ENGLISH 635: LITERARY THEORY AND CRITICISM SPRING 2012
Instructor: Jake Jakaitis
Meeting Time: 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. Tu
Office: Root Hall A-209
Classroom: RO A-106
Office Telephone: 812-237-3269
Office Hours: 10-12 M & W, 5 to 6 Tu, and by apppointment
Belsey, Catherine. Critical Practice. New York: Routledge, 2002. 0-415-28006-0 [Get this edition of Belsey, for it is significantly revised and includes chapters not available in earlier editions.]
DeLillo, Don. Falling Man. New York: Scribners, 2008. 1-4165-6229-X
Macey, David. Dictionary of Critical Theory. Penguin, 2001. 0-140-51369-8
Professor’s Pack. [This will be available through Goetz Printing later. I will contact you when the professor’s pack is available; please do not call Goetz Printing until you hear from me.]
WEEK ONE: JANUARY 10 [CANCELLED]
WEEK TWO: JANUARY 17
COURSE INTRODUCTION [HANDOUTS: Response Paper Assignment and Writing Assignments]
Lackey, Michael. "A.S. Byatt's Morpho Eugenia: Prologomena to Any Future Theory." College Literature 35.1 [Winter 2008]: 128-147.
Johnson. Allan. "Consumption, Addiction, Vision, Energy: Political Economies and Utopian Visions in the Writings of the Beat Generation." College Literature 32.2 (Spring 2005): 103-126.
WEEK THREE: JANUARY 24
THE FUNCTION OF CRITICISM
Questions to Consider Regarding the Assigned Reading
Arnold, Matthew. "The Function of Criticism at the Present Time." from Poetry and Criticism of Matthew Arnold. Boston: Houghton Mifflin: 237-279.
Leavis, F.R. and F.W. Bateson. "The Responsible Critic, Or The Function of Criticism at Any Time" ; "The Responsible Critic: Reply" ; "Rejoinder"  and "Postscript" : 280-316.
Eliot, T.S. "The Function of Criticism" . Selected Prose of T.S. Eliot. ed. Frank Kermode. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1975.
WEEK FOUR: JANUARY 31
EXPLORING CONVENTIONAL CRITCAL PRACTICES
Belsey, Catherine. Critical Practice. Chapters One and Two: 1-34. Some Reading Notes on Belsey's First Two Chapters
Cleanth Brooks: "Chapter One: the Language of Paradox" [3-21] & "Irony as a Principle of Structure" [799-806]. Handouts.
WEEK FIVE: FEBRUARY 7
CONTINUING CHALLENGES TO EXPRESSIVE REALISM
T.S. Eliot: "Tradition and the Individual Talent" [3-11]; Hamlet"[121-126]; & "The Metaphysical Poets" [241-250]From T.S. Eliot: Selected Essays 1917-1932.
W.K. Wimsatt & Monroe C. Beardsley: "The Intentional Fallacy" [1382-1391].
WEEK SIX: FEBRUARY 14
Jauss, Hans Robert: from "Literary History as a Challenge to Literary Theory" [1237-1253]
Iser, Wolfgang: "Interaction between Text and Reader" [1670-1682]
Fish, Stanely: "Interpreting the Variorum"& "interpreting Interpreting the Variorum" [147-180]
Gonzalez, Marcial: "Reception and Authenticity: Danny Santiago's Famous All over Town" [179-194]
WEEK SEVEN: FEBRUARY 21
DeLillo, Don. Falling Man. New York: Scribners, 2008. 1-4165-6229-X. [I will locate and provide two critical essayson the novel.]
Read the novel and two critical essays and come to class prepared both to respond to the critics' arguments and to discuss how you might approach the novel if you were asked to write about it. The Don DeLillo Society. Don DeLillo's America.
WEEK EIGHT: FEBRUARY 28
In Belsey's Critical Practice: Chapter 3: "Criticism and Meaning" [35-51]
From Mythologies by Roland Barthes: "The World of swrestling" [15-25]; "The Romans in films" [26-28]; & "Blind and Dumb Criticism" [34-35]
From The Eiffel Tower by Barthes: "Billy Graham at the Vel' d'Hiv'" [63-66]; "Power and Cool" [43-45] & "Martians" [27-29]
In Image Music Text by Roland Barthes: "The Death of the Author" [142-148] and "The Struggle with the Angel" [125-141]
WEEK NINE: MARCH 6
SPRING BREAK: NO CLASS
WEEK TEN: MARCH 13
THE SUBJECT IN IDEOLOGY
In Belsey's Critical Practice: Chapter 4: "Addressing the Subject" [52-77]
from S/Z [3-22] by Roland Barthes
Gerald Prince from The Dictionary of Narratology: "Semiotic Square"
from The Political Unconscious by Fredric Jameson: "Realism and Desire: Balzac and the Problem of the Subject" [151-184]
WEEK ELEVEN: MARCH 20
LACAN AND THE FEMININE
In Belsey's Critical Practice, Chapter 5: "The Interrogative Text" [78-94]
From The Jacqueline Rose Reader:
Chapter 1: "Femininity and Its Discontents" [31-47]
Chapter 2: "Feminine Sexuality: Jacques Lacan and the ecole freudienne" [48-60]
Chapter 11: "Hamlet: The 'Mona Lisa' of Literature" [228-241]
WEEK TWELVE: MARCH 27
Workshopping Preliminary Version of Seminar Papers
In Belsey's Critical Practice, Chapter 6: "The Work of Reading" [95-113]
Belsey: "Constructing the Subject: Deconstructing the Text" [378-392]
WEEK THIRTEEN: APRIL 3
In Belsey's Critical Practice: Chapter 7: "Deconstruction and the Differance It Makes" [114-125]
Jacques Derrida: "Letter to a Japanese Friend" [1-5]
D.H. Lawrence: "The Blind Man" [80-104]
Nils Clausson: "Practicing Deconstruction, Again: Blindness, Insight and the Lovely Treachery of Words in D.H. Lawrence's 'The Blind Man' [107-128
WEEK FOURTEEN: APRIL10
From Stephen Greenblatt's Shakespearean Negotiations :
Chapter One: "The Circulation of Social Energy in Renaissance England" [1-20]
Chapter Three: "Fiction and Friction" [66-93]
From Cultural Studies, Lawrence Grossberg, Cary Nelson, & Paula Treichler, eds.:
"Shakespeare, the Individual, and the Text" by Peter Stallybrass [593-612]
WEEK FIFTEEN: APRIL17
From The Postcolonial Reader, Ashcroft, Bill, Gareth Griffins, and Helen Tiffin, eds.: "Orientalism" by Edward Said [87-91].
From Culture and Imperialism by Edward Said: Chapter One [5-61] & Chapter Two [62-110].
WEEK SIXTEEN: APRIL 24
SEMINAR PAPER WORKSHOP
WEEK SEVENTEEN: MAY 1
FINAL SEMINAR PAPER DUE