SPRING 2013 GRADUATE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Vincent B. Leitch University of Oklahoma
English 5313 Spring 2013
INTRODUCTION TO LITERARY AND CULTURAL THEORY
Examining several dozen key figures and texts in the history of theory and criticism, this student-oriented survey focuses on five topics of pressing concern in contemporary times: (1) modernity and postmodernity; (2) ideology and hegemonic systems; (3) subjectivity, subjection, and the body; (4) interpretation, reception, critique; plus (5) historiography and literary history. Among the figures read are Schleiermacher, Hegel, Marx, Lukács, Freud, Bakhtin, Lacan, Althusser, R. Williams, Barthes, Foucault, Habermas, Bourdieu, Derrida, Jameson, Said, Ngugi, Rich, Spivak, P. G. Allen, Haraway, Butler, Moretti, Berlant and Warner, Halberstam, plus Hardt and Negri. Among contemporary schools and movements discussed are cultural studies, structuralism, poststructuralism, feminism, Marxism, psychoanalysis, postcolonial studies, formalism, hermeneutics, historicism, race and ethnicity studies, and queer theory.
Vincent B. Leitch, gen. ed., Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, 2nd ed.
POLICIES AND GRADING
The discussions in class are central to the work of the course. Each participant is required to attend regularly and to be prepared to analyze and critique the assigned readings on the days scheduled.
There will be a required fifteen-minute in-class critique of one of the assigned readings. A written version of it must be turned in on the day of presentation.
In addition, there will be a research paper due on the last day of class. The paper should be approximately 5,000 words on a topic of interest to you, related to course issues, and approved by the instructor.
The course grade derives from your participation, presentation, and paper.
CONFERENCES WITH INSTRUCTOR
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Session 1 Syllabus Review and Critiques Scheduled
Introduction to Theory and Criticism (NATC2 Intro)
I. Modernity and Postmodernity
Session 2 Marx and Engels, Communist Manifesto
Foucault, Discipline and Punish, “The Carceral”
Habermas, “Modernity--An Incomplete Project”
Bourdieu, Rules of Art
Session 3 Jameson, “Postmodernism and Consumer Society”
Session 4 Adunis
Hardt and Negri
Derrida, Specters of Marx
II. Ideology and Hegemonic Systems
Session 5 Marx, Preface to A Contribution to . . .
Session 6 Said, Orientalism, Introduction
Session 7 Rubin
Berlant and Warner
Guidelines for Writing Research Papers
III. Subjectivity, Subjection, and the Body
Session 8 Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit, “Master-Slave Dialectic”
Lacan, “Mirror Stage”
Session 9 Butler
Session 10 Rich
IV. Interpretation, Reception, Critique
Session 11 Schleiermacher
Freud, Interpretation of Dreams
Derrida, “Plato’s Pharmacy”
Session 12 P. G. Allen
Jameson, The Political Unconscious
Leitch, “The Tasks of Critical Reading Today”
V. Historiography: Literary History
Session 13 Lukács
Session 14 Wimsatt and Beardsley, “Intentional Fallacy”
Barthes, “Death of the Author”
Gilbert and Gubar
Session 15 White
Ngugi et al
ENGL 5353 Native American Poetry Geary Hobson Spring 2013
The class will be conducted in the traditional seminar fashion. Students will read the assigned texts and be required to discuss the works in class. The instructor will keep his lecturing as minimal as possible. There will be two papers: one, 4-5 pages; and the second, 8-10 pages. The first paper’s topic will evolve from the readings/discussions of the books by four major poets under examination (James Welch, Simon J. Ortiz, Carter Revard, and Gladys Cardiff); the second paper will center of poetes and their work in the Bruchac anthology, Songs From This Earth on Turtle’s Back. Students will be encouraged to make oral reports on their work in-progress. Periodically, there will be brief lectures on matters tangential to Native American literature, history, and cultures, and the craft of poetry.
