MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS

DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH AND LANGUAGE ARTS

SYLLABUS

Course No. and Title:  ENGL551: Modern Literary Criticism
Term: Spring 2010
Instructor’s Name: L. Adam Mekler, Ph. D.
Office: Holmes Hall 228
Phone: 443.885.4032
E-mail:  adam.mekler@morgan.edu
Classroom: Holmes Hall 109
Office Hours: MW 2-3, T 10-1, R 10-11, and by appointment
Class Home page: http://l-adam-mekler.com/551links.htm

Course Description:

This course will investigate the major schools of modern literary criticism, incorporating consideration of their development within an historical context. The course will also include the application of these theories to specific literary texts.

Course Objectives:
In English 551, students will be expected to

Student Learning Outcomes:
After completion of English 551, students should be able to Course Requirements and Student Evaluation: Grading Scale:
 

Weekly Response Papers: 10 %

Critical Response Paper 10 %

Oral Presentation: 20 %

Class Participation:  20 %

Critical Research Paper: 20 %

Final Examination 20 %

Required Texts:

Reading List (subject to subtle revision):
Jan 28 Course Introduction
Feb 4 Formalisms: Russian Formalism and New Criticism
(lt): 3-49

11 Structuralism, Linguistics, Narratology
(lt): 53-71, 76-96
(am): 27-75 (odd pages only)
(am): 79-96

18 Rhetoric, Phenomenology, Reader Response
(lt): 127-61, 217-21, 237-53
(am): 97-130
Deadline to Select Topic for Brief Oral Presentation

25 Post-structuralism, Deconstruction, Post-modernism
(lt): 257-61, 266-72, 300-39, 348-64
(am): 261-314
Mar 4 Psychoanalysis and Psychology
(lt): 389-437, 441-86
(f): 19-189
(f): 262-95

11 Historicisms
(lt): 505-7, 533-83, 592-620
(am): 168-219
Randel, "Political Geography of Horror" 

18 Political Criticism: Marxism to Cultural Materialism
(lt): 643-49, 659-85, 693-702
(am): 131-67
(f): 384-95
Critical Response Paper Due

25 ** Spring Break **
Apr 1 Feminism[s]
(lt): 765-69, 795-98, 812-60
(f): 296-333
Goodwin, "Domesticity and Uncanny Kitsch" 
Deadline for Research Paper Proposals

8 Gender Studies
(lt): 885-921, 935-56
(f): 334-67
(Carlson, "Gender" in CC to STC)

15 Critical Race Theory
(lt): 959-1030
Malchow, "Frankenstein's Monster and Images of Race" 

22 Colonial, Post-Colonial, and Transnational Studies
(lt): 1071-74, 1100-50, 1224-29
Piper, "Inuit Diasporas: Frankenstein and the Inuit in England" 

29 Cultural Studies
(lt): 1233-46, 1258-73, 1285-1309
(f): 396-431
May 6 Final Examination

13 Final Research Paper Due

Selected Bibliography: