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January 14, 2009

Syllabus & Handouts - ENG 435 (CA01) Spring 2009 - Literary Criticism

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14 January 2009

ENG 435 Students [ONLY],

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[1] If you are looking for the proper entry to enter assignments about this week's primary texts (e.g. Fitzgerald, Joyce, Fleming, Shepard, etc.) on the book/film of the week, you should click the link appropriate category link in the Scattergories menu to the left of the page. For example, click the *Literature* link to scan all entries tagged "LIterature" or *Film* to see any tagged "Film" and submit your response to the appropriate entry (usually the title of the entry will match the title of the work you are working with for this module). The link can also be found by clicking HERE for Literature and HERE for Film.

[2] If you are looking for the proper entry to enter assignments about this week's secondary texts (e.g. Tyson, Rivkin and Ryan, et al.) on the "theory-of-the-week," you should click the link appropriate category link in the scattergories menu to the left of the page. For example, click "Critical Theory" to see all entries tagged with that topic and submit your response/assignment to the appropriate entry (e.g. "Political Lens: Feminism, or "When the Text > The Audience or the Author: New Criticism," etc.). That link can also be found by clicking HERE for Critical Theory.

At this particular entry (the one you are now reading

At this entry you will find the most recent addendum to the course syllabus (CLICK HERE).

Per your instructions on the first day of class--if you have not . . .

. . . already done so--print the course syllabus, staple it, READ IT!, initial each paragraph of and sign the student-teacher contract on the last page (if you still want to take the course), and bring the lot to our NEXT class meeting. You will keep the syllabus (put it in your portfolio that you will bring to each class) and you will give the signed document to me.

The other parts of your first homework assignment are listed on the course itinerary. Read and follow my instructions carefully (the key to doing well in one of my courses).


List of Works on Reserve in Canon Memorial Library for ENG 435: Literary Criticism Students


Note: Books on reserve cannot by removed from the library premises, but can be borrowed “in-library” for a set amount of time (ask the librarian at the circulation desk near the entrance for details).  You might wish to photocopy only the portions you need. The material we are covering this semester will be challenging, to say the least, for some of you. I do encourage you to take responsibility and do outside reading to supplement your understanding of each theory, particularly when it is one you will be using to produce either a written or oral assignment.


THEORY (Overviews/Surveys):


·      Johns Hopkins Guide To Literary Theory & Criticism / edited by Michael Groden, Martin Kreiswirth, and Imre Szeman. Call Number: PN81 .J554 2005


·      Literary Theory : An Introduction / Terry Eagleton. Call Number: PN94 .E2 1983


·      Cambridge History Of Literary Criticism. Call Number: PN86 .C27 1989


·      Handbook Of Critical Approaches To Literature / Wilfred L. Guerin ... [et al.]. Call Number: PN81 .G8 2005


THEORY (By Topic/Category):


·      Literary Criticism And Psychology / edited by Joseph P. Strelka. Call Number: PN98.P75L5


·      Psychoanalysis & American Literary Criticism / Louis Frailberg. Call Number: PS78 .F7 1960


·      Guide To Marxist Literary Criticism / compiled by Chris Bullock and David Peck.  Call Number: Z2014.C8 B84 1980


·      The Cambridge Companion To Feminist Literary Theory / edited by Ellen Rooney. Call Number:PN98.W64 C35 2006


·      Formalist Criticism And Reader-Response Theory / Todd F. Davis and Kenneth Womack. Call Number: PN98.F6 D38 2002


·      Structuralism / edited with an introd. by Jacques Ehrmann. Call Number: B841.4 .E34


·      Deconstruction And Criticism / Harold Bloom ... [et al.]. Call Number: PN94 .D4


·      Toward A New Historicism / Wesley Morris. Call Number:         PS55 .M6


·      Queer Theory And Social Change [electronic resource] / Max H. Kirsch.           Call Number: HQ76.25 .K57 2000eb


