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ENGLISH 365: Fictions of Literary Being

In an essay from his book The Flesh of Words, Jacques Rancière refers to the suspensive existence of literature. This seminar will be devoted to an in-depth consideration of the possible meanings of this phrase. At issue for us will be the suspension of the normative assumption that the fundamental difference between a person (the author, the reader) and a fictional character is that the former has being while the latter does not. The syllabus will feature a sub-genre of the novel that disturbs this normative assumption by explicitly staging the collapse of the divide between actual and fictional being, flesh and word, author and character, through an extended representation of the porosity of those categories on every level of the text structural, characterological, and narratological. The result is the development of a metafictional discourse within the fiction itself that narrates a crossing-over of the author's material actuality with the immateriality of character. We'll examine the forms of crossing-over, its particular temporal and spatial conditions, and its ethical consequences and philosophical implications both within and outside the novel.
Last offered: Spring 2016

ENGLISH 365F: American Renaissance Literature: The Invention of the American Author

Investigation of the problematic production of an American national literature in the antebellum period. Readings include generically diverse range of texts in which the particular requirements of an ¿American¿ authorship are specifically at issue. Focus upon various theories and problems of authorship as they appear explicitly or implicitly in the fiction, poetry, correspondence, and criticism of the period. These issues include the impact of the democratic-revolutionary legacy upon the development of American literary form; the rise of a literary cultural elite and its importance to the formation of an American public sphere; elite anxieties concerning the marginal status of United States literature in relation to European culture; the consequent marginalization of ¿Americanness¿ as that which resists cultural development; the literary appropriation of ¿commonness¿ as central to the representation of national character; theories of ¿the popular voice¿ and the textual emergence of voices resistant to such theories.
Last offered: Winter 2019

ENGLISH 365G: Problems in American Literary History

Survey of American literature exploring the relationship between ¿problem texts¿--works that raise significant formal difficulties--and major problems in US history. Attention to social and cultural contexts, and to critical and theoretical debates.

ENGLISH 366: Practicing Theories

An exploration of the some of the main currents in post-WWII and contemporary literary theory from the new criticism to deconstruction, new historicism, etc., arriving at contemporary debates about surface reading, digital humanities, affect, and the new materialisms.
Last offered: Spring 2018

ENGLISH 368A: Imagining the Oceans (COMPLIT 368A, FRENCH 368A)

How has Western culture constructed the world's oceans since the beginning of global ocean exploration? How have imaginative visions of the ocean been shaped by marine science, technology, exploration, commerce and leisure? Primary authors read might include Cook, Banks, Equiano, Ricketts, and Steinbeck; Defoe, Cooper, Verne, Conrad, Woolf and Hemingway; Coleridge, Baudelaire, Moore, Bishop and Walcott. Critical readings include Schmitt, Rediker and Linebaugh, Baucom, Best, Corbin, Auden, Sontag and Heller-Roazen. Films by Sekula, Painlevé and Bigelow. Seminar coordinated with a 2015 Cantor Arts Center public exhibition. Visits to the Cantor; other possible field trips include Hopkins Marine Station and SF Maritime Historical Park. Open to graduate students only.
Terms: Win | Units: 5
Instructors: Cohen, M. (PI)

ENGLISH 371: Drama and Aesthetics, Shakepeare to Schiller

Major examples of Shakespearean, Neo-classical, bourgeois, Idealist, and Romantic drama from 1600 to 1800 studied in tandem with the aesthetic and dramatic theories that underwrite them. Dramatists include Shakespeare, Addison, Lillo, Home, Schiller, and Joanna Baillie. Theorists include Dryden, Addison, Lessing, Diderot, Hume, Adam Smith, Schiller, and Baillie.
Last offered: Autumn 2018

ENGLISH 373: Shakespearean Tragedy and Its Critics

A close study of Shakespeare's major tragedies and exemplary criticism from the Restoration to the present.
Last offered: Autumn 2017

ENGLISH 381B: Theories of Race and Ethnicity

This interdisciplinary and reading-intensive course has been designed to familiarize you with the key scholars, as well as the most recent developments, in theorizations of race and ethnicity in literary and cultural studies, performance studies, visual studies, and philosophy. As we work our way through this diverse set of readings, particular attention will be paid to how the various approaches illuminate key issues under current debate: subjectivity, identity, biological difference, racial representation, affect, and political activism.
Last offered: Autumn 2018

ENGLISH 384E: Quantitative Models and Literary Form: Advanced Methods in Digital Humanities

 This course will explore three methods of quantitative text analysis: topic modeling, word embedding, and named entity recognition. In each case, we learn how the method works, what humanities-based questions it can (or can¿t) answer, and how to interpret its results. Combining hands-on experimentation, with readings of humanities-based uses of each method, students will learn to integrate these techniques into their research and design analyses that can fully leverage the potential of each method. No previous technical experience is required.
Terms: Win | Units: 5

ENGLISH 385A: Ulysses

Through intensive close reading of Joyce's novel along with selected theoretical texts, we will examine the formal structures and cultural and political implications of Ulysses. Topics will include modernist aesthetics and narrative innovation, depictions of consciousness, gender and sexuality, vernacular modernism, and the sensorium of modernity.
Last offered: Spring 2018
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