The Text is not a co-existence of meanings, but a passage
an overcrossing: it answers not to an interpretation, even
to a liberal one, but to an explosion, a dissemination . . . .
Roland Barthes, "From Work to Text" (1971)


Sept. 5


Sept. 7

Kermode, "Hoti's Business: Why are Narratives Obscure?" in The Genesis of Secrecy (packet)

Sept. 12

Richardson, Pamela, Preface, and pp. 43-208

Sept. 14

Pamela, pp. 208-365

Sept. 19

Pamela, pp. 365-516

Sept. 21

Finish Pamela; Armstrong, "The Rise of Female Authority in the Novel" in Desire and Domestic Fiction (packet)

Sept. 26

Austen, Sense and Sensibility, Vol. I

Sept. 28

Sense and Sensibility, Vol. II

Oct. 3

Sense and Sensibility, Vol. III

Oct. 5

Said, from Culture and Imperialism (packet)

Oct. 9

First essay due by 5:00 pm

Oct. 10

Shelley, Frankenstein, Vol. I

Oct. 12

Frankenstein, Vol. I (cont'd); Gilbert & Gubar, "Horror's Twin: Mary Shelley's Monstrous Eve" in Critical Essays on Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (packet)

Oct. 13-23


Oct. 24

Frankenstein, Vol. II

Oct. 26

Frankenstein, Vol. III

Oct. 31

Finish Frankenstein; Brooks, "Godlike Science/Unhallowed Arts; Language, Nature and Monstrosity" in The Endurance of Frankenstein (packet)

Nov. 2

James, The Ambassadors, Preface, Books First-Third

Nov. 9

The Ambassadors, Books Fourth-Fifth

Nov. 14

The Ambassadors, Books Sixth-Eighth

Nov. 16

The Ambassadors, Books Ninth-Twelfth

Nov. 19

Second essay due by 5:00 pm

Nov. 21

Finish The Ambassadors; Dollimore, from Sexual Dissidence (handout)

Nov. 23-27


Nov. 28

Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

Nov. 30

Mrs. Dalloway

Dec. 5

Mrs. Dalloway

Dec. 7

Finish Mrs. Dalloway; Abel, "Narrative Structure(s) and Female Development " in The Voyage In (packet)


Cunningham, The Hours

Dec. 14

The Hours

Dec. 22

Final Exam due by 12:00 NOON

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