ENGL 202 A: Introduction To The Study Of English Language And Literature

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MWF 10:30am - 11:20am
SIG 134
Eva Cherniavsky
Eva Cherniavsky

Syllabus Description:




 Keith Haring, "Monkeypuzzle" (1988)

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Schedule of Readings

Part I:  What Is “Literature”?  Why National Literatures?

Week One:

September 27:            


September 29:

How to read Imagined Communities (no reading assignment)


Week Two:

October 2:                  

Read: Imagined Communities, chapters 2 and 3

October 4:                  

Read: Imagined Communities, chapter 4

October 6:                  

Read: Chaucer, Prologue, lines 1-42 and Miller’s Tale (lines 79-746) http://www.librarius.com/cantales.htm

(select “side-by-side translation” for Middle English original and modern translation)


Week Three:

October 9:                  

Read: Hannah Foster, The Coquette, 1-77 and Anne McClintock, Imperial Leather, 354-355                    

October 11:                

Read: The Coquette, 77-169

October 13:                

Discussion of The Coquette, continued

Read:  Michael Warner, "The Potent Hand of LIterature," 122-132


Week Four:

October 16:    

Read: Warner, "Politeness,"  132-138

Take-home Portion of Midterm Exam posted on course website

Part II: What Is “Literary Study”? Theories of Reading, Writing, Meaning

October 18:                

Read:  Catherine Belsey, Critical Practice, “Traditional Criticism and Common Sense" (1- 13)

October 20:                

Read: Critical Practice, “New Criticism” (14-19)


Week Five:

October 23:                


October 25:                

Read: Critical Practice, “Reader Power” (27-34)

October 27:                

Read: Critical Practice, “Post-Saussurean Linguistics” (35-43) and “Plurality of Meaning” (48-51)


Week Six:

October 30:                

Read: Ted Chiang, “Story of Your Life”                 

November 1:              

Read:  “Murder the Husband, Murder the Story”

November 3:               

Read:  Critical Practice, “Ideology,” “The Subject,” “Psychoanalysis,” “Resistance” (52-59, in all)


Week Seven:

November 6:              

Read: Rudyard Kipling, “Thrown Away”  Link

November 8:              

Discussion of Kipling, continued

Read: Critical Practice, “The Subject and the Text” (62-77)

November 10:            

VETERAN’S DAY (no class)


Part III: “Writable” Texts and the Cultural Politics of Reading

Week Eight

November 13:            

Discussion of Kipling, continued

ReadCritical Practice, “Barthes and Macheray” (95-101) and “Sherlock Holmes” (101-108)

November 15:            

Read:  Henry James, The Turn of the Screw (all)

November 17:            

Discussion of The Turn of the Screw continued

Read: Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality (17-25)


Week Nine

November 20:            

Discussion of The Turn of the Screw and Foucault continued.  No additional reading.

November 22:            


November 24:            



Week Ten

November 27:            

Read:   Ama Ata Aidoo, Our Sister Killjoy, chapter one (“Into a Bad Dream”) and Edward Said, Culture and Imperialism, 3-10

Take-home Portion of Final Exam posted on course website

November 29:            

Read: Our Sister Killjoy, chapter two (“The Plums”)

December 1:               

Read:  Our Sister Killjoy, chapter three (“From Our Sister Killjoy”)


Week Eleven

December 4:               

ReadOur Sister Killjoy, chapter four (“A Love Letter”)

December 6:               

Discussion of Our Sister Killjoy continued.  No additional reading.

December 8:               

conclusions and review


Monday, December 11, 8:30-10:20:  Final Exam

Catalog Description: 
Gateway course designed for English pre-majors and majors. Introduces critical, historical, and theoretical frameworks important to studying the literature, language, and cultures of English. Cannot be taken for credit if student has taken ENGL 301.
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Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
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January 10, 2018 - 10:30pm