ENGL 5300

Tim Morris

Theory & Practice Fall 2004

6-9 PM Wed 100 Preston Hall

office hours: 206 Carlisle Hall 11am-1pm Tues/Thurs, 1-3pm Wed, and by appointment


office phone: 817.272.2739

office mailbox 203 Carlisle Hall

mailing address Box 19035, UTA 76019

to the schedule of readings and assignments

prerequisites: good standing in MA or PhD program

required texts: Rivkin & Ryan, Literary Theory, 2nd edn., Blackwell 2004; Modiano, Searle, and Shillingsburg, Voice, Text, Hypertext: Emerging Practices in Textual Studies (U of Washington Press 2004); Ch'ien, Weird English (Harvard U Press 2004).

syllabus: This syllabus may be updated as the semester goes on. I may post updated versions that indicate readings, discussion plans, and reference materials. However, every component of your grade is shown here at the beginning. Please refer to the date and time of printing (at the bottom of each page) to see when the version you are holding was printed. For continuous updates look on line at http://www.uta.edu/english/tim/courses/5300f04/5300index.html

I don't want theory. I just want facts. (former student in 5300)

course description: This course introduces beginning graduate students to how knowledge is produced in the discipline of English.

course objectives: Students who successfully complete this course will have some exposure to the institutional and intellectual systems that produce and constitute knowledge in English departments. They will have read some key texts in the theory that informs contemporary scholarship in English, and considered how that theory might inform their own scholarly writing.

I don't have to practice! I'm real good! (Ed Norton)

assignments: Thirteen short papers.

grading: The grading system is a little odd, but far from arbitrary, so read (listen) carefully. Short assignments take two kinds: seven ranked and six unranked.

academic dishonesty policy: It is the philosophy of The University of Texas at Arlington that academic dishonesty is a completely unacceptable mode of conduct and will not be tolerated in any form. All persons involved in academic dishonesty will be disciplined in accordance with University regulations and procedures. Discipline may include suspension or expulsion from the University. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." [Regents' Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter Vi, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22]

disability policy: The University of Texas at Arlington is on record as being committed to both the spirit and letter of federal equal opportunity legislation; reference Public Law 93112--The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. With the passage of new federal legislation entitled Americans with Disabilities Act - (ADA), pursuant to section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, there is renewed focus on providing this population with the same opportunities enjoyed by all citizens. As a faculty member, I am required by law to provide "reasonable accommodation" to students with disabilities, so as not to discriminate on the basis of that disability. Student responsibility primarily rests with informing faculty at the beginning of the semester and in providing authorized documentation through designated administrative channels.

student success: The University of Texas at Arlington supports a variety of student success programs to help you connect with the University and achieve academic success. They include learning assistance, developmental education, advising and mentoring, admission and transition, and federally funded programs. Students requiring assistance academically, personally, or socially should contact the Office of Student Success Programs at 817-272-6107 for more information and appropriate referrals.

library: Noel Anderson is the Librarian for the English Department. He can be reached at 817 272 3000, ext. 7428, and by email at noel@uta.edu You will find online databases for English among the Arts & Humanities databases at http://www2.uta.edu/library/subjguides/dbEnglish.asp

schedule of assignments and readings:

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is. (Yogi Berra)

Note: All readings are from Rivkin & Ryan except Weird English and starred* readings. Starred* readings are from Modiano et al. Weekly assignments that are unranked are in lower case, RANKED ASSIGNMENTS ARE IN UPPER CASE.

three supplementary readings -- Jaffee*, Eggert*, and Lanham --are as yet unscheduled but will coincide with visits by new junior faculty in our department.

25 Aug: introductions, syllabus, choice of focus. (Note: the "focus" for this course will be a variable one. Choose a field, author, and text that have some body of English-department scholarship written about them. (Make sure the author is in that field and the text is by that author.) Your choice of focus will generate material for many of the short assignments.

1 Sept: Foucault, "The Archeology of Knowledge"
Assignment: virtual tour of English departments

8 Sept: Fish, "Interpretive Communities"
Assignment: virtual tour of book reviews

15 Sept: book review seminar
Assignment: BOOK REVIEW (also given a diagnostic grade). Choose a recent (since 2000) scholarly book in your focus area. Write a review of it. We'll share reviews at this class meeting to get a sense of current scholarship: its concerns, its conventions.

22 Sept: Bourdieu, "Distinction"; Deleuze/Guattari
Assignment: virtual tour, scholarly journals

29 Sept: Bakhtin "Discourse in the Novel"; Shklovsky, Saussure

6 Oct: Horkheimer/Adorno, de Certeau, Austin
Assignment: virtual tour, dissertation abstracts

13 Oct: Derrida, "Semiology and Grammatology"; B Johnson, Lyotard
Assignment: SHORT PAPER 1

20 Oct: Searle*, HJ Jackson*, Shillingsburg*
Assignment: virtual tour, scholarly editions

27 Oct: McGann*, Werner*, McLeod (first twenty pages or so of McLeod only)*

3 Nov: Freud, "Interpretation of Dreams"; Lacan, "Instance of the Letter"; Irigaray, "Power of Discourse"
Assignment: SHORT PAPER 2

10 Nov: Gates, Baudrillard, Zizek
Assignment: virtual tour: web work

17 Nov: Macherey, Anzaldua, Ngugi
Assignment: SHORT PAPER 3

24 Nov: no class meeting

1 Dec: Bhaba; Ch'ien, Weird English
Assignment: SHORT PAPER 4

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