Tuesday, January 30
Emily Dickinson, “I have not told my garden yet” (c. 1850-1870) + Paul Legault, 605 (2012)
Emily Dickinson, “I bring an unaccustomed wine” (c. 1850-1870) + Paul Legault, 126 (2012)
Emily Dickinson, “I felt a funeral in my brain” (c. 1850-1870) + Paul Legault, 340 (2012)

Thursday, February 1
Three Emily Dickinson poems of your choice, each paired with Paul Legault’s “English-to-English translation” of the poem from The Emily Dickinson Reader
Before class: 1.) Search The Emily Dickinson Archive to view the manuscript versions of the poems you choose; spend some time with them; look closely 2.) Be sure to bring hard copies of the poems to class. You’ll need to write on them.

Tuesday, February 6
Guest: Paul Legault (!)
William Shakespeare, “Sonnet 14” (1609)** + Matthew Rohrer, “Untitled” (2012)*
William Shakespeare, “Sonnet 82” (1609)** + Caroline Bergvall, “Untitled” (2012)*
William Shakespeare, “Sonnet 8” (1609)** + Eugene Ostashevsky, “1 = 0” (2012)*
William Shakespeare, “Sonnet 9” (1609)** + Rachel Blau DuPlessis, “Trans-Literalization of Sonnet 9 into a 28-Line Dialogue” (2012)*
Before class: Choose any of Shakespeare’s sonnets to translate into another form. We’ll do the translating in class, so be sure to bring the sonnet with you.
*From The Sonnets: Translating and Revising Shakespeare, eds. Cohen and Legault
**You can find Shakespeare’s sonnets on Open Source Shakespeare (and many other site). Be sure to bring hard copies to class.

Thursday, February 8
“Intertextuality” (Literary Devices)
Robert S. Miola, “Seven Types of Intertextuality”

Tuesday, February 13
Siri Hustvedt, The Shaking Woman (2010), pp. 1 – 151

Thursday, February 15
Siri Hustvedt, The Shaking Woman (2010), pp. 151 – end

Tuesday, February 20
No class: CUNY Monday

Thursday, February 22
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper” (1892) & “Why I Wrote ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’” (1913)

Tuesday, February 27
Tim Urban, “What Makes You You?” (2014)
Christopher Smart, “My Cat Jeoffry”
Mark Gaipa, Gaipa_Redaction
Mark Gaipa’s Mark Gaipa, “8 Strategies of Critically Engaging Sources” on using sources (optional)

Thursday, March 1
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818), pp. 3-48

Tuesday, March 6
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818), pp. 49-131
Choose two texts from the “Cultural Documents and Illustrations” section of the Bedford/St. Martin’s edition of Frankenstein and come to class prepared to talk about their intertextual relationships with Shelley’s novel.

Thursday, March 8
No class.

Tuesday, March 13
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818), pp. 131-end
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Excerpt from The Discourse on the Origin of Inequality (1755)
Allan Lloyd Smith, “This Thing of Darkness”: Racial Discourse in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Thursday, March 15
Frederick Douglass, Excerpt from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, American Slave, Chapters 1 & 7 (1845); full text here.
Mary Wollstonecraft, Chapter 1: The Rights and Duties Involved of Mankind Considered, from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792); full text here.
Annotation 1 due

Tuesday, March 20
Jordan Peele (dir.), Get Out (in-class screening) (2016)

Thursday, March 22
Jordan Peele (dir.), Get Out (2016)
GLENDA R. CARPIO, IRVIN J. HUNT, & NAMWALI SERPELL, “Virtual Roundtable on ‘Get Out’,” Cassie DeCosta, “‘Get Out’ Captures Double Consciousness Perfectly,” & Hawkins DuBois, “How DP Toby Oliver ‘Represented Consciousness’ to Shoot ‘Get Out'”
Jill Lepore, “The Strange and Twisted Life of Frankenstein”
Jordan Peele discusses Get Out at UCLA

Tuesday, March 27
Workshop: Essay 1
Gordon Harvey, “Elements of the Academic Essay”

Thursday, March 29
No class

Tuesday, April 3
No class: Spring break

Thursday, April 5
No class: Spring break

Tuesday, April 10
Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861), Chapters 1 – 7
Draft workshop: Essay 1

Thursday, April 12
Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861), pp. 8 – 15

Tuesday, April 17
Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861), pp. 16 – end
Contemporary Responses, pp. 161-65; Spelman, “The Heady Political Life of Compassion” (p. 353)
Essay 1 due

Thursday, April 19
Langston Hughes, “Slave on the Block” (1934) [Scribners, September 1933, pp. 141-143]
Eudora Welty, “Where Is the Voice Coming From?” (1963)
Casey Cep, “A Murder in Deep Summer”
Maud Casey, “Mystery in Character: The Uses of Discomfort” (2018)
Kaitlyn Greenidge, “Who Gets to Write What?” (2016)

Tuesday, April 24
Paul Beatty, The Sellout (2015), pp. 3 – 89

Thursday, April 26
Paul Beatty, The Sellout (2015), pp. 90 – 150
Kevin Young, “Paul Beatty’s The Sellout

Tuesday, May 1
Paul Beatty, The Sellout (2015), 150 – end
Daniel Hack, “The Sellout and a Tradition of Black Anglophilia”
Annotation 2 due

Thursday, May 3
Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake (2003), Chapters 1 & 2 (3-33)

Tuesday, May 8
Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake (2003), pp. 35 – 261
Leon R. Kass, “Beyond Therapy”

Thursday, May 10
Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake (2003), 262 – end

Tuesday, May 15
Draft Workshop: Essay 2 (Bring 3 copies to class.)

Tuesday, May 22
Essay 2 due (to me, via email)

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