The full syllabus is available here: syllabus.pdf.
Readings are to be completed by the day they are listed under. The schedule may change as term goes on. The most up-to-date syllabus will always be available via e20ﬁc19.blogs.rutgers.edu/syllabus. You are expected to have the reading, in print form, with you in class. The bibliography (see below) tells you exactly what edition of each book I expect you to have; in general other versions will not work for this class. If a reading is distributed digitally, you may either print it out or bring your written notes on it instead.
When commonplace-book entries are due, they are to be posted by 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Thursday, September 5.
Monday, September 9. Elevating ﬁction.
- James, “The Middle Years.”
- Commonplacing: both groups. All students should choose a single sentence and comment on its use of observation.
(Tuesday, September 10.)
- Last day to drop the course without a “W.”
Thursday, September 12.
- James, “The Middle Years.”
- James, “The Art of Fiction.”
- Woolf, “Modern Fiction.”
Monday, September 16.
- Woolf, Monday or Tuesday, selections (commonplace from one of these):
- “A Haunted House.”
- “Monday or Tuesday.”
- “The Mark on the Wall.”
- Commonplacing: group A. Theme: Woolf’s handling of mental life.
Thursday, September 19.
- Woolf, “The Death of the Moth.”
- Woolf, “Street Haunting.”
- Woolf, A Room of One’s Own, chap. 3.
Monday, September 23.
- Joyce, Portrait, chap. 1–2. Commonplace.
- Commonplacing: group B. Theme: Joyce’s treatment of childhood.
Thursday, September 26.
- Joyce, Portrait, chap. 1–3.
Monday, September 30.
- Joyce, Portrait, complete.
- Commonplacing: group A. Theme: art and artistry.
Thursday, October 3.
- Joyce, Portrait, continued.
Monday, October 7.
- Faulkner, As I Lay Dying, through 104.
- Commonplacing: group B. Theme: Faulkner’s relation to James, Woolf, or Joyce.
Thursday, October 10.
- Faulkner, As I Lay Dying, through 155.
Monday, October 14.
- Faulkner, As I Lay Dying, complete.
- Commonplacing: group A. Theme: Faulkner’s South.
Thursday, October 17. Specializing popular literature.
- Sayers, Whose Body? at least through chap. 5.
(Saturday, October 19.)
- Paper 1 due.
Monday, October 21.
- Sayers, Whose Body? complete.
- Commonplacing: group B. Theme: mysteries and social problems.
Thursday, October 24.
- Hammett, The Maltese Falcon, at least through chap. 13.
Monday, October 28.
- Hammett, The Maltese Falcon, complete.
- Commonplacing: group A. Theme: the moral code of the novel?
- (Last day to withdraw with a “W.”)
Thursday, October 31. Boo.
- Hammett, The Maltese Falcon, continued.
- Chandler, “The Simple Art of Murder.”
- Hammett, “Suggestions to Detective Story Writers.”
Monday, November 4. Contesting racial convention.
- Toomer, Cane, up through “Bona and Paul.”
- Commonplacing: group B. Theme: form.
Thursday, November 6.
- Toomer, Cane, complete.
Monday, November 11. Armistice.
- Hurston, Their Eyes, 1–99.
- Commonplacing: group A. Theme: Janie’s relation to a social context.
Thursday, November 14.
- Hurston, Their Eyes, 1–128.
Monday, November 18.
- Hurston, Their Eyes, complete.
- Commonplacing: group B. Theme: the narrator’s relation to Janie.
Thursday, November 21.
- Hurston, Their Eyes, continued.
Monday, November 25. Globalizing literary English.
- Tagore, “The Postmaster.”
- Commonplacing: group A. Theme: the narrator’s relation to Ratan.
Tuesday, November 26. (Thursday classes meet).
- Tagore, “The Hungry Stones.”
(Thursday, November 28. No class.)
Monday, December 2.
- Anand, Untouchable, complete.
- Commonplacing: group B. Theme: the proletarian subject matter.
Thursday, December 5.
- Anand, Untouchable, continued.
(Friday, December 6.)
- Paper 2 due.
Monday, December 9.
- R.K. Narayan, selected stories (ﬁrst publication date in parentheses):
- “Father’s Help” (1942)
- “Out of Business” (1942)
- “The Axe” (1942)
- “Forty-ﬁve a Month” (1943)
- “Gateman’s Gift” (1944)
- “An Astrologer’s Day” (1944)
(Saturday, December 21.)
- Take-home ﬁnal exam distributed on Sakai.
Monday, December 23, at 11 a.m.
- Take-home ﬁnal exam due electronically on Sakai. Late exams will result in a failing grade for the course.