HANDOUTS ON LINE:
2. Assignment 1
LECTURES and NOTES ON LINE:
Course Requirements: attendance, participation, 3 short (5 page) papers and a term paper. The term paper will be a substantial (10-15 pages) piece of criticism. Expectations for graduate students and undergraduates will vary.
Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
W.B. Yeats, Collected Poems
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
E.M. Forster, Passage to India
Mulk Raj Anand, Untouchable
Aime Cesaire, Collected Poetry
Jean Rhys, Voyage in the Dark
Additional texts, including criticism, will be made available as photocopies. There may be a photocopy fee. Some of the photocopied materials (such as, for instance, T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land) are readily available in various anthologies.
Late papers. I do not like late papers. If a paper is going to be late unavoidably, tell me in advance, preferably in writing (i.e., over email). If I do not hear about it in advance, I will automatically deduct a half-grade per day the paper is late. The deadline for the final paper will be non-negotiable.
Papers by email. At this time, I do not accept papers by email except under extreme circumstances (i.e., you are away from campus for a family emergency or an authorized athletic trip). This may change as the semester progresses.
Attendance and participation. This course is a seminar, which means it only works if everyone shows up consistently, does all of the reading, and participates. I have avoided overloading the syllabus with gigantic books, but that means I need people to read carefully. Come into class every day with questions and issues you wish to discuss.
From time to time I will assign (rather informal) one-page response papers to ensure that everyone is keeping up with the reading.
Creative Writing. The grade for this course is based primarily on your in-class participation and the strength of your analytic writing. That said, I’m happy to take a look at creative efforts of various sorts, but I cannot consider them as part of the grade for the course.
Your input and ideas. I have intentionally left a little room in the syllabus for additional readings. If you have ideas about short texts that might add to the class discussion (literary or critical), let me know.
Additional reading on your own: We are barely scratching the surface of many of these authors’ careers. If you find that you’re especially interested in the writings of one author or another, of if you’ve already read the text I’m assigning for a particular week, I would encourage you to read beyond the assignments for class. This would be especially helpful with the poets whose work we are engaging (i.e., T.S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein, Aime Cesaire, W.B. Yeats), but it is also true of novels.
40% Short papers and response papers
30% Final paper
30% Class attendance and participation
Instructor: Prof. Amardeep Singh Office Hours: Wednesday 2-5 (or appointment)
Sept 3-7: Heart of Darkness
Excerpt from Said, Culture and Imperialism (photocopy)
Woolf on “Modern Fiction” (photocopy)
Sept. 10-14: Yeats, Eliot, Tagore
Yeats: Poems from Responsibilities, Wild Swans at Coole, Michael Robartes and the Dancer; “Preface” to Tagore’s Gitanjali (photocopy)
Eliot: The Waste Land, The Hollow Men, Ash Wednesday
Tagore: Gitanjali (excerpts)
[Monday 9/10: Last day for fall registration; last day to drop a course w/out a W]
Sept. 17-21: To the Lighthouse
Sept. 24-28: To the Lighthouse
Essays by Deleuze/Guattari on the “Rhizome”; Lacan on the Symbolic (photocopies)
Oct. 1-5: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Oct. 10, 12: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Oct. 15-19: Tender Buttons
Essays by Saussure, Jakobsen, Gass (photocopies)
[Friday Oct. 19: I will likely be absent]
Oct. 22-26: A Passage to India
Oct. 29-Nov. 2: A Passage to India
Essays by Sharpe, Baucom, Jameson
Excerpt from Elias Canetti’s Crowds and Power (photocopy)
Forster’s “Kanaya” memoir
Nov. 5-9: Mulk Raj Anand, Untouchable
Preface by E.M. Forster
Nov. 19-21: Jean Rhys, Voyage in the Dark
Nov. 26-30: Manifestoes: Wyndham Lewis’ Blast (photocopy)
Essays by Benjamin (“Surrealism”), Rabinbach (from The Human Motor), Selzer (from Bodies and Machines)
(Possible films: M, Metropolis, Modern Times)
Dec. 3-7: Continue from previous week; synthetic discussion (re-reading).
Possibly introduce new materials