·      Signifying Monkey : A Theory Of Afro-American Literary Criticism / Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Call Number: PS153.N5 G28 1988


·      Playing In The Dark : Whiteness And The Literary Imagination  Call Number: PS173.N4 M67 1992


·      Postcolonial Theory And Criticism [computer file] / edited by Laura Chrisman and Benita Parry. An electronic book accessible through the World Wide Web


·      Postcolonial Theory [electronic resource] : a critical introduction / Leela Gandhi. An electronic book accessible through the World Wide Web




·      F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby / edited, and with an introduction by Harold Bloom. Call Number: PS3511.I9 G837 1986


·      Great Gatsby: A Study. Call Number: PS3511.I9 G77


·      Great Gatsby [videorecording] / Paramount Pictures ; produced by David Merrick ; directed by Jack Clayton. Call Number: PN1997 .G731 1996


·      Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man / by James Joyce ; with an introduction by Hugh Kenner and illustrated by Brian Keogh.       Call Number: PR6019.O9 P8 1968


·      Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man : Complete, Authoritative Text With Biographical And Historical Contexts, Critical History, And Essays From Five Contemporary Critical Perspectives / James Joyce ; edited by R.B. Kershner.  Call Number: PR6019.O9 P6483


·      Portraits Of An Artist; A Casebook On James Joyce's A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man [by] William E. Morris [and] Clifford A. Nault, Jr. Call Number: PR6019.O9P646



I enjoyed meeting you at our first meeting. See you at our next one!

Dr. Hobbs


P.S. Please be aware that this entry will be the ever-growing repository for ongoing course handouts (study material) that I will expect you to print and read on your own time during the course of the semester. There are links to .pdf files stored on this server. After the semester, they will be removed. In the meantime, please download and read the following:

2009 Spring Semester Final Exam Schedule for Saint Leo University

"Overview of Plagiarism" according to Joseph Gibladi and the Modern Language Association (MLA)

"Sample First Page of a Paper in the MLA Format"

"Sample First Page of a Works Cited Page in the MLA Format"

"Dr. Hobbs's Comment and Editing Code Sheet #1"

"Dr. Hobbs's Comment and Editing Code Sheet #2"

"A Sample Checksheet for Drafts of Your Written Assignments-Use Before Bringing Your Drafts to Class!"

"Dr. Hobbs's Rubric for Paper Letter Grades (Wholistic Model)"

"The Studying Technique of Clearing Up any Non-understood Words in your Course Readings" according to Mr. Hubbard

"Some Tips on Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing in your Academic Papers"

Tips for Writing Scholarly Papers" by Audrey Thompson

ALSO, specific to this course only:

Sign-up Sheet for the Critical Theory Articles in the Rivkin/Ryan Anthology (signed by you on the first class meeting)

'Instructions for the Precis Writing Template' (See file below for actual Template)

'A Template for Writing an Academic Precis'

"On Writing a Precis I" by John Crane

"On Writing the Precis II" by Michael Seiferth

'Creating the Text: Reader-Response Criticism.' Excerpted from Chapter 4 of Stephen Lynn's Texts and Contexts, a wonderful primer on "Writing about Literature with Critical Theory" that I highly recommend you purchase (not required).

Hobbs, Lee - Handouts on the Monomyth-Hero's Journey Mythological Theory

Handouts on Plato's Allegory of the Cave - Full-text and some Ilustrations, etc.


Precis and/or Application Paper Title problems? Click HERE for advice on writing better, more academic, and more appropriate titles for your responses / essays.

Posted by lhobbs at January 14, 2009 10:49 PM

Readers' Comments:

I looked around the blog and printed off the course material.

Posted by: Wesley Johnson at January 14, 2009 03:12 PM

I would like to wish everyone the best of luck in this course.

Posted by: Ava at January 14, 2009 09:49 PM

I'm looking forward to a good semester.

Posted by: Travis Rathbone at January 15, 2009 04:18 PM

Bookmarked and ready to go!

Posted by: S. Tatko at January 15, 2009 08:39 PM

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