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Syllabus

October 2: Introduction to the course

Reading

October 4: Manuscripts and metafictions
Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves (Introduction and Chapters I-IV, pp. xi-40; look at exhibits and appendices)

October 9: Reading and detection
Danielewski, House of Leaves (Chapters V-VIII, pp. 41-106)

October 11: Textuality and authorship
Danielewski, House of Leaves (Chapters IX-X and XX, pp. 107-245, 423-489)

October 16: Copying and the author function
Jorge Luis Borges, “Pierre Menard, Author of Don Quixote”; Jonathan Lethem, “The Ecstasy of Influence

October 18: Semiotics
Selections from Roland Barthes, Mythologies (“The World of Wrestling”; “The Romans in Films”; “Dominici, or the Triumph of Literature”; “Ornamental Cookery”; “Photography and Electoral Appeal”)

October 23: Barthes, semiotics, symptomatic reading (continued)

Literary forms

October 25: Poetry & poetic form
Ben Lerner, The Hatred of Poetry (excerpts); William Shakespeare, Sonnet 130; Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Ozymandias”; Emily Dickinson, “I dwell in Possibility”; Linton Kwesi Johnson, “Five Nights of Bleeding”; Pentametron (browse)

October 30: Consciousness, interiority, tone
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway (pp. 3-29); Jamaica Kincaid, “Girl

November 1: Literature & society
Manjula Padmanabhan, Harvest

November 6: Character
Herman Melville, “Bartleby, the Scrivener” [in-class writing assignment]

November 8: Speculative & weird fiction
HP Lovecraft, “Temple”; Arundhati Roy, “The Briefing”; China Miéville, “Polynia

November 13: Graphic narrative
Alison Bechdel, Are You My Mother? (excerpt); Guy Delisle, Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea (excerpt); Joe Sacco, “Trauma on Loan”; Chris Ware, Building Stories (excerpt)

Institutions: past, present, future

November 15: Schooling & the humanities
Charles Dickens, Hard Times (Book I)

November 20: Dickens, Hard Times (Book II)

November 22: no class (university closed)

November 27: Dickens, Hard Times (Book III); Mohsin Hamid, “Living in the Age of Permawar

November 29: New methodologies: text analysis, distant reading, digital bibliography
Franco Moretti, Graphs, Maps, and Trees (Chapter 1); Geoffrey Rockwell, “What is Text Analysis?

December 4: Attention & distraction
David Mitchell, “The Right Sort”; Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, “Rain on the Sea”; Donna Leishman, RedRidinghood; Jason Nelson, “Nothing You Have Done Deserves Such Praise”; Noah Wardrip-Fruin et al, Screen
–!> Video documentation: Amaranth Borsuk and Brad Bouse, Between Page and Screen

December 6: Writing for the future
Future Library & Margaret Atwood, “Future Library

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