English R1B

Reading & Composition: The Art of Stasis

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
13 Spring 2008 Sumner, Charles
TTh 8-9:30 225 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

W. Shakespeare, Hamlet; H. Melville, Bartleby �Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street�; E. M. Forster, Howard�s End; E. Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises; K. Ishiguro, Remains of the Day; Course Reader: poetry by T.S. Eliot, Pound, Stevens, and Sassoon, and short stories by Tolstoy, Henry James, Hemingway, Checkhov, and Joyce.


"This class will focus on literary texts which use various representational strategies to depict scenes of personal and social stasis. With each text, we will return to a central question: How does this author represent stasis? We will also often ask related questions: What are the consequences for the notion of development in the play, poem, novel, story, etc? Does this particular piece of literature resolve any of the problems it raises? If not, how does the author craft the work so that we still derive a sense of satisfaction from it? We will begin with Hamlet and end with The Sun Also Rises.

This class requires a minimum of 32 pages of essay writing, including drafts. One of these essays will be a long research paper, due at the end of the semester."

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