Reading Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison: Invisble Man (olvasószeminárium)) in spring 2015
Federmayer Éva, Wed 11:00–12:30, R433, host: DAS (R306)
4-credit seminar, 30 h/term; strong prereq: FLI11-101
description & set texts
1. CANON: Canon formation and women in the literary canon Bloom, Preface and Prelude ; “An Elegy for the Canon” Jane Tompkins, "Sentimental Power: Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Politics of Literary History" Lilian S. Robinson, “Treason Our Text: Feminist Challenges to the Literary Canon,” 2. SEX, POWER, and CULTURE: Pioneering voices (Friedan, Firestone, Millett) Kate Millett, Preface, “Instances of Sexual Politics,” “Theory of Sexual Politics” 3. TEXT and GENDER: Reading as a woman Elaine Showater, Intro: The Rise of Gender Patrocinio P. Schweickart, “Reading Ourselves: Toward a Feminist Theory of Reading” Judith Fetterley “Palpable Designs: An American Dream: ‘Rip Van Winkle’” 4-5. GENDER and TEXT: Writing as a woman Sandra Gilbert-Susan Gubar, “The Queen’s Looking Glass: Female Creativity, Male Images of Women,” and “Infection in the Sentence” Joanna Russ, How to Suppress Women’s Writing 6. ÉCRITURE FEMININE and Changing locations Ann Rosalind Jones, “Writing the Body: Toward an Understanding of L’écriture Feminine.” Interview with Luce Irigaray 7. PSYCHOANALYSIS Patricia Waugh, “Psychoanalysis, Gender, and Fiction: Alternative ’Selves’” Claudia Tate, “Desire and Death: Seducing the Lost Father in Quicksand, by Nella Larsen” 8. POSTMODERNISM AND POSTRUCTURALISM Patricia Waugh, “Stalemates? Feminists, Postmdernists and Unfinished Issues” and “Postmodernism and Feminism: Where Have All the Women Gone? Diane Elam, “Unncecessary Introductions” 9-10. POSTCOLONIAL ISM AND INTERSECTIONALITY Chandra Mohanty, “Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses” Sara Mills, “Gender and Colonial Space” Patricia Hill Collins, “Race, Class, and Gender as Categories of Analysis and Connection” 11. QUEERING Catharine R. Stimpson, “Zero Degree Deviancy. The Lesbian Novel in English” Bonnie Zimmerman, “What Has Never Been: An Overview of Lesbian Feminist Criticism” Judith Butler, “Passing, Queering: Nella Larsen’s Psychoanalytic Challenge” 12. ECOFEMINISM Val Plumwood, “The Ecopolitics Debate and the Politics of Nature” Carolyn Merchant, “Reinventing Eden: Western Culture as a Recovery Narrative” 13. Endterm exam
requirements & assessment
Requirements: 1. active participation, 2. oral presentation, 3. short response papers without notice (please always come prepared for the class with the assigned 40-100 pages all read from the novel), 4. final examination (written) Assessment/Final Grade: 1+2+3=50% + 4=50% Readings: a) Invisible Man is available in the SEAS library as well as in public libraries in town. Make sure you always have your own copy with you in class, otherwise you won’t be able to survive this course. I will help arrange for a scanned copy of the book should that need arise. (However, I will need student help to this end.) b) Additional readings will be made accessible online.