Introduction

T  Aug 18 – Syllabus Review and Course Introduction

  • What are the keywords of LMC?

Th Aug 20 – Course introduction

  • Meet the Profs and their Research

Unit I: Methods

T Aug 25 – Literary Methods/Santesso

  • Edgar Allan Poe, “The Cask of Amontillado” (1846); “Murders in the Rue Morgue” (1841)

Th Aug 27 – Literary Methods/Santesso

  • William Blake, “The Tyger”; “The Chimney Sweeper”; “A Poison Tree” (1789) [T-Square]

T Sep 1 – Film and Media Methods/Klein

  • Marshall McLuhan, selections from Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man (1964) [T-Square]
  • William Gibson, “Agrippa” (1992)
  • Alan Liu et al., “The Agrippa Files” [website; explore before class]

Th  Sep 3 – Film and Media Methods/Klein

  • Timothy Corrigan and Patricia White, “Introduction,” The Film Experience (2012) [T-Square]
  • Chuck Jones, Duck Amuck (1953), film [view before class]
  • 9/11 in film (ca. 2000s) [selected clips; in class]

T  Sep 8 – Cultural Studies Methods/ Farooq

  • Lawrence Grossberg et. al., “Cultural Studies: An Introduction” [pp. 1-6; T-Square]
  • Begin reading Junot Diaz, Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007), Part I

Th Sep 10 – Cultural Studies Methods/ Farooq

  • Jennie Livingston, Paris is Burning (1990), film [selected clips; in class]
  • Diaz, Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007), Part II

T Sep 15 – UNIT I EXAM

Unit II: Classical Period to Eighteenth Century

Th Sep 17 – Keywords: classical, medieval, public / Santesso

  • excerpts from Gilgamesh and Beowulf  [T-Square]

T  Sep 22 – Keywords: Renaissance, interaction / Santesso

  • William Shakespeare, Othello (1603) Acts 1-3.

Th Sep 24 – Keywords: character,  liberalism / Santesso

  • Shakespeare, Othello, Acts 4-5

T Sep 29 – Keyword: narrative / Santesso

  • Jonathan Swift, A Modest Proposal (1729); excerpts from Daniel Defoe and Henry Fielding [T-Square]

Th Oct 1 – UNIT II EXAM

Unit III: Eighteenth Century to 1865

T Oct 6 – Keywords: sensation, experience / Klein

  • Mary Rowlandson, Narrative (1682) [T-Square]

Th  Oct 8 – Keywords: reason, body / Klein

  • excerpts from Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography (1791) [T-Square]

T  Oct 13 – FALL RECESS (no class meeting)

Th Oct 15 – Keyword: archive / Klein

  • Phillis Wheatley, selected poems (ca. 1790s) [T-Square]
  • James Hemings, selected documents (ca. 1790s) [T-Square]

T  Oct 20 – Keyword: materiality / Klein

  • Emily Dickinson, selected poems (ca. 1850s) [T-Square]
  • Walt Whitman, selected poems (ca. 1850s) [T-Square]

Th Oct 22 – UNIT III EXAM

Unit IV: 1865 to Present

T Oct 27 – Keywords: science, embodiment / Farooq

  • Charles Darwin, Voyage of the Beagle (1839), Ch 10: “Tierra del Fuego
  • H.G. Wells, The Island of Doctor of Moreau

Th Oct 29 – Keyword: diaspora / Farooq

  • Jacob Riis, How the Other Half Lives (1890), Chs 1-3 [bartleby.com/208/]
  • Theodore Roosevelt, “True Americanism” (1894)
  • M. NourbeSe Philip, Zong! (poems and podcast, in class)

T Nov 3 – Keywords: migration, space, temporality / Farooq

  • Octavia Butler, Kindred (1979) [Read at least through p. 107]

Th Nov 5 – Keyword: networks / Farooq

T Nov 10 – UNIT IV EXAM

Unit V: The Contemporary / Course Wrap-Up

Th Nov 12 – Keyword: surveillance / Santesso

  • Herman Melville, Benito Cereno (1855)

T Nov17 – Keyword: platform / Klein

  • Braid (2008), video game

Th Nov 19 – Keyword; futurity, extinction / Farooq, Klein, Santesso

  • George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), film
  • Elizabeth Grosz, Time Travels: Feminism, Nature, Power (2005), selections [T-Square]

T  Nov 24 – NO CLASS MEETING

Nov 25-30 – Thanksgiving Recess

T Dec 1 – Paper conferences (Individual meetings)

Th  Dec 3 – Paper conferences (Individual meetings)

T  Dec 8 – FINAL PAPERS DUE by 2pm in Skiles 335b

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