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Fall 2015 Types of Literature Syllabus

Brooke Carlson
“You taught me language, and my profit on ‘t Is I know how to curse. The red plague rid you For learning me your language!” (The Tempest, I.ii.362-4). What does a home mean to you? Have you left it? How did you get there? Would you go back? Starting with the foundational travel narrative in Western literature, Homer’s The Odyssey, we’ll journey across time and the page through texts invested in home and the journey...

Fall 2015 Expository Writing Syllabus

Brooke Carlson
“The short story is better suited to the demands of modern life than the novel.” Simon Prosser, Publishing Director, Hamish Hamilton Expository Writing is crafted to help students learn to write and think critically. In an effort to hone our critical minds and strengthen our writing, we will focus on the learned skills of summarizing, paraphrasing, quoting, evaluating, analyzing, synthesizing, and creative writing. In addition to several short essays and poems, you will also be...

(Skillfully) Wielding the World-Wide Web in the Classroom: “I’m NOT Gonna Be That Creepy Guy”

Brooke Carlson
I used to share with my classes that ebooks are outselling books, and like the music industry, the book market is now digital. While the record business has shifted in profound ways with the rise of digital technology, the book press is still in flux. Digital book sales over the past couple of years have been fluctuating around book sales. As a professor of English literature, how do I take this digital experience into account?...

Literary Data: Some Approaches

Andrew Goldstone
Syllabus for a graduate course in literary data analysis offered in the English department, Rutgers—New Brunswick, Spring 2015.

The Value of Our Contributions

Rachel Arteaga
Panel Title for Session #676: Connected Academics: Articulating the Value of the Humanities to the Larger World

The blurring of boundaries: images of abjection as the terrorist and the reel Arab intersect

Hania Nashef
n her treatise on abjection, Julia Kristeva argues that the abject is located outside the self, remaining in a state of repulsion that threatens to destroy the self. Abject representations are prevalent in the way terrorists have been portrayed in the Western news media post-September 11, 2001. These images of abjection are problematic, as they consolidate the images we have seen in Hollywood films representing Arabs. Furthermore, these depictions have eroded the fine line between...

The abject/the terrorist/the reel Arab - a point of intersection

Hania Nashef
Media representations of Arabs and terrorists.

\"Let the Demon in: Death and Guilt in The Master of Petersburg,\" in Travelling Texts: J.M. Coetzee and Other Writers ed. Kucala, Bozena / Kusek, Robert

Hania Nashef
Unlike his earlier novels, J.M. Coetzee’s The Master of Petersburg, has not received the attention that it deserves from the critics. The novel, which is set in Russia not only draws on real aspects of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s life but also on certain events in the Russian author’s novels, specifically The Devils. Coetzee’s Dostoevsky is an aging author who is irked by the failure of his mental and physical faculties. His diminishing capabilities force him to...

The Role of China in Montesquieu's \"Esprit des lois\"

Pauline Kra
Montesquieu's ideas on China have been the subject of much study and controversy. The purpose of this paper is to suggest that, as discussed in twenty-two books of the Esprit des lois, China serves to illustrate Montesquieu's fundamental principles and to elucidate his method. References to the empire appear frequently in the concluding chapters of books or at the end of sequences of arguments to show how relations between various factors can be reversed by...

Literature and Psychoanalysis: Whose Madness is it anyway?

Lorelei Caraman
Examiner/examined, analyst/analysand, subject/object, sane/mad, science/art: the relationship between psychoanalysis and literature appears to conform to this binary logic, with the first term in each set clearly privileged over the second. The realm of the literary is populated with an impressive assortment of mad characters and mad authors: killers, junkies, drunkards, the paranoid, the depressed, the suicidal, the abandoned or the simply alienated. Literature inhabits and is inhabited by the pathological, or so it must have...

'Some Reckonings with the Not-Old and with Surprise': Postmodern Ballads of Urban Crisis

Scott Challener
This paper offers a brief consideration of the literary ballad as a register of what by the mid-’60s economists had diagnosed as “urban crisis” and in 1970 John Ashbery called “urban chaos.” I’m particularly interested in how poets used the ballad to see and see into the failures of the “spatio-temporal fix” of urban renewal. My general idea is that in the twentieth-century, as the formal properties and “barriers” of traditional ballads fragment and disperse,...

The Undead Eighteenth Century

Linda V Troost
If Jane Austen had wanted to write about zombies, what might she have known about the walking dead in the early nineteenth century? In this 2010 presidential address for EC/ASECS, subsequently published in the society's newsletter, I examine this question and take a look at Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters.

Is there Tunisian literature? Emergent writing and fractal proliferation of minor voices

Ewa Lukaszyk
Is There Tunisian Literature? Emergent Writing and Fractal Proliferation of Minor Voices. The article presents the Tunisian literature from the non-local perspective of the global literary market and the circulation of translated literature. The minor status of the studied phenomenon becomes obvious even when the Tunisian literature is compared with the Moroccan one. What is more, this comparison helps to understand the consequences of some choices made by the Tunisian writers, choices that established diverging...

