|Course no.||LIT 3107|
|Schedule||Mon Wed 1:20 pm-2:40 pm Olin 309|
"A myth is a story that everybody already knows," according to the contemporary writer Michel Tournier, who also defines it as a "fundamental story" that appeals equally to a philosopher and a child. The modern mythic hero is often more famous than the author of the book in which he first appeared: e.g., Frankenstein, Tarzan. In this course we will explore the ways in which certain myths--myths about madness and the unconscious, manhood and the survival of the fittest, the liberated woman and the dominatrix, the artist and the scientist--have entered modern consciousness through works of fiction. Our focus will be on the relation between these myths and the literary genres which gave them birth, especially tales of Romance and Allegory. Works by Defoe, Faulkner, Freud, Hawthorne, Kafka, Mann, Melville, Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, H. Rider Haggard, G. B. Shaw, Mary Shelley, R. L. Stevenson, and others.
|Course no.||LIT 3108|
|Title||Marx, Freud, Nietzsche|
|Schedule||Wed 10:30 am-12:30 pm Olin 308|
of related interest: German Studies
"The first book of [Marx's] Das Kapital," writes Michel Foucault, "is an exegesis of `value'; all Nietzsche is an exegesis of a few Greek words; Freud, the exegesis of all those unspoken phrases that support and at the same time undermine our apparent discourse, our fantasies, our dreams, our bodies, Philology, as the analysis of what is said in the depths of discourse, has become the modern form of criticism." We will study representative works by these three masters of the "school of suspicion" (Ricoeur), along with selected contemporary criticisms.
|Course no.||LIT 3109|
|Title||Whitman and Dickinson|
|Schedule||Wed 1:20 pm-3:20 pm Aspinw 302|
The substance of this seminar will be a careful consideration of two extensive biographies portraying the lives and times of these contemporaneous but distinctly different poets, and a careful consideration of their poetry and prose.
|Course no.||LIT 3110|
|Title||James Joyce's Ulysses|
|Schedule||Fri 10:30 am-12:30 pm Olin 308|
Cross-listed: Irish and Celtic Studies
Participants in this seminar pool their ideas about text and context. Recent Joyce criticism will be emphasized. Prior knowledge of Joyce and his early writings, notably Dubliners and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, is required.
|Course no.||LIT 322|
|Schedule||Fri 1:20 pm-3:20 pm Olin 310|
Students present their own work to the group for analysis and response. Suggested readings in contemporary poets. Optional writing assignments are given for those poets who may find this useful. This course is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors but only by permission of the instructor. Samples of verse must be submitted before registration. This course is open to lower college students. Candidates must submit samples of their work before registration with optional cover letter via campus mail to John Ashbery c/o Peter Sourian by 12:00 noon on Thursday, April 30th.
|Course no.||LIT 324|
|Title||Advanced Fiction Workshop|
|Schedule||Fri 1:20 pm-3:20 pm Olin 307|
A workshop on the composition of short stories, for experienced writers. Students will be expected to read extensively and to devote significant time, daily, to the composition and revision of their own stories. Some time outside of class, for guest readings, may also be required. Candidates must submit samples of their work before registration with optional cover letter via campus mail to Mona Simpson by 12:00 noon on Thursday, April 30th.
|Course no.||LIT 328|
|Title||Alienation and Political Commitment in Twentieth-Century Literature|
|Schedule||Mon 10:30 am-12:30 pm Lang Ctr 208|
of related interest: German Studies
In this course we examine how political ideas and theories are dramatically realized in literature. Works by Kafka, Thomas Mann, Malraux, Sartre, Gordimer, Brecht and others, writing in different genres, styles and languages, are analyzed for their ideological content, depth of conviction, method of presentation, and the artistry with which these authors synthesize politics and literature into a meaningful aesthetic experience. We address also the boundary between art and propaganda and whether it is possible to fully appreciate a work of literature whose political orientation is diametrically opposed to ours. In our discussions we will draw upon examples from other art forms such as music and painting.