ENGL 5403 Issues in CRL Kathleen Welch Spring 2013
Issues in C/R/L will present the dominant (and frequently competing) issues and ways of knowing that comprise the field of composition-rhetoric (as well as literacy studies within composition-rhetoric). The course will proceed by reading and responding to representative writers, texts, and ideologies in the reformulations of writing theory, rhetorics, and literacy issues as they have been challenged by recent and historical research. The course will demonstrate and explore important theoretical systems in composition-rhetoric studies; help prepare students in all concentrations for the M.A. thesis; act as one basis for the M.A. and Ph.D. examinations in C/R/L; and provide direct theoretical bases for the everyday theorized teaching of writing.
Our centers of concern will include feminist composition-rhetoric theories; issues concerning constructions (or not constructions) of race and other kinds of identities (including issues of white identity); empirical research; and computers and writing-rhetoric. In addition, we will work on the idea of multiples literacies. For example, how can the teaching of writing make a graduate student a better writer?
Jacqueline Royster, Traces of a Stream: Literacy and Social Change among African-American Women
Andrea Lunsford and Lisa S. Ede, Singular Texts/Plural Authors
Lev Vygotsky, trans. Hanfmann and Vakar, Thought and Language
Laura J. Gurak, Cyberliteracy
Gail E. Hawisher and Cynthia L. Selfe, eds. Global Literacies and the World-Wide Web (excerpts)
Kenneth Burke, A Rhetoric of Motives
Sharon Crowley, The Methodical Memory: Invention in Current-Traditional Rhetoric
Krista Ratcliffe, Rhetorical Listening: Identification, Gender, Whiteness
Juanita Rodgers Comfort, “Becoming a Writerly Self: College Writers Engaging Black
Pamphlet, NCTE, “Guidelines for Gender-Fair Use of Language” (available via electronic reserve, ncte.org, and via print course pack)
Gesa Kirsch and Patricia Sullivan, eds., Methods and Methodology in Composition
Course pack (CP) print and electronic
Recommended (not required):
Susan Miller, ed., The Norton Book of Composition Studies
Gail Hawisher, et al., Computers and the Teaching of Writing…
Mary Field Belenky et al., Women’s Ways of Knowing
J. Frederick Reynolds, ed., Rhetorical Memory and Delivery
Jacqueline Jones Royster and Ann Marie Mann Simpkins, eds., Calling Cards: Theory and Practice in the Study of Race, Gender, and Culture
Welch, Kathleen E., Electric Rhetoric
Websites such as Compile and the CCC Online Bibliography
ENGL 5523: Seminar--Medieval Language and Literature: Medieval Authorship Joyce Coleman
This course will explore how literature worked in an era of diffused authorship, fluid texts, and niche audiences—that is, the supposedly "pre-modern" Middle Ages. We will consider how such factors affected the kind of literature written in the late Middle Ages and the ways in which authors, patrons, and audiences understood that literature, and each other. Most readings will be in Middle English, but no previous knowledge of medieval literature or Middle English is required. All non-English texts will be read in modern translation. Students of later periods of literature are welcome and can, if they wish, devise paper topics applying similar considerations to literature in their period of study.
ENGL 5533 Shakespeare: Between Renaissance and Reformation David Anderson
This class will examine Shakespeare’s dramas against their intellectual context, reading them alongside the great texts of the Renaissance and the Reformation. Those two movements, which changed Europe forever, are of such complexity as to defy simplistic definitions. One involved the recovery of classical texts and traditions and inaugurated the intellectual phenomenon of humanism. The other was a religious revolt against the established church, which broke the common culture of Europe into pieces, inaugurating new churches and new ways of seeing God, the self, and the society. That Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies and histories were produced in this cultural ferment is no accident. Each week we will read one of Shakespeare’s plays alongside one of these authors. Some weeks we may find much common ground between the two; others we may find mostly divergence. By the end of the term we will have come closer to a better understanding of Shakespeare and the extraordinary era in which he lived.
Besides Shakespeare prospective authors may include Pico, Ficino, Luther, Calvin, Bacon, Machiavelli, Erasmus and Montaigne.
