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SPRING 2014 | ENGLISH 220 (SECTIONS 3 THRU 10) MAIN LECTURE, MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY @ 11AM in PETERSON GYM (PG) 153
ur utterly experimental and improvisational Spring 2014 section of "Introduction to Literature" (Engl 220.3—schedule # 21066) will be a veritable wonderland filled with bizarre, alluring fictional bodies. From the remarkable and haunting paintings of Rene Magritte to the irreverent and haunting hallucinations of Franz Kafka, from the dark, sensual nightmare of a 21st century Siggy Freud in the mad prose of Lidia Yuknavitch, to the (slightly demented) exotic borderlands in the writings of yours truly, our catalogue of textual and screened delights has enough controversy, outrage, and mystery to keep us busy for a lifetime. But as we have only 15 weeks to introduce ourselves to the range of artifacts that pass as literature at the dawn of the 21st Century, things will zip along at an amphetamine-laced pace!
no mistake about it: this is NOT a survey of long,
literature--we will be as
obsessed with film, photography, and the internet,
as we will the trappings of traditional
literature. More an
introduction to Cultural Studies than a
long-in-the-tooth worship festival of
the old classics (sorry Shakespeare, get-out
th'way Milton, adios Edmund Spenser), our
multi-media exercise in fictional
fetishism will try to set itself apart with
vivacious books, paintings, and
film filled with tortured, naked, broken
We will be eccentric—ex-centric, outside the circle—as we explore the world of alternative subjectivities, "televisual" constructions (think Facebook) where individuals make and remake themselves on a daily basis. The robotic electric will drive our curious thirst as we try to understand why our species creates versions of itself that it then re-markets (to itself) in various media: books, film, photography, the web, etc. It turns out that the seductive fantasies, grotesque nightmares, and alluring hallucinations that our creative writers, directors, photographers, artists, philosophers make—shamans of fiction, all—form a key part of what we call our psyche: the psychology or soul that passes for the person you tell people you are. Various folks will help us on our way: Franz Kafka, that dark closeted hallucinator whose bizarre imagination rewrites the course of 20th century literature; Robert Crumb the graphic artist and novelist, whose version of Kafka reveals the nightmare world of a literary superstar with cunning new insight and vicious wit; there are others, as the final lineup still in flux. One last thing! I promise this class will do more for knowledge of reading, writing, and literature than this one!
nota bene: though this is an English 220 class, upper-division folks and graduate students who are crazy about literature, film, and visual culture can take the class as a Engl 499 Special Study course or an English or MALAS (Master of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences) 798 Special Study. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!
metamorphosis, kafka (norton critical edition)
kafka, crumb and mairowitz (fantagraphics, norton distributor)
stepford wives, levin
do androids dream of electric sheep, dick
murakami, KAFKA ON THE SHORE
dickens, hard times...
gilman's yellow wallpaper