Syllabus

The full syllabus is available here: syllabus.pdf.

Schedule

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.

  • Introduction.

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.

  • 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.