English 5713 Upward Mobility in Nineteenth Century American Literary Culture Francesca Sawaya W. 5:30-8:30
The Horatio Alger narrative of self-help and upward mobility, canonized in the latter half of nineteenth century, has long been seen as central to American culture. In recent years, historians and critics have again returned to this foundational fiction, generating insights about the ways in which it narrates both fantasies about and realities of capitalism. For example, Scott Sandage in Born Losers: A History of Failure in America has shown the way the narrative of upward mobility has hidden what is in plain sight—that narratives of failure are far more visible in and characteristic of American capitalism. From a different angle, Bruce Robbins has recently proposed in Upward Mobility: Towards a History of the Welfare State what he calls the “counterintuitive” thesis that nineteenth- and twentieth-century self-help narratives which seem to confirm the myths of the autonomous individual of liberal capitalism are usually expressions of an emergent (albeit imperfectly realized) welfare state. This class seeks to explore significant literary narratives of the nineteenth century from a range of subject positions that rely on and revise the Horatio Alger narrative. In the varieties of ways novelists and intellectuals use, modify, satirize, and criticize the narrative, we find fascinating and rich representations of American capitalism. Aiming to appeal to both students specializing in American literature and those working outside the field, the class seeks to provide a broad survey of nineteenth century American literature, while also using the narrative of upward mobility to think about the culture of capitalism.
Among the writers we may read are Jane Addams, Horatio Alger, Abraham Cahan, Andrew Carnegie, Stephen Crane, Charles Chesnutt, Theodore Dreiser, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Sutton Griggs, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Frances Harper, Pauline Hopkins, William Dean Howells, Henry James, Frank Norris, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Herbert Spencer, William Graham Sumner, Mark Twain, Susan Warner, Booker T. Washington, and Edith Wharton
ENGL 6103 Research Methods in CRL Chris Carter
This course addresses research methods in Composition, Rhetoric, and Literacy from the 1980s to the present. Course participants perform close examinations of qualitative and quantitative studies, considering how various critical theories inform research design and reporting. Those examinations aim not toward achieving an ideal methodology, but toward shaping scholarly practices that are appropriate to our chosen topics as well as the material and social circumstances of our investigations. We attend to how method at once enables and constrains what we learn from each study, and how our choice of analytical terms makes certain insights available while obscuring others. Key areas of inquiry include writing pedagogy, the history of rhetoric, digital communications, family and community literacies, and writing in the workplace, though weekly activities will accommodate the particular interests of class participants. As we discuss those interests, we also review methodological interventions by feminists, theorists of race relations, and teacher-scholars working in transnational contexts.
Those interventions appear at various points in our course readings, which consist of Peter Smagorinsky’s Research on Composition, Lee Nickoson et al’s Writing Studies Research in Practice, Cindy Johanek’s Composing Research, Alexis E. Ramsey et al’s Working in the Archives, Heidi McKee and Danielle DeVoss’s Digital Writing Research, and Jacqueline Jones Royster and Gesa E. Kirsch’s Feminist Rhetorical Practices. As we explore those texts we take on two major writing tasks, the first of which is to describe an area of debate within the conversation about research methods and make a brief contribution (9-10 pages) to that discourse. The second task is to formulate a research study that articulates a pressing concern, reviews literature relevant to that concern, and presents a detailed proposal for examining the issue using qualitative and/or quantitative techniques. With careful planning, the first project can fit seamlessly with the second, though such continuity is not necessary to your success in the class.
English 6013 The Materiality of Rhetoric Susan Kates
In this research seminar, we will consider the rhetoricity of “things.” To explore this concept, we will examine works by Kenneth Burke, Maureen Daly Goggin, Carol Mattingly, Malea Powell, Beth Fowkes Tobin and others whose research incorporates social and historical approaches to examine quilts, ancient Cherokee baskets and beading, as well as clothing and memorial sites that espouse meaning, not just as cultural artifacts, but as live, active sites for heritage and memory-making, storytelling, and communicating. In this course, we examine a material turn in scholarship—a turn of attention to material objects and practices in a field that has traditionally focused almost solely on texts. Over the past two decades, researchers in cultural studies and composition, rhetoric and literacy studies have turned to material culture to explore the significance of material artifacts for understanding history, culture, race, gender, politics, and economics. We will work to examine the ways that material culture can be read as a text—and to explore the rhetoricity of a wide range of material objects.