Schedule for LITR/WGST 479/480/592 (Summer 2009)

Week 1:

Tuesday, June 30

Introduction of Students, Course, & Topic; Conjectural Response; Test Surprise Film with Conjectures. Homework is listed adjacent to the day due, with the abbreviations as follows: Electronic Reserves (ER); Response on required literature plus one theorist (RS); Quotation from the optional reading (QT); Discussion questions on required literature (DQl); Discussion questions on required theory (DQt); Respondent for peers in class (RT); Not applicable (no homework that day) (n/a). See the Group and Homework Assignment handouts for your group number and fuller descriptions of each task (/groups.htm and /hmwk.htm respectively).

Week 2:

Thursday, July 2:

Cannibal Myths and Mythology

Literature: Homer, Odyssey, Book IX; Selections from Hesiod, Theogony, and the Old & New Testament (ER)

Theorists: Said, Abridged “Imaginative Geography,” Orientalism; Lévi-Strauss, Tristes Tropiques and Raw & the Cooked (ER)

Artwork: Fra Angelico, Last Judgment (1432+); Francisco de Goya, Saturn Devouring His Children (1824) (ER)

Optional: Kilgour, “From Communion to Cannibalism”; Root, Cannibal Culture (ER)

Recommended Film: Peter Greenaway, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover (1989)

* Homework: Group 1 (RS); Group 2 (DQt); Group 3 (RT); Group 4 (QT); Group 5 (n/a); Group 6 (DQl)

Week 3:

Tuesday, July 7:

Early Modern & Enlightenment Cannibal

Background: Montaigne, “Of Cannibals” (plus Kant/Malthus quotes); Shakespeare, Tempest, Excerpt (ER)

Literature: Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe, Selections (ER)

Theorists: Wheeler, “‘My Savage,’ ‘My Man’”; Shohat and Stam, Abridged “Tropes of Empire” & “Renegade Voices” (ER)

Artwork: Theodor Galle, Vespucci Awakens a Sleeping America (1580); Salvador Dali, La nostalgia del cannibale (1936) (ER)

Optional: Hulme, “Robinson Crusoe and Friday”; Jooma, “Robinson Crusoe, Inc(Corporates)” (ER)

Recommended Lit: Jonathan Swift, “Modest Proposal” and Gulliver’s Travels (Part IV) (ER)

Recommended Film: Adaptations of Robinson Crusoe, Lost Series (ABC, 2004+) (ER)

* Homework: Group 1 (DQl); Group 2 (RS); Group 3 (DQt); Group 4 (RT); Group 5 (QT); Group 6 (n/a)

Week 4:

Thursday, July 9:

Victorians at Sea

Literature: Herman Melville, Moby Dick Selections (ER)

Theorists: Sigmund Freud, Totem and Taboo; Walter Benjamin, “Gloves” (ER)

Artwork: Théodore Géricault, The Raft of the Medusa (1819) (ER)

Optional: Crain, “Lovers of Human Flesh”; Kristeva, Powers of Horror (ER)

Recommended Lit: Coleridge, “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”; Coetzee, Lives of the Animals (ER)

Recommended Film: Gore Verbinski, Pirates of the Caribbean Series, esp. “Dead Man's Chest”

* Homework: Group 1 (n/a); Group 2 (DQl); Group 3 (RS); Group 4 (DQt); Group 5 (RT); Group 6 (QT)

Week 5:

Tuesday, July 14:

Animal and Monster Archetypes in the Fairy Tale

Literature: Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures (ch. 1-8); Perrault, “Little Red Riding Hood”; Grimm, “Hansel and Gretel” (ER)

Theorists: Marina Warner, “Child in the Jaws of the Story”; Nancy Armstrong, Complete “Occidental Alice,” Part 1 (ER)

Artwork: Tom Petty, Don't Come Around Here No More (ER)

Optional: Russo, “Female Grotesques”; Bermingham, “Ready-to-Wear Femininity” (ER)

Recommended Lit: Charles Perrault, “Bluebeard”; Angela Carter, “The Bloody Chamber” (ER)

Recommended Films: Walt Disney, Alice in Wonderland; Peter Jackson, Heavenly Creatures; Matthew Bright, Freeway

