Readings, Films and other Materials Required for the Course:


The following books are all available at the Penn Book Center (34th and Sansom). It is important that you buy these specific editions:

Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice Pelican
Conrad, Heart of Darkness, Norton
Okada, No-No Boy, U. of Washington
Hwang, M. Butterfly, Viking
*I recommend that you also purchase either a composition book or a writing journal.

There is also a coursepack, which you can purchase at the Towne Building copy center

I will set up a screening time for us to view the following films (all are also on reserve at the Rosengarten Reserve Desk in Van Pelt Library):
M. Butterfly (Cronenberg 1993)

Week 1 Introduction to Critical Writing

May 18: Introductions

May 19

Reading/Preparation

Assignments Due

Other Activities

Lamott on “Shitty First Drafts”   

 

Pop Culture Review Essay

Workshop on Style and Voice

May 20

Reading/Preparation

Assignments Due

Other Activities

Morrison, "Recitatif"    

 

TBA

Debate


Week 2 Reading As a Critic

May 24

Reading/Preparation

Assignments Due

Other Activities

Merchant of Venice, Act I


Description of Sculpture

Close Reading—Frye on Criticism

May 25

Reading/Preparation

Assignments Due

Other Activities

Merchant Acts II and III



May 26

Reading/Preparation

Assignments Due

Other Activities

Merchant Act IV

OED Exercise    


May 27

Reading/Preparation

Assignments Due

Other Activities

Merchant, Act V

Short Essay on Merchant

Workshop on Essay


Close Reading Assignment Due Friday by 12 Noon