10 - 12
1 - 3
Download week one pre-readings: pdf (these are the Fish & White essays)
Finally, our central text for this week is Beckett's Stories and Texts for Nothing. This book really demands a couple readings. In our discussions, we'll do the closest reading of some of the Texts, while theStories provide a significant structural backdrop. Those of you who have read/studied Beckett already might especially want to contribute your knowledge of his other works to the Wiki.
Assignment: Toward the Zero Point —description.... completed by Saturday evening.
5 - 7
Additional Reading for Thursday: Eagleton's "Afterword" from Intro to Lit Theory.
Seminar (3-5) on Thursday will be focused on the Beckett. You should also have read Eagleton's Afterword from Intro. to Literary Theory.
We'll start seminar separated into our respective sections, then blend them for part of our discussion.
There will be some set of breaks in this 3-7 block, but not a meal-length break.
11 - 4
We'll have a brief seminar on the theory texts (Fish, White, Eagleton) then set to work on the task of expanding our knowledge of the field by wiki-jigsaw, with each student responsible for some immediate research and writing on a chosen topic.
This task will be done before we leave.
Your work time will be my "office hours" --so, I'll be planted somewhere in the library hoping to talk with whomever wants to sit for a minute or wants help with the task.
4 - 6
Bring your Rituals assignment.
Some of our time this evening will likely be on program business, answering questions, setting up next week, etc,
We'll also be trying to get you to know each other more, to think about ways you might form small work groups.