* Homework: Group 1 (QT); Group 2 (n/a); Group 3 (DQl); Group 4 (RS); Group 5 (DQt); Group 6 (RT)

Week 6:

Thursday, July 16:

Adventure Fiction I (The ‘Dark Continent’)

Literature: H. Rider Haggard, She, Ch. 1-8

Theorists: Nancy Armstrong, Complete “Occidental Alice,” Part 2 (ER)

Optional: bell hooks, “Eating the Other”; Fanon, “Fact of Blackness” (ER)

Recommended Film: Steven Spielberg, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

* Homework: Group 1 (RT); Group 2 (QT); Group 3 (n/a); Group 4 (DQl); Group 5 (RS); Group 6 (DQt)

Week 7:

Tuesday, July 21:

Adventure Fiction II (Cannibal Queen)

Literature: H. Rider Haggard, She, Ch. 9-19

Theorists: Anne McClintock, Imperial Leather (ER)

Artwork: Pablo Picasso, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1906) & Girl before a Mirror (1932) (ER)

Optional: Thomas, “European Appropriation of Indigenous Things”; Fabian, “Of Dogs Alive, Birds Dead” (ER)

Recommended Film: Mel Stuart, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

* Homework: Group 1 (DQt); Group 2 (RT); Group 3 (QT); Group 4 (n/a); Group 5 (DQl); Group 6 (RS)

Week 8:

Thursday, July 23:

Adventure Fiction III (Witches Blues)

Literature: H. Rider Haggard, She, Ch. 20-28

Theorists: Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, “Destination Culture” (ER)

Recommended Lit: Chares Dickens, “Lost Arctic Voyagers,” Household Words (ER)

Optional: Foucault, “Panopticon” & Gupta, “Reincarnation” (Grp 4) ; Malchow, “Cannibalism & Popular Culture” (Grp 5); Doane, Femme Fatales & Alloula, Colonial Harem (Grp 6)

Recommended Film: Lansing Holden, She (1935), Van Dyke and Thorpe, Tarzan series (1935)

* Homework: Group 1-2 (DQl); Group 3 (DQt); Group 4-6 (QT, evenly divide your group’s essays between members)

Week 9:

Tuesday, July 28:

Victorian Vamp I (Cannibal Economies)

Literature: Bram Stoker, Dracula, Ch. 1-8

Theorists: Marx, “Meaning of Human Requirements,” “Working-Day,” “Fetishism of Commodities” (ER)

Recommended Film: George Romero, Dawn of the Dead (1978)

* Homework: Finish the 5-pg. Research Proposal (/essay.htm). Submit two copies by class time, one to the department mailbox (612 Pray Harrold) and a second at the Turn It In website: (class #2760395; password “cannibal”)

Week 10:

Thursday, July 30:

Victorian Vamp II (Cannibal Within)

Literature: Bram Stoker, Dracula, Ch. 9-16

Theorists: Jameson, “Postmodernism: or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism” (ER)

Artwork: Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe (1962) & 100 Campbells’ Soup Cans (1962) (ER)

Optional: Moretti, “Capital Dracula” & Arata, “Occidental Tourist” (Grp 1); Craft, “Kiss Me” & Bordo, “Hunger as Ideology” (Grp 2), Armstrong, “Polygenetic Imagination” & “The Necessarily Gothic” (Grp 3) (ER)

Recommended Film: Adaptations of Dracula; Buffy the Vampire Slayer Series; Jonathan Demme, Silence of the Lambs

* Homework: Group 1-3 (QT, evenly divide your group’s essays between members); Group 4-5 (DQl); Group 6 (DQt)

Week 11:

Tuesday, August 4:

Victorian Vamp III (Cannibal Without)

Literature: Bram Stoker, Dracula, Ch. 17-27

Theorists: Bartolovich, “Cultural Logic of Late Cannibalism”; Kilgour, “Function of Cannibalism at the Present Time” (ER)

Optional: Critical essays and cultural context appended to Dracula

* Homework: Write a response on Dracula incorporating at least one quote from a critical essay at the back of the book.

Week 12:

Tuesday, August 18

Research Presentations & Research Paper Due: Submit two copies by class time, one in class and a second at Turn It In: (class #2760395; password “cannibal”)