Exam Materials

Primary Texts

Exam texts are available through the QC Bookstore:

(Course: ENGL 399W 02) — qc.textbookx.com/institutional/index.php?action=browse#books/1428635

(Course: ENGL 399W 01) — qc.textbookx.com/institutional/index.php?action=browse#books/1428634

Student List

Alison Bechdel, Fun Home [Yazmin’s presentation post; Sarah’s presentation post]

Gwendolyn Brooks, “Negro Hero,” “The Near-Johannesburg Boy,” “Riot,” and “The Sonnet-Ballad” [Brandon’s presentation post]

Emily Dickinson, “I Felt a Funeral in My Brain,” “The Brain is Wider than the Sky,” “Tell All the Truth but Tell It Slant,” and “Hope Is the Thing with Feathers” [Tracy’s presentation post; Zahava’s presentation post; Asheka’s presentation post]

Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man [Krystal’s presentation post]

The Gawain Poet, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight [Chani’s presentation post]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper” [Zahava’s presentation post]

Edgar Allen Poe, “The Tell-Tale Heart” [Zahava’s presentation post; Radheeka’s presentation post]

Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things [Lisa’s presentation post]

William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream [Caitlin’s presentation post]

Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest [Michelle’s presentation post; Chani’s presentation post]

 Committee List

Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao [Brandon’s presentation post; Kelly’s presentation post; Brandon’s presentation post]

“The Dream of the Rood” [Lisa’s presentation post]

Sui Sin Far, “Leaves from the Mental Portfolio of an Eurasian” [Caitlin’s presentation post; Sumaria’s presentation post]

George Herbert, “The Collar”

Kazuo Ishiguro, The Buried Giant [James’s presentation post; Radheeka’s presentation post]

Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

John Keats, “Ode on a Grecian Urn”

Herman Melville, “Bartleby the Scrivener” [Kelly’s presentation post; Ikram’s presentation post]

Jonathan Swift, “A Modest Proposal” [Ikram’s presentation post; Michelle’s presentation post]

Derek Walcott, Dream on Monkey Mountain [Asheka’s presentation post; Krystal’s presentation post]

Virginia Woolf, “The Mark on the Wall” [Yazmin’s presentation post; Sarah’s presentation post]

Supplemantary Readings


Daniel Bautista, “Comic Book Realism: Form and Genre in Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao”

Charles Allen Beaumont, “Swift’s Classical Rhetoric in ‘A Modest Proposal'”

Cambridge Companion to Arthurian Literature: Helen Fulton, “Introduction: Theories and Debates” & Alan Lane, “The End of Roman Britain and the Coming of the Saxons: An Archaeological Context for Arthur?” [Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Buried Giant]

Seo-Young Chu, Excerpts from Do Metaphors Dream of Literal Sheep?: A Science Fictional Theory of Representation (on the lyric, science fiction, and “cognitive estrangement”) [Dickinson, “The Dream of the Rood,” The God of Small Things, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight]

Alfred Corn, “Notes on Ekphrasis” [Keats’s “Ode on a Grecian Urn”] + bio on Corn

Jonathan Culler, “Why Lyric?” [Dickinson, Herbert, “The Dream of the Rood”]

Will Eisner, “Comics and Sequential Art” [Bechdel’s Fun Home]

Shane Herron, “Dark Humor and Moral Sense Theory: Or, How Swift Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Evil” [Swift’s “A Modest Proposal”]

Kelly Baker Josephs, “Dreams, Delirium, and Decolonization in Derek Walcott’s Dream on Monkey Mountain”

Scott McCloud, Understanding Comics [Bechdel’s Fun Home]

Steven Kruger, from Dreaming in the Middle Ages [“The Dream of the Rood”]

Rebecca Rukeyser, “Kazuo Ishiguro: Mythic Retreat” [interview]

Peter Sacks, from Elegy and the Work of Mourning, Part One & Part Two [Fun Home and other texts]

W. Bradford Smith, “What Is Metaphysical Poetry” [Herbert’s “The Collar”]

Karen Smyth, “Virginia Woolf’s Elegiac Enterprise”

Min Hyoung Song, “Sentimentalism and Sui Sin Far”

