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Required Texts

A course Reader will contain most of the theoretical readings, though I may add or change some of the readings depending on the direction the class is taking or what issues seem to call for further discussion. In addition, you will be asked to read a part or all of the following required texts:

Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. (Download a version from Project Gutenberg.)

Freud, Sigmund. The Interpretation of Dreams.

Amazon logo Foucault, Michel. History of Sexuality. Vol. 1. London: Penguin, 1990. ISBN: 0140268685.

Amazon logo Rhys, Jean. Wide Sargasso Sea. New York: W.W. Norton, 1999. ISBN: 1568497296.

Shakespeare, William. A Midsummer Night's Dream. (Download a version from Project Gutenberg.)

Recommended Readings

I couldn't in good conscience burden you further than I already am doing. But these are important texts in their own right that also elucidate those that we will read. So, if you have time and interest, you should make an effort to read them

Althusser, Louis. "Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses," and "Contradiction and Overdetermination."

Austin, J. R. How to do Things with Words.

Brémond, Claude. "Morphology of the French Folktale."

Brooks, Cleanth. "Keats' Sylvan Historian: History without Footnotes."

Derrida, Jacques. "Structure, Sign and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences."

———. "Interview with Julia Kristeva." In Positions.

———. "Signature, Event, Context."

Dinesen, Isak. "The Blank Page."

Fish, Stanley. "Literature in the Reader" pp. 22-37, and "Interpreting the Variorum" pp. 148-173. In Is There a Text in This Class?

Foucault, Michel. "What is an Author?"

———. Discipline and Punish.

Gilman, Charlotte. "The Yellow Wallpaper."

Greenblatt, Stephen. Shakespearean Negotiations.

Greimas, A. J., and François Rastier. "The Interaction of Semiotic Constraints."

Jameson, Fredric. The Political Unconscious.

———. "Imaginary and Symbolic in Lacan."

Johnson, Barbara. "The Frame of Reference." In Literature and Psychoanalysis. Edited by Shoshana Felman.

Keats, John. "Ode on a Grecian Urn."

Lacan, Jacques. "The Mirror Stage."

———. "Seminar on the Purloined Letter."

Levi-Strauss, Claude. "The Structural Study of Myth." In Structural Anthropology.

———. The Elementary Structures of Kinship. (Extracts)

———. "The Writing Lesson." In Tristes Topiques. (Brief extracts)

Milton, John. "Sonnets XVIII-XX." (Download a version from Project Gutenberg.)

Montrose, Louis. "A Midsummer Night's Dream and the Shaping Fantasies of Elizabethan Culture."

Poe, Edgar Allan. "The Purloined Letter." (Download a version from Project Gutenberg.)

———. "Ligeia." (Download a version from Project Gutenberg.)

Saussure, Ferdinand. Course in General Linguistics.

Spivak, Gayatri. "Three Women's Texts and a Critique of Imperialism."

Sophocles. Oedipus Rex. (Download a version from the Internet Classics Archive.)

Paul Veyne's article on Michel Foucault. In Foucault and His Interlocutors. Edited by A. Davidson.

Wimsatt, W. K., and Monroe C. Beardsley. "The Intentional Fallacy."

———. "The Affective Fallacy."

Zizek, Slavoj. Enjoy Your Symptom. Chapter 1. (In reader)

———. (Other extracts from reader, to be specified)