Schedule for LITR/WGST 592: Gothic Literature (Winter 2010)

Week 1:
January 11

Homework is listed next to the day due. Check the handouts for your group assignment and explanations of the weekly homework tasks: /groups.htm and /hmwk.htm (hyperlinks begin with http://people.emich.edu/acoykenda/592/);

Abbreviations are as follows: Response on required literature and theory [RS]; Discussion question on required literature [DQL]; Quotation from optional theory [QT]; Discussion question on required context or theory [DQT]; No homework [n/a];

All materials, besides the novels, are in the Electronic Reserves [ER], password 592: http://reserves.emich.edu/eres/coursepage.aspx?cid=3185.

Week 2:
January 18

No Class: Martin Luther King Day

Week 3:
January 25

Theory: Sigmund Freud, Abridged “The ‘Uncanny’”

Literature: Ann Radcliffe, The Italian (1797), pg. vii-xxxi, 1-178

Artwork: Henry Fuseli, The Nightmare (web)

Context: Anonymous, “How to Make a [Gothic] Novel”

Optional Background: Gothic Keywords and Miscellany: “Uncanny”

Optional Theory: Michelle Massé, “Psychoanalysis and the Gothic”

* Homework: Group 1 (RS); Group 2 (DQL); Group 3 (QT); Group 4 (DQT); Group 5 (n/a)

Week 4:
February 1

Theory: Julia Kristeva, Powers of Horror

Literature: Continue Radcliffe, The Italian, pg. 178-290

Context: Edmund Burke, Philosophical Enquiry

Artwork: Piranesi, Lorraine, and Rosa paintings (web)

Optional Background: Gothic Keywords and Miscellany: “Abject and Grotesque”

Optional Theory: Fred Botting, “Power in the Darkness”

* Homework: Group 1 (n/a); Group 2 (RS); Group 3 (DQL); Group 4 (QT); Group 5 (DQT)

Week 5:
February 8

Theory: Walter Benjamin, “Theses on the Philosophy of History”

Literature: Finish Radcliffe, The Italian, pg. 290-415

Context: “Introduction to the Gothic,” Part 2

Optional Background: Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey, Selections

Optional Theory: Marshall Brown, “Radcliffe’s Landscapes”

* Homework: Group 1 (DQT); Group 2 (n/a); Group 3 (RS); Group 4 (DQL); Group 5 (QT)

Week 6:
February 15

Theory: E. J. Clery, Abridged Rise of Supernatural Fiction

Literature: Horace Walpole, Castle of Otranto (1764), pg. 59-165

Artwork: Etchings of Walpole’s Strawberry Hill and Pope’s Grotto (web)

Optional Background: David Hume, “Of Miracles”

Optional Theory: Roland Barthes, “The Reality Effect”

* Homework: Group 1 (QT); Group 2 (DQT); Group 3 (n/a); Group 4 (RS); Group 5 (DQL)

Week 7:
February 22

Theory: Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, “Destination Culture”

Literature: Willkie Collins, The Moonstone (1868), pg. vii-xxix, liii-lvi, 1-132

Context: “Introduction to the Gothic,” Part 3

Optional Theory: Johannes Fabian, “Of Dogs Alive, Birds Dead”

Homework: Group 1 (DQL); Group 2 (QT); Group 3 (DQT); Group 4 (n/a); Group 5 (RS)

Week 8:
March 1

No Class: Winter Recess

Week 9:
March 8

Theory: Susan Stewart, On Longing

Literature: Continue Collins, The Moonstone, pg. 132-329

Optional Background: Gothic Keywords and Miscellany: “Gothic and Empire”

Optional Theory: Howard Malchow, “Cannibalism and Popular Culture,” Part 1

* Homework: Group 1 (RS); Group 2 (DQL); Group 3 (QT); Group 4 (DQT); Group 5 (n/a)

Week 10:
March 15

Theory: Michel Foucault, “Of Other Spaces”

Literature: Finish Collins, The Moonstone, pg. 329-466

Context: Gothic Keywords and Miscellany: “Gothic Femininities”

Optional Background: Gothic Keywords and Miscellany: “Hauntings”

Optional Theory: Howard Malchow, “Cannibalism and Popular Culture,” Part 2

* Homework: Group 1 (n/a); Group 2 (RS); Group 3 (DQL); Group 4 (QT); Group 5 (DQT)

Week 11:
March 22

Theory: Edward Said, “Imaginative Geography”

Literature: H. Rider Haggard, King Solomon’s Mines (1885), pg. iv-xxv, 3-124

Context: Gothic Keywords and Miscellany: “Gothic Masculinities”

Optional Theory: Nancy Armstrong, “The Polygenetic Imagination”

* Homework: Group 1 (DQT); Group 2 (n/a); Group 3 (RS); Group 4 (DQL); Group 5 (QT)

Week 12:
March 29

Theory: Ella Shohat and Robert Stam, Abridged “Tropes of Empire”

Literature: Continue Haggard, King Solomon’s Mines, pg. 125-236

Optional Background: Patrick Brantlinger, “Imperial Gothic”

Optional Theory: Barbara Creed, “Horror and the Monstrous-Feminine”

* Homework: Finish the 5-pg. Research Proposal (/essay.htm). Submit two copies, a hard copy during class time and a digital copy at Turn It In: http://www.turnitin.com/ (class #3061969; password “gothic”)

Week 13:
April 5

Theory: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, “Terrorism and Homosexual Panic”

Literature: Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890), pg. ix-xxxii, 1-94

Context: Gothic Keywords and Miscellany: “Queer Gothic”

Optional Background: Michael Patrick Gillespie, “Picturing Dorian Gray”

Optional Theory: Jonathan Dollimore, “‘Different Desires’”

* Homework: Group 1 (QT); Group 2 (DQT); Group 3 (n/a); Group 4 (RS); Group 5 (DQL)

Week 14:
April 12

Theory: Peter Stallybrass and Allan White, “Politics and Poetics of Transgression”

Literature: Continue Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, pg. 94-188

Optional Theory: Simon Joyce, “Sexual Politics and the Aesthetics of Crime”

* Homework: Group 1 (DQL); Group 2 (QT); Group 3 (DQT); Group 4 (n/a); Group 5 (RS)

Week 15:
April 19

Research Presentations: Finish the Research Paper /essay.htm due by 4:45PM on April 23 at Turn It In: http://www.turnitin.com/ (class #3061969; password “gothic”). Drop off the hard copy, together with a large self-addressed, stamped manila envelope, under my office door 603G Pray Harrold by the due date.

 

[Schedule last modified January 10, 2010]