

April 7

  1. Reading: Miriam Toews, Women Talking

April 9

  1. Reading: Miriam Toews, Women Talking

Week 15

April 14

  1. Reading: Miriam Toews, Women Talking

April 16

  1. Reading: Miriam Toews, Women Talking

  2. Assignment due April 17: Send me an email with a short (4 – 5 sentences) description of a possible topic for your final essay. What problem are you responding to? What is your interpretation or argument? Remember to avoid a simple summary of the text.

UNIT 4: Poetry

Week 16

April 21

  1. Reading: Norton, Robert Frost, “Out, out—,” pg. 736

  2. Reading: Norton, Walt Whitman, “I celebrate myself, and sing myself,” pg. 777

  3. Reading: Norton, Langston Hughes, “Ballad of the Landlord,” pg. 778

April 23

  1. Reading: Norton, Richard Lovelace, “Song, To Lucasta Going to the Wars,” pg. 784

  2. Reading: Gabriela Mistral “Decalogue of the Artist.”

  3. Assignment due April 26: Send me a draft of your final essay. The draft should include at least an introduction and your first and second “body” paragraphs. Also send me a list of three academic sources (books or articles) that you are using to support your argument.

Week 17

April 28

  1. Reading: Norton, Langston Hughes, “Harlem,” pg. 1073

  2. Reading: Norton, Gewndolyn Brooks, “We Real Cool,” pg. 779

April 30

  1. Reading: Enrique Lihn, “Six Solitudes”

  2. Reading: Brecht, “On Thinking about Hell.”

  3. Reading: Brecht, “The Mask of Evil.”

Final essay due May 4.