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John Zaixin Zhang

 
 
 

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Selected Short Stories and Western Culture  

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        Course Objectives

       This course aims to help students to better understand Western culture through short stories and movies. We are going to discuss issues like desire, man and woman, marriage and family, capital and commodity, society and tradition, racial conflict, reality and representation, man versus nature, etc.

Textbook

       Zhang Zaixin, Reading the Short Story in English. FLTRP, 2009.

Grades

       1. Fifteen-minute presentation on an assigned movie (pair work), 15%;

       2. Active participation in discussion, 15%;

       3. Ten-page, double-spaced term paper (with literature review, theoretical framework, MLA documentation), 70%.

Tentative Schedule

Week 1  Introduction: Reading the Short Story to Discover Meaning

              Kate Chopin, “The Kiss.”

Weeks 2-3    Desire

(Week 2) Frank O’Connor, “My Oedipus Complex”;

            Presentation 1: Tadpole (DVD) – The Oedipus Complex

(Week 3) Katherine Mansfield, “Feuille d’Album.”

            Presentation 2: Notes on a Scandal (DVD) – Lesbianism

Readings: Eagleton, Chapter 5, “Psychoanalysis”; Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams (excerpts) and Sigmund Freud on Sexuality (excerpts in the “Off-campus Classroom” folder of my blog); Guerin, Chapter 4, “The Psychoanalytical Approach: Freud”; Tyson, Chapter 2  “Psychoanalysis.” Grosz, Jacques Lacan: A Feminist Introduction (Blog).

Week 4  Man and Woman

John Collier, “The Chaser.” Supplementary Story (handout): “The Model” by Bernard Malamud

            Presentation 3: The Ugly Truth (DVD) – Woman as Body

            Presentation 4: Elegy (DVD) – Male Gaze, Fear of Intimacy, Act Your Age

Readings: Tyson, Chapter 4 “Feminism”; Chandler, Daniel. “Notes on ‘The Gaze’” (Blog); Laz, Cheryl. “Act Your Age” (Blog).

Week 5  Marriage and Family

           (Week 5) Kate Chopin, “The Story of an Hour.” Supplementary Story (handout): “I Could See the Smallest Things” 

           by Raymond Carver

           Presentation 5 Down with Love (DVD) – Feminism

Readings: Guerin, Chapter 6, “Feminist Approaches”; Selden, Chapter 6, “Feminist Theories.”

Week 6  Marriage and Family

John Updike, “Unstuck.”

            Presentation 6: Gigli (DVD) – Feminism, Gender as Performance

Weeks 7-8       Capital and Commodity

           (Week 7) Max Shulman, “Love is a Fallacy”; Mark Twain, “The ?1,000,000 Bank-Note.”

            Presentation 7: Indecent Proposal (DVD) – Capital and Commodity

           (Week 8) D. H. Lawrence, “The Rocking-Horse Winner.”

Readings: Selden, Chapter 5, “Marxist Theories”; Tyson, Chapter 3 “Marxist Criticism.”

Weeks 9-10  Society and Tradition

           (Week 9) James Joyce, “The Boarding House”; William E. Barrett, “Se?or Payroll.”

           (Week 10) Shirley Jackson, “The Lottery.”

            Presentation 8: The Pursuit of Happyness OR Inside Job (DVD) – The American Dream

Week 11       May Day

Week 12       Racial Conflict

            Somerset Maugham, “Mr. Know-All.”

            Presentation 9: Ghosts of Mississippi (DVD) - Racism

Readings: Selden, Chapter 9 “Postcolonialist Theories”; Tyson, Chapter 11 “Postcolonial and African American Criticism.”

Weeks 13-14   Reality and Representation

           (Week 13) O. Henry, “The Last Leaf.” Supplementary Story (handout): “The Scoop” by James T. Farrell

            Presentation 10: Changeling (DVD) – Power and Truth

            (Week 14) Milos Macourek, “Jacob’s Chicken”; Julio Cortazar, “Continuity of Parks.”

            Presentations 11&12: The Truman Show (DVD) and Chicago (DVD) – Postmodernism

Readings: Eagleton, Chapter 4, “Post-Structuralism”; Selden, Chapters 7 and 8, “Poststructuralist Theories,” “Postmodernist Theories.”

Week 15       Report on a one-page outline for the term paper

Week 16       Term paper due (12 noon, Thursday)

Useful Periodicals (University Library)

Short Story Criticism, Short Stories for Students, Studies in Short Fiction

Academic Honesty

       To plagiarize is to use someone else’s work (words, ideas, etc, published or unpublished) as if it was one’s own. Any act of plagiarism in this class will be reported to the dean.

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