08 Bakhtin from "Discourse in the Novel," deSaussure, from Course in General Linguistics,
13 finish Robinson Crusoe.
10 Irigaray, "Commodities Amongst Themselves,
Cixous, "Sorties," Mulvey,
››› and Narrative Cinema."
12 Gilbert and Gubar, from Madwoman In The Attic, Lorde, "Age, Race, Class, and Sex,"
24 Introduction: "English Without Shadows, Literature on a World Scale," DuBois,
08 Bordieu, from Distinction, Ewen, from All-Consuming Images, Hall, "The Rediscovery of
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.