ENGL 5337

Tim Morris

Teaching Literature Summer 2009

1300-1700 Tuesday / Thursday

office hours: 206 Carlisle Hall 9am-noon weekdays

tmorris at uta dot edu

office phone: 817.272.2739

office mailbox 203 Carlisle Hall

mailing address Box 19035, UTA 76019

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prerequisite:ENGL 5300

required texts: Teaching Literature (Showalter), Reading Lolita in Tehran (Nafisi), The Annotated Lolita (Nabokov, ed. Appel), Approaches to Teaching Vladimir Nabokovís Lolita (Kuzmanovich & Diment), plus various "packet" and handout readings

syllabus: This syllabus may be updated as the semester goes on. I may post updated versions that indicate readings, discussion plans, and reference materials. However, every component of your grade is shown here at the beginning. If you're looking at this on paper, please refer to the date and time of printing in case it's now long ago. For continuous updates look on line at http://www.uta.edu/english/tim/courses/5337su09/5337main.html

assignments: You will be graded holistically on a combination of the following indicators: class participation in all discussions and in-class activities; three 12-minute sessions of teaching; and two 2,000-word papers. The two papers are to be modeled on the "From the Classroom" pieces in the journal Pedagogy. The papers should draw from your teaching sessions for this course. Every paper you submit must be in MLA style, or I will return it to you unread. All papers must include citations of sources used. The two papers are due any time at all. If you submit both on or before 7 July, you will receive a grade at the end of Summer I. Otherwise, you will receive a grade of I until both papers are submitted.

academic dishonesty policy: It is the philosophy of The University of Texas at Arlington that academic dishonesty is a completely unacceptable mode of conduct and will not be tolerated in any form. All persons involved in academic dishonesty will be disciplined in accordance with University regulations and procedures. Discipline may include suspension or expulsion from the University. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." [Regents' Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter Vi, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22]

disability policy: The University of Texas at Arlington is on record as being committed to both the spirit and letter of federal equal opportunity legislation; reference Public Law 93112--The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. With the passage of new federal legislation entitled Americans with Disabilities Act - (ADA), pursuant to section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, there is renewed focus on providing this population with the same opportunities enjoyed by all citizens. As a faculty member, I am required by law to provide "reasonable accommodation" to students with disabilities, so as not to discriminate on the basis of that disability. Student responsibility primarily rests with informing faculty at the beginning of the semester and in providing authorized documentation through designated administrative channels.

schedule of assignments and readings:

4 June: Syllabus, introductions; initial stock-taking; some lessons from and in poetry

9 June: Elaine Showalter, Teaching Literature (Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2003): "The Anxiety of Teaching," 1-20; "Theories of Teaching Literature," 21-41.

Matthew Arnold, "Sweetness and Light," from Culture and Anarchy (1875 edition). Be sure to scroll down and read the passage "Sweetness and Light."

John Guillory, "The Very Idea of Pedagogy," Profession (2002): 164-171.

Brenda Jo Brueggemann & Debra A. Moddelmog, "Coming-Out Pedagogy: Risking Identity in Language and Literature Classrooms," Pedagogy 2.3 (2002): 311-335.

11 June: Showalter, "Methods of Teaching Literature," 42-61; "Teaching Poetry," 62-78; in Teaching Literature.

Matthew Arnold, "The Study of Poetry" (1888).

Jerry Farber, "Teaching and Presence," Pedagogy 8.2 (2008): 215-225.

Jay Ladin, "'Goