Schedule & Readings

Please note: this schedule is subject to change.

March 5 (Thursday): Introductions & Grading Contracts

March 9 (Monday): Defining Concepts, Close-Reading, & Double-Entry Notebooks

  • Reading due:
  • Bring to class: a notebook you will use/keep all semester, and/or a laptop/tablet you can consistently bring to our Monday meetings

March 12 (Thursday): Language & Dystopia

  • Reading due:
    • Judith Little, “Introduction,” pages 13-29, from Feminist Philosophy and and Science Fiction: Utopias & Dystopias (skim only)
    • Reading due: Octavia E. Butler, “Speech Sounds,” pages 185-198, from Feminist Philosophy and Science Fiction: Utopias & Dystopias [CP]

March 16 (Monday): Apocalypse – Now?

  • Gwendolyn Foster, “Embracing the Apocalypse” and “The End of the Future,” pages 45-69, in Hoarders, Doomsday Preppers, and the Culture of Apocalypse [CP]

March 19 (Thursday): Reading Poetry

  • Reading due: T.S. Eliot, “The Hollow Men;” Lorca, “Dawn;”  Yeats, “The Second Coming” [CP]

March 23 (Monday): Performing Violence

March 26 (Thursday): Responding to Blasted

  • Writing due: upload poetry response to Dropbox as a typed document (you can use the computer lab to upload the response when we meet)
  • Reading due: Graham Saunders, “This Disgusting Feast of Filth: Blasted,” pages 37-70, in “Love Me or Kill Me:” Sarah Kane and the Theatre of Extremes [CP]

March 30 (Monday): Staging Violence

April 2 (Thursday): Portfolio Development/Reflection, Conferences

  • Writing due: Upload responses to Blasted on Dropbox over the weekend (no later than April 6th)

APRIL 3-11: Spring Break (no classes)

April 13 (Monday): World Without Men

  • Reading due: Y: The Last Man, Volumes 1 & 2 [check email for access]

April 16 (Thursday): The Gaze & Reading Comics

  • Reading due: Laura Mulvey, “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema,” pages 231-241 [CP]

April 20 (Monday): The Gaze & Y: The Last Man

  • Writing responses to Y: The Last Man

April 22 (Wednesday, classes follow Monday schedule): Feminism & Y: The Last Man

  • Writing workshop/peer review of Y: The Last Man papers

April 23 (Thursday): No class

  • Class cancelled.

April 27 (Monday): Zombie Apocalypse!

  • Reading due: MR Carey, The Girl With All the Gifts, chapters 1-30

April 30 (Thursday): Zombie Apocalypse!

  • Reading due: The Girl With All the Gifts, chapters 31-49

May 4 (Monday): Zombie Apocalypse!

  • Reading due: Finish Girl With All the Gifts

May 7 (Thursday): Written responses (Zombie Apocalypse!)

May 11 (Monday): Portfolio Development

  • Bring in 2-3 pieces of informal writing, examples of revision, and examples of peer review
  • Bring in Zombie papers for peer review.

May 14 (Thursday): Portfolio Workshop

  • Portfolio review; submit draft of zombie response

May 18 (Monday):   Conferences

  • Deposit TWO of the following three exhibits in your Dropbox folder prior to our meeting on Monday:
    • Idea Development
    • Revision
    • Peer Review
  • Consult the Portfolio page for more information on these exhibits.

May 21 (Thursday): Portfolio Workshop

May 25 (Monday): No class – Memorial Day

May 28 (Thursday): Portfolio Workshop

June 1 (Monday): Final Exam, Portfolio Submission

June 4 (Thursday): No classes scheduled – commencement

June 8 (Monday): Grade Conferences