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

Web:  http://isu.indstate.edu/jakaitis

E-mail:  jake.jakaitis@indstate.edu

REQUIRED TEXTS

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" [1953]; "The Responsible Critic:  Reply" [1953];               "Rejoinder" [1953] and "Postscript" [1966]:  280-316.

        Eliot, T.S.  "The Function of Criticism" [1923].  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

RECEPTION THEORY

           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

READING DELILLO

        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

STRUCTURALISM/POSTSTRUCTURALISM

            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

TEXTUAL UNCERTAINTY

In Belsey's Critical Practice, Chapter 6: "The Work of Reading" [95-113]

Belsey: "Constructing the Subject: Deconstructing the Text" [378-392]

      Workshopping Preliminary Version of Seminar Papers     

WEEK THIRTEEN: APRIL 3

DECONSTRUCTION

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

HISTORICISMS

From Stephen Greenblatt's Shakespearean Negotiations [1988]:

              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

POSTCOLONIAL READINGS

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