English 576: The Syllabus

22 Lacan, "The Symbolic Order," "The Instance of the Letter..."
24 Introduction: "Starting with Zero: Basic Marxism," Hegel, "Dialectics," Marx, "The German Ideology," "Wage Labor and Capital,"and excerpt from Capital.
29 Benjamin, "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction," Gramsci, "Hegemony," Althusser, "Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses."


01 Fiske, "Culture, Ideology, Interpellation," Kotulak, "White Guys Happiest," Dobnik, "Nike Told of Worker Abuses," Zizeck, "The Sublime Object of Ideology."
06 Lukács, from "The Historical Novel," McKeon, Introduction to The Origins of the Engish Novel(RR), start Robinson Crusoe. 08 Robinson Crusoethrough p. 136. Crusoe discussion questions.

13 finish Robinson Crusoe.


20 Introduction, "The Class of 1968?Post-Structuralism par lui-même."
22 Heidegger, excerpts, Foucault, from The Order of Things,start Derrida, "Differance." For some detailed reading notes on "Différance,"click here. 27 Derrida, "Differance," Kristeva, "Revolution in Poetic Language."
29 Foucault, from Discipline and Punish.

(Foucault) Further Foucault discussion on Discipline and Punish.


03 Baudrillard, "Symbolic Exchange and Death," Lyotard, "The Post-Modern Condition," Jameson, from Postmodernism,(RR) 05 Introduction: Feminist Paradigms

10 Irigaray, "Commodities Amongst Themselves, Cixous, "Sorties," Mulvey, "Visual Pleasure
››› and Narrative Cinema."
12 Gilbert and Gubar, from Madwoman In The Attic, Lorde, "Age, Race, Class, and Sex,"

Rich, "Toward a Politics of Location." 17 Introduction, "Contingencies of Gender," Foucault, from History of Sexuality, Sedgwick, from Between Men. NB: the Hopkins entry on queer theory leaves something to be
desired, no pun intended.
17 PM Meeting: Butler, "Gender Imitation and Insubordination," Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Click here to see some abstracts for a current conference panel on early modern sexuality. 19› NO CLASS MEETING

24 Introduction: "English Without Shadows, Literature on a World Scale," DuBois,

fromThe Souls of Black Folk, Said, from Orientalism.
01 Gates, "The Blackness of Blackness: A Critique on the Sign and the Signifying Monkey," Gilroy, from The Black Atlantic. 03 Bhabba, from The Location of Culture. Intro: "The Politics of Culture."

08 Bordieu, from Distinction, Ewen, from All-Consuming Images, Hall, "The Rediscovery of

ŽIdeology.Ū" 10 Bordo, "Material Girl: The Effacements of Postmodern Culture."

Writing Assignments:

1. The close reading. This short assignment is something of a self-diagnostic exercise. Choose one of the poems from the poetry packet and write up a short close reading of it, 2-3
pages typed. Make sure to attend to the formal properties of the poem as well as its more
thematic and tropological qualities.
2. Pick up a recent issue of a journal in a field that is the most likely area of further specialty
for you. Some of the major journals in the profession are:
      Shakepeare Quarterly
      Signs: Journal of Women and Culture
      Tulsa Studies in WomenŪs Literature
      MELUS (ethnic literature)
      Calaloo (African-American)
      Critical Inquiry
      GLO: Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies
      Renaissance Drama
      Speculum (Medieval Studies)
      Eighteenth Century Studies
      The 18thC-Theory and Interpretation
      Eighteenth Century Life
      Studies in Romanticism
      Nineteenth Century Contexts
      Victorian Studies
      American Literature
      American Literary History
      American Quarterly
      African American Review
      Transitions (post-colonial)
      Cultural Critique
      Texas Studies in Language and Literature
      -other ideas are welcome

      If you are not familiar with these journals, take some time to browse our current periodicals room.
      The articles in several of these journals are also available on-line at the JHU Press site. Read all
      the essays, reviews, editorials, advertisements, everything in the issue. What does this journal
      tell you about its field of study? What are its concerns? What are not its concerns? What do you
      need to know to understand this field? What critiques might you make of this field vis. this journal?
      Use these questions to shape your meta-critique of the field as it is represented in the journal of
      your choice. Please DO NOT submit a book report on the journal. Instead, think of the assignment
      as a chance to conceptualize the theory(s) that shape knowledge in the field of your choice. Your
      final essay should be 5-6 pages, due the Monday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 30.

      3. Position Paper. This last assignment is designed to help you position yourself intellectually,
      professionally, and ethically in the range of activities that constitute "our" profession. Whether
      you have developed sense of yourself as a literary critic coming into the course or whether this
      course is a true "introduction" for you, hopefully by the end of the course you can map a place
      for your reading and writing practices within the field. Indeed, one of the biggest goals of this
      course is to help you develop such an identity and a sense of methodology. As you begin to
      think about this assignment, which I will ask you to do formally the week of November 10th in
      a brief conference, ask yourself what problems of literary or linguistic study are most important
      to you. Also, consider which methods address your issues most successfully and which methods
      are hostile or merely irrelevant to your concerns. You may find that it makes more sense to situate
      yourself in relation to several representative literary texts, but you should not conceive of this
      paper as a "reading" of those texts. Ultimately, I will ask you to formulate your position in relation
      to the materials we have discusses over the course of the semester in an 8-10 page paper.

      Course Expectations

      The papers are, of course, required. As a general rule, mastery of the materials of critical theory
      requires a great deal of class participation. You will need to articulate your questions and concerns
      for your own sake, but your questions will likely spark the interests of others. Here, perhaps more
      than in any other course, there are no stupid questions. I encourage you to address questions to me
      before class meetings by email or by a note in my box if that seems like a more comfortable format
      for you. As long as you present your question before 9:30 the day of the class, I will do my best to
      make sure we cover it in class that day. You will need to choose a day to present an essay›from the
      syllabus to your colleagues. WeŪll discuss the particulars of your approach to the material in a brief
      conference a week before your presentation.


      The breakdown of grades is roughly as follows:
    Class participation
    Class Presentation
    Paper 1
    Paper 2
    Paper 3