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Survey Draft

Page history last edited by Brian Croxall 10 years, 11 months ago


Jan. 7 Th             Introductions, Syllabus


Jan. 12 Th         Frederick Jackson Turner, from “The Significance of the Frontier in American History” (Norton C: 1148-53)

                        Walt Whitman, “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” (Norton C: 21-25)

                           Emily Dickinson, 225 [I’m ‘wife’ – I’ve finished that], 236 [Some keep the Sabbath going to Church – ] (Norton C: 74-81 passim)






Jan. 14 Th         Mark Twain, from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Chapters 1-2, 14-15 (Norton C: 100-114, 154-160)

Joel Chandler Harris, “The Wonderful Tar-Baby Story” and “How Mr. Rabbit Was Too Sharp for Mr. Fox” (Norton C: 512-516)

Charles Chesnutt, “The Goophered Grapevine” (Norton C: 688-696)


Jan. 19 T            Sarah Orne Jewett, “A White Heron” (Norton C: 522-528)

Kate Chopin, “The Storm” (Norton C: 531-534), “Desiree’s Baby” (in Passing: 213-218)



Jan. 20 W             Last day to drop classes




Jan. 21 Th         Henry James, “Daisy Miller,” (Norton C: 391-429), from “The Art of Fiction” (Norton C: 918-920)




Jan. 26 T            Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper” (Norton C: 808-819)

Edith Wharton, “The Other Two” (Norton C: 830-843)






Jan. 28 Th            Stephen Crane, “The Open Boat” (Norton C: 1000-1016)

Frank Norris, “A Plea for Romantic Fiction” (Norton C: 923-926)


Feb. 2 T            Frank Norris, “Fantaisie Printanière” (Norton C: 931-938)

                        Theodore Dreiser, from Sister Carrie (Norton C: 938-954)



Modernism(s): Poetry



Feb. 4 Th         Wallace Stevens, “The Snow Man,” “The Emperor of Ice Cream,” “Anecdote of the Jar,” “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” (Norton D: 1439-1456 passim)

Carl Sandburg, all poems (Norton D: 1436-1439)

Mina Loy, “Parturition,” “Brancusii’s Golden Bird,” Lunar Baedeker” (Norton D: 1456-1462)

Feb. 13 F          William Carlos Williams, “The Young Housewife,” “Portrait of a Lady,” “Queen Anne’s Lace,” “The Red Wheelbarrow,” “The Dead Baby,” “This Is Just To Say” (Norton D: 1462-1477 passim)

                           E. E. Cummings, “in Just–,” “O sweet spontaneous,” “Buffalo Bill’s,” “‘next to of course god america i’” (Norton D: 1807-1816 passim)


Feb. 9 T         Ezra Pound, “A Pact,” “In a Station of the Metro,” from The Cantos I (Norton D: 1477-1494 passim); from “A Retrospect” (Norton D: 1505-1507)

Frost, “The Pasture,” “Mending Wall,” “The Death of the Hired Man,” “After Apple-Picking,” “The Wood-Pile,” “The Road Not Taken,” “Birches,” “Fire and Ice,” “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” (Norton D: 1388-1403 passim)



Modernism(s): The Harlem Renaissance



Feb. 11 Th            WEB DuBois, from The Souls of Black Folk (Norton C: 894-901)

Paul Laurence Dunbar, “When Malindy Sings,” “An Ante-Bellum Sermon,” “We Wear the Mask,” “Sympathy,” “Harriet Beecher Stowe” (Norton C: 1039-1044)


Feb. 16 T            Nella Larsen, Passing, Part One (1-34)



Feb. 18 Th         Nella Larsen, Passing, Parts Two and Three (35-82)


Feb. 23 T         Langston Hughes, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” “Mother to Son,” “I, Too,” “The Weary Blues,” Mulatto,” “Song for a Dark Girl,” “Visitors to the Black Belt,” “Note on Commercial Theatre,” “Words Like Freedom,” “Madam and Her Madam,” “Madam’s Calling Cards,” “Silhouette,” “Theme for English B” (Norton D: 2026-2037 passim); from “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain” (Norton D: 1512-1513)