|Course no.||LIT 331|
|Schedule||Tue 1:30 pm-3:30 pm Olin 309|
Although some knowledge of a foreign language is necessary, this is not a language course, and no particular proficiency is required. An interest in language, especially English, is the most important thing. Students will be expected to work on some translation project (preferably prose); but their work will serve chiefly as a basis for the discussion of general problems of translation, its cultural significance, and the relationship between translation and creative writing. Class limited to 12 students.
|Course no.||LIT 333|
|Title||Innovative Contemporary Fiction|
|Schedule||Mon 1:20 pm-3:20 pm Olin 308|
The variety of linguistic and narrative strategies employed by serious contemporary prose fiction writers is matched only by the range of cultural and political issues chronicled in their works. In this course we will closely examine novels and collections of short fiction from the last quarter-century in order to begin to define the state of the art for this historical period. Particular emphasis will be placed on analysis of work by some of the more pioneering practitioners of the form. Authors whose work we will read include William H. Gass, Mary Gaitskill, Cormac McCarthy, Angela Carter, Thomas Bernhard, Don DeLillo, Jeanette Winterson, Kazuo Ishiguro, William Gaddis, Michael Ondaatje, and others. Two or three writers are scheduled to visit class to discuss their books and read from recent work.
|Course no.||LIT 338|
|Schedule||Th 1:20 pm-3:20 pm Olin 309|
During the first weeks, students will be asked to write on assigned topics in a specific non-fiction genre (review, travel), to provoke discussion of the genre and of the special demands made by writing short non-fiction. This is not, however, a journalism course, and in the later weeks, the participants may choose a genre--autobiography, for example--in which to write a longer, more substantial piece. All work will be discussed by the group, and if revision seems opportune in light of the criticism, the writers may be asked to produce a second version of their work. The only grades given will be Pass and Fail. Limited to 12 students.
|Course no.||LIT 381|
|Title||Contemporary Imaginations of American Women|
|Schedule||Th 2:50 pm-4:50 pm Olin 308|
Cross-listed: American Studies, Gender Studies, MES
of related interest: AADS
Through consistent engagement with feminist theories that explore the complexities of gender, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and race in American women's lives, we will examine a selection of texts by contemporary women creative writers and filmmakers that explore girlhood, maturation, sex, family, immigration, and work, among other issues. These narratives help us to ask questions such as: How do questions of race, ethnicity, etc., shape women's experiences of gender? Do the politics of "difference" undermine the politics of "sisterhood"? Of whom do we speak when we say "American women"? What kinds of privileges do certain women enjoy? What are the possibilities of coalition politics? Writers might include Alvarez, Hong Kingston, Allison, Paley, and Walker. Films might include Go Fish, Just Another Girl on the I.R.T., and I Like It Like That. By permission of the instructor. Requirements: 3 papers.
|Course no.||LIT 418*|
|Title||Beauty and Truth: In search of an ethical basis for aesthetics|
|Schedule||Th 1:20 pm-3:20 pm Olin 301|
As we come toward the end of the millennium, the place of the arts in Western culture is increasingly in doubt. This course will explore, through a variety of readings from critical theory, philosophy, religion, and poetics, the ways in which our ethical values might be shaped by our sense of the beautiful, and how our sense of the beautiful might be shaped by our ethics. (Readings from Plato, Coleridge, Pater. Emerson, Nietzsche, Stevens, Adorno, Rorty, Cavell and others.) Weekly papers, open discussion. Only for the strong of heart and mind.
*pending divisional approval
|Course no.||LIT 422|
|Title||Writing Workshop for Non Majors|
|Schedule||Th 3:30 pm-5:30 pm Olin 309|
A course designed for juniors and seniors, preference to seniors, who are not writing majors, but who might wish to see what they can learn about the world through the act of writing. Every craft, science, skill, discipline can be articulated, and anybody who can do real work in science or scholarship or art can learn to write, as they say, "creatively"--that is, learn how to make what concerns them also interest other people by means of language. This course will give not more than a dozen students the chance to experiment with all kinds of writing. Poetry is the name of an activity, and that activity will sometimes produce objects called poems and sometimes other sorts of texts. Towards all resultant texts our attention will turn. This is not a course in self-expression, but in making new things. No portfolio is required but prospective students must consult with Prof. Kelly prior to registration