English 203

Graduate Readings: Allegorical Moments: Public, Private, and the Writing of Everyday Life

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2018 Hejinian, Lyn
MW 10:30-12 305 Wheeler Literary Theory
Graduate Courses

Book List

Benjamin, Walter: The Arcades Project; Brainard, Joe: I Remember; Gladman, Renee: Calamities; Goldberg, Ariel: The Photographer; Greenstreet, Kate: The End of Something; Lefebvre, Henri: Everyday Life in the Modern World; Mayer, Bernadette: Midwinter Day; Scalapino, Leslie: New Time; Sherman, Stuart: Telling Time: Clocks, Diaries, and English Diurnal Form 1660-1785; Victor, Divya: Things to Do with Your Mouth; de Certeau, Michel: The Practice of Everyday Life vol 1

Other Readings and Media

A course reader, available from Copy Central on Bancroft


This seminar will undertake a critical reading of, and participation in, some possibilities (or impossibilities) of contemporary realisms and realities, public and private. It will query, from an array of perspectives, problems of process, representation, historical awareness, resistance, spectatorship, etc., with reference to a range of theoretical works read in parallel with the some recent (and largely “experimental”) literary texts. In addition to keeping up with the readings, each student will be required to undertake a daily writing project of his or her own that is capable of querying the conditions and character of dailiness, within the contexts of postmodern subjectivity, global precarity, and the ubiquity of neoliberal capitalism.

This course satisfies the Group 6 (Twentieth Century) requirement.

Other Recent Sections of This Course

Spring, 2019
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
203/1 Graduate Readings: William Faulkner and the Historical Novel Goble, Mark
203/2 Graduate Readings Miller, Jennifer
203/3 Graduate Readings: The Queer and the Oriental Leong, Andrew Way
203/4 Graduate Readings: Renaissance Drama Knapp, Jeffrey
203/5 Graduate Readings: Nineteenth-Century U. S. Historical Poetics Otter, Samuel
Fall, 2018
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
203/4 Graduate Readings: American Genres Serpell, C. Namwali
203/5 Graduate Readings: Prospectus Workshop Abel, Elizabeth
Spring, 2018
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
203/1 Graduate Readings: Radical Enlightenment? Goldstein, Amanda Jo
203/2 Graduate Readings: The Novel in Theory Hale, Dorothy J.
203/3 Graduate Readings: Prospectus and Grant Workshop Thornbury, Emily V.
203/4 Graduate Readings: Digital Humanities for Medieval Studies Nolan, Maura
203/5 Graduate Readings: Contemporary Chicanx/Latinx Novels Gonzalez, Marcial
Fall, 2017
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
203/1 Graduate Readings: Caribbean Literature and Culture Ellis, Nadia
203/2 Graduate Readings: Comparative Colonialisms: Latin America and the U.S. Saldaña, Maria
203/3 Graduate Readings: Materiality Flynn, Catherine
Spring, 2017
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
203/1 Graduate Readings: World Systems Theory and the Asian Anglophone Novel Lye, Colleen
203/2 Graduate Readings: The Political Economy of Life and Death in African American Literature and Culture JanMohamed, Abdul R.

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