Course Schedule

All readings should be completed before class on the date they appear on the syllabus (this means you should have read pages 3-94 of Pride and Prejudice before class on Wednesday, 1/11). Unless otherwise noted, all assignments should be submitted to the appropriate folder on Sakai before class time on the date that they are due.

Date Readings and Assignments
Unit I
M 1/9 Introductions
W 1/11 Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, 3-94
They Say/I Say, 163-166
Introductory reflection due
F 1/13 They Say/I Say, 184-201
Digging into Literature, “What Is Literary Analysis?” (Course Reader)
Introductory blog post due
M 1/16 No class
Close reading due
W 1/18 Austen, 94-209
They Say/I Say, 42-52
F 1/2 Austen,209-266
They Say/I Say, 30-41
M 1/23 Peer review
W 1/25 They Say/I Say, 92-120
F 1/27 Writing About Movies, 3-34
Paper I due
Unit II
Sun 1/29 Film screening: It Happened One Night
7 PM in Payne 201
If you are unable to attend the screening, you are responsible for viewing the film on your own before class on Monday, 1/30
M 1/30 It Happened One Night
W 2/1 It Happened One Night
Writing About Movies, 35-54
F 2/3 Tamar Jeffers McDonald, ”Romantic Comedy and Genre” and “Screwball Comedies” (Course Reader)
Sun 2/5 Film screening: The Philadelphia Story
7 PM in Payne 201
If you are unable to attend the screening, you are responsible for viewing the film on your own before class on Monday, 2/6
M 2/6 The Philadelphia Story
They Say/I Say, 139-160
W 2/8 The Philadelphia Story
Writing About Movies, 103-123
F 2/10 Leger Grindron, “Thinking Seriously About Laughter and Romance” (Course Reader)
Paper I revision due
M 2/13 Peer review
W 2/15 Writing About Movies, 137-166
F 2/17 David Shumway, "Constructing Romance, Mystifying Marriage"
Mid-semester reflection due
Paper II due
Unit III
M 2/27 Gish Jen, Mona in the Promised Land, 1-165
W 3/1 Jen, 166-215
F 3/3 Jen, 216-304
Paper II revision due
M 3/6 Little Seagull Handbook, 80-108
Class meets in Leyburn Library
W 3/8 They Say/I Say, 19-29 and 173-183
Digging Into Literature, "Context" (Course Reader)
F 3/10 Cris Mazza, “Who’s Laughing Now?” (Course Reader)
Stephanie Harzewski, “Tradition and Displacement in the New Novel of Manners” (Course Reader)
M 3/13 Peer review
W 3/15 Everything’s an Argument, “Visual and Multimedia Arguments” (Course Reader)
Little Seagull Handbook, 30-36
Frank Chimero, “What Screens Want: Some Thoughts on Digital Canvases”
Luke Wroblewski, “Visible Narratives: Understanding Visual Organization”
F 3/17 Class does not meet
Paper III due
Unit IV
M 3/20 Bridesmaids
Writing About Movies, 55-100
W 3/22 Group 1 selects readings and leads discussion
Design analysis due
F 3/24 Group 2 selects readings and leads discussion
Last day to turn in revised work for comments
M 3/27 Trainwreck
They Say/I Say, 55-91
W 3/29 Group 3 selects readings and leads discussion
F 3/31 Group 4 selects readings and leads discussion
Paper III revision due
M 4/3 Peer review
W 4/5 Group 5 selects readings and leads discussion
Final reflection due
F 4/7 Paper IV due
Last day to turn in revised work for a grade
F 4/14 Paper IV revision due