Dennis J. Spininger, “Profiles and Principles: The Sense of the Absurd in The Importance of Being Earnest


Jan Alber, et al, “Unnatural Narratives, Unnatural Narratology: Beyond Mimetic Models” [Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart,” The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and other texts]

Homi K. Bhabha, Introduction to The Location of Culture [see calendar + presentation posts by Krystal, Sumaria, Tracy, Caitlin, Asheka, and Lisa]

John S. Bak, “Escaping the Jaundiced Eye: Foucouldian Panopticism in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’

Roland Barthes, “Rhetoric of the Image” [Becdhels’ Fun Home, Keat’s “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” Woolf’s “The Mark on the Wall,” and others]

Teresa Brennan, Introduction to The Transmission of Affect [see calendar] + presentation posts by Ikram, Brandon, Michelle, and Kelly]

Terence Cave, Thinking with Literature [Sara’s presentation post]

W.E.B. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk [Ellison’s Invisible Man and Other Texts]

Michel Foucault, “Panopticism” (from Discipline and Punish) [“The Yellow Wallpaper and other texts]

Frederick L. Greene, “Introducing Queer Theory into the Undergraduate Classroom: Abstractions and Practical Applications” [Fun Home, The Importance of Being Earnest, and other Texts]

Sebastian Groes, ed., Selected Essays from Memory in the 21st Century: New Critical Perspectives from the Arts, Humanities, and Sciences

William Lyne, “The Signifying Modernist: Ralph Ellison and the Limits of Double Consciousness” [Ellison’s Invisible Man]

Rob Nixon, Introduction to Slow Violence: Environmentalism and the Poor [The God of Small Things and other texts]

Robert Dale Parker, “Reader-Response Criticism” [see calendar + James’s presentation post & Zainab’s presentation post]

Scott Simon, “The Persistence–and Impermanence–of Memory in The Buried Giant” [interview with Kazuo Ishiguro]

Gabrielle Starr, from Feeling Beauty: The Neuroscience of Aesthetic Experience [Keats’s “Ode on  a Grecian Urn + many other texts]

Carolyn Sylvander, “Ellison’s Invisible Man and Female Stereotypes” 

Victor Turner, “Liminality and Communitas” [Bechdel’s Fun Home, Ishiguro’s The Buried Giant, and other texts]

Brian Wall, “Narrative Purpose and Logic in ‘The Tell-Tale Heart”

Historical Context

Cambridge Companion to Arthurian Literature: Helen Fulton, “Introduction: Theories and Debates” & Alan Lane, “The End of Roman Britain and the Coming of the Saxons: An Archaeological Context for Arthur?” [Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Buried Giant]

Martha J. Cutter, “Sui Sin Far’s Letters to Charles Lummis: Contextualizing Publication Practices for theAsian American Subject at the Turn of the Century”

Annette Debo, “Reflecting Violence in the Warpland: Gwendolyn Brooks’ ‘Riot'”

Aimee Gaston, “Phenomenology Begins at Home: The Presence of Things in the Short Stories of Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf” [Woolf’s “The Mark on the Wall”]

Monica Hanna, Reassembling the Fragments’: Battling Historiographies, Caribbean Discourse, and Nerd Genres The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao”

The Poetry Foundation, “George Herbert” (biography) [Herbert’s “The Collar”]

Steven Kruger, “Introduction” to Dreaming in the Middle Ages [A Midsummer Night’s Dream]

David Kuebrick, “Melville’s Doctrine of Assumptions: The Hidden Ideology of Capitalist Production in ‘Bartleby'”

Dan Shen, “Edgar Allan Poe’s Aesthetic Theory, the Insanity Debate, and the Ethically Oriented Dynamics of ‘The Tell-Tale Heart'”

Ann Folwell Stanford, “Dialectics of Desire: War and the Resistive Voice in Gwendolyn Brooks’s ‘Negro Hero’ and ‘Gay Chaps at the Bar'”

Larry Swain, “Exploring the Depth and Beauty of Anglo-Saxon Literature” (interview with James Wiener) [“The Dream of the Rood”]

Jürgen Wolter, “‘The Yellow Wallpaper’: The Ambivalence of Changing Discourses”

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