                           Claude McKay, “The Harlem Dancer,” “Harlem Shadows,” “The Lynching,” “If We Must Die,” “America,” “Outcast” (Norton D: 1686-1689)

Countee Cullen, “Yet Do I Marvel,” “Incident,” “Heritage,” “From the Dark Tower” (Norton D: 2060-2065)



Feb. 25 Th             Midterm Exam




Modernism(s): Fiction and Drama



Mar. 2 T            Ernest Hemingway, “Big Two-Hearted River, Part I,” “Big Two-Hearted River, Part II,” “Now I Lay Me,” “Indian Camp” (on wiki)



Mar. 4 Th            F. Scott Fitzgerald, “Winter Dreams” (Norton D: 1822-1839)


Mar. 9 T            Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman, Act 1 (Norton E: 2325-2357)



Mar. 11 Th            Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman, Act 2 and Requiem (Norton E: 2357-2392)


Mar. 15 – 19             Spring Break




Kitchenettes, Confessionals, and Beats: Mid-Century Poetry



Mar. 16 M         Gwendolyn Brooks, “kitchenette building,” “the mother,” “a song in the front yard,” “The White Troops Had Their Orders But the Negroes Looked Like Men,” “We Real Cool,” “The Blackstone Rangers” (Norton E: 2409-2420 passim)

Theodore Roethke, “Weed Puller,” “Frau Bauman, Frau Schmidt, and Frau Schwartze,” “My Papa’s Waltz,” “Dolor,” “The Waking,” “I Knew a Woman” (Norton E: 2133-2146 passim)



Mar. 18 W         Allen Ginsberg, “Howl,” “Footnote to Howl,” “A Supermarket in California” (Norton E: 2574-2584)

Sylvia Plath, “Morning Song,” “Lady Lazarus,” “Daddy,” “Words,” “Child” (Norton E: 2698-2711 passim)

Robert Lowell, “Memories of West Street and Lepke” (Norton E: 2392-2409 passim)


Postmodern Pastiche



Mar. 23 T            Donald Barthelme, “The Balloon” (Norton E: 2679-2683)

Hunter S. Thompson, from “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” (Norton E: 2492-2493)

Ishmael Reed, “Neo-HooDoo Manifesto” (Norton E: 2844-2848)



Mar. 25 Th          Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49, chapters 1-2


Mar. 30 T            Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49, chapters 3-4



Apr. 1 Th            Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49, chapters 5-6


Postmodern Multiculturalisms



Apr. 6 T            Philip Roth, “Defender of the Faith” (Norton E: 2720-2743)



Apr. 8 Th            Sandra Cisneros, “Woman Hollering Creek” (Norton E: 3163-3171)

Gloria Anzaldúa, from Borderlands/La Frontera (Norton E: 2935-2941 [second break], 2947-2955)


Apr. 13 T            Alice Walker, “Everyday Use” (Norton E: 3009-3016)

            Toni Morrison, “Recitatif” (Norton E: 2684-2698)


Apr. 15 Th            Jhumpa Lahiri, “Sexy” (Norton E: 3248-3264)

Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, “Dakota,” “Operation Nukorea,” “Traveling to Utopia”


Apr. 20 T         Sherman Alexie, all poems and “Do Not Go Gentle” (Norton E: 3239-3248), “Because My Father Always Said He Was the Only Indian Who Saw Jimi Hendrix Play ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ at Woodstock” (on wiki)

                           Joy Harjo, all poems (Norton E: 3127-3134)



Apr. 22 Th            Richard Powers, “Modulation” (on wiki)

Closing Thoughts and Course Conclusions

Comments (1)

Brian Croxall said

at 2:11 pm on Jan 5, 2010

Things that are in yellow are still undecided as to whether they will appear on the syllabus or not at the moment. The big chunk of yellow (Williams and Cummings) in the middle are still looking for a day on which to appear.

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