Mondays & Wednesdays – 4:15-5:30 PM
Room: Hall 633 SGW
Professor: Michael Nardone
Office Hours: Mondays, 2-3:30 PM. Room: LB 663.
Class Site: The Novel, ENGL 241.
Email: mdn [at] soundobject [dot] net
Please note that I will only be able to respond to emails on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Please write “ENGL 241” in email subject.
This course is an introduction to the varieties of novelistic forms and their contexts in contemporary North American anglophone literature. It familiarizes students with critical approaches to the novel and the history of the novel as a literary genre, with an emphasis on literary production and publication in contemporary cultural milieus.
First Three Responses – 30% – Due 25 October, in class.
Final Project – 50% – Due 12 December, by 5 PM, in English Department mailbox.
Participation – 20% – Throughout the semester.
1. I Hate the Internet, by Jarett Kobek
2. Kindred, by Octavia Butler
3. Double Teenage, by Joni Murphy
All three of these novels are available at Librarie Drawn & Quarterly at a 10% discount! All you have to do is tell a staff member that you are a student in this class. If you can, buy the three books there, and support a great bookstore. Otherwise, the books are available at regular price at the Concordia Bookstore.
In addition to these books, we will read two out-of-print books:
1. The Stone Face, by William Gardner Smith
2. Looking for Livingstone: An Odyssey of Silence, by M. NourbeSe Philip
I have worked out electronic access for these novels, which I will circulate when we read them. For the second book, Looking for Livingstone, we will work collectively with the novel manuscript in order to prepare a new version of the book that we will publish as part of this course.
Based on our readings, media, class activities, and discussions, during each two week unit I will post a set of questions on the class site. During each two-week unit, you will respond to these questions with a 1000 word response. The first group of Three Responses is due in class on the Thursday, the 25th of October.
With your second group of Three Responses, you will re-submit two edited responses from the first set. You will preface this collection of responses with a 500-word introduction. All final projects must be printed and deposited in my English department mailbox by Tuesday, 12 December, by 5 PM.
Your participation grade is based on your attendance in class, your involvement in discussions, and your thoughtful engagement with and respect for your fellow students.
Please note that late submissions will automatically be marked down an entire grade. Work submitted more than one wee after the due date will automatically be marked an F for that assignment
6 September – Introduction and Course Overview
11 September – I Hate the Internet
Read Chapters One to Eleven – pages 1-85.
13 September – I Hate the Internet
Read Chapters Twelve to Twenty – pages 86-166.
18 September – I Hate the Internet
Read Chapters Twenty-One to End – pages 167-280.
20 September – I Hate the Internet
Prepare Response #1 for in-class discussion and workshop.
25 September – Kindred
Read “Prologue,” “The River,” “The Fire,” and “The Fall” – pages 9-107.
27 September – Kindred
Read “The Fight” – pages 107-188.
2 October – Kindred
Read “The Storm,” “The Rope” and “Epilogue” – pages 189-264.
4 October – Kindred
Prepare Response #2 for in-class discussion and workshop.
9 October – No Class
11 October – Style and Form
Read “On Style” by Susan Sontag. HTML.
16 October – Fiction / Faction
Read excerpts from Criticism and Truth, by Roland Barthes. PDF.
18 October – Literary Production, Paratext, Genre
Read excerpts from Criticism and Ideology, by Terry Eagleton. PDF.
Read excerpts from Paratexts, by Gerard Genette. PDF.
23 October – Poetics and Criticism
Prepare Response #3 for in-class discussion and workshop.
25 October – First Three Responses Due.
Print and submit your first three responses in class.
30 October – The Stone Face
Read Part One, pages 1-63.
1 November – The Stone Face
Read Part Two, pages 65-157.
6 November – The Stone Face
Read Part Three, pages 159-213.
8 November – The Stone Face
Prepare Response #4 for in-class discussion and workshop.
13 November – Looking for Livingstone
Read pages 1-43.
15 November – Looking for Livingstone
Read pages 44-79.
20 November – Looking for Livingstone
In this class we will prepare our edition of the book for publication. Your assignment will be dependent upon the task of your specific editorial working group.
22 November – Looking for Livingstone
Prepare Response #5 for in-class discussion and workshop.
27 November – Double Teenage
Read Part One, pages 1-70.
29 November – Double Teenage
Read Part Two and Three, pages 73-150.
4 December – Double Teenage
Read Part Four, pages 153-197.
5 December – Double Teenage
Prepare Response #6 for in-class discussion and workshop.
12 December – Final Project
Final Project is due on Tuesday, 12 December, by 5 PM.
Please deposit printed copy in my English department mailbox.