\"Cognitive Alternatives to Interiority\"

Lisa Zunshine
[from pp. 151-52:] "Not only do we ourselves treat fictional characters as if they were capable of a broad variety of mental states (as real people are) to make sense of the story when we first read it; not only do we casually refer to these characters’ and the author’s mental states in our subsequent discussions with students; not only do we introduce more “people” into our conversation, such as Freud, Derrida, and Marx, and...

Live from MLA-Writing about Writing

Rebecca Day Babcock
Blog on writing about writing sessions from MLA 2016

\"Why Do Research?\"

Helene Meyers
PMLA Forum piece that argues for the direct and indirect value of the scholarly enterprise to the sacred art of teaching.

Writing in the rain: Erasure, trauma, and Chinese Indonesian identity in the recent work of FX Harsono

Philip Smith
This is an examination of the recent work of Indonesian visual artist FX Harsono in relation to Chinese Indonesian identity, the erasure of history, and the challenge of communicating through trauma. It is my hope that this work will contribute to the dialogue on both the Chinese Indonesian experience and large-scale ethnic violence.

Re-visioning Romantic-Era Gothicism: An Introduction to Key Works and Themes in the Study of H.P. Lovecraft

Philip Smith
Howard Phillips Lovecraft was an author, letter writer and poet who lived between 1890 and 1937. His works blend science fiction with Gothic themes. Lovecraft was, by the majority of accounts (including his own), a bad writer. He was also an outspoken racist for the majority of his life to a degree which makes much of his work, to a modern reader, politically grotesque. Despite the above, it would not be an exaggeration to say...

Spiegelman Studies Part 2 of 2: Breakdowns, No Towers and the Rest of the Canon

Philip Smith
Art Spiegelman is one of the most-discussed creators in Comic Book Studies. His Pulitzer-winning work Maus (1980 and 1991) was, alongside The Dark Knight Returns (1986) and Watchmen (1987), the catalyst to a sea change in the commercial and critical fortunes of the alternative comic book during the mid-1980s. It has been a landmark text in critical discourse on comics ever since. The purpose of this and its companion paper is to offer a synthesis...

Driving Miss Daisy as Memory Theatre

Suzanne England, Carol Ganzer & Carol Tosone
Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, Driving Miss Daisy (1986) is examined as a site of memory including: Uhry’s own memories upon which the characters and the play itself are based; the role of memory stories, settings and objects in the unfolding of the relationship be-tween its main characters, Daisy Wertham and her chauffeur, Hoke Colburn; and, as the first play in Uhry’s Atlanta Trilogy, a lieu de mémoire of mid-twentieth century Atlanta. Inspired by...

Politics and Theatre in the PRC: Fifty Years of Teahouse on the Chinese Stage

Shiao-ling S. Yu
Ever since its introduction to China in the early twentieth century, spoken drama (huaju) has been at the forefront of social and political changes. Its realistic portrayal of life and use of spoken dialogue made it an ideal vehicle to promote social reforms and to serve politics. This study investigates the relationship between politics and theater in the People’s Republic of China by focusing on a masterpiece of modern Chinese drama: Lao She’s play Chaguan...

Choosing Africa: The Importance of Naming in Beloved and The Poisonwood Bible.

Leah Milne
“Choosing Africa: The Importance of Naming in Beloved and The Poisonwood Bible.” CLA Journal 55.4 (June 2012): 352-369.

In War Time: Whittier's Civil War Address and The Quaker Periodical Press

Ean High
Fought, at least in part, for a cause in which many Quakers ostensibly believed and had previously risked a great deal for, the American Civil War was a time of great trial for American Quakers. Extending ongoing efforts to understand this complex period, the following essay considers John G. Whittier’s mid-war poem, "In War Time," and the peculiarity of its simultaneous appearance in the major Hicksite, Gurneyite, and Wilburite periodicals of the nineteenth century. Consequent...

Reading Affect in Literary Studies

Kathleen Woodward
Designed as a short introduction to academic literary studies of affect, Reading Affect in Literary Studies is a one-credit graduate seminar, offered in Spring 2014, that was framed by the question of how we might rethink our practice as scholars of literature to take our scholarship to publics beyond the academy. Readings included work by Rita Felski, Michael Millner, Janice Radway, Ann Cvetkovich, Lauren Berlant, Jonathan Flatley, Brian Massumi, Paul Armstrong, and Woodward; Paul Virilio...

'But There Are No Lions in the Scottish Highlands’: Reading the Trunk in Matka

John Wei
This article reads the trunk in Matka as Lacan’s objet petit a – a reminder of our desiring subjectivity and considers to what degree it might be seen as a MacGuffin. It also argues that the protagonist is an emblem of the human subject in an abstract representation of our life’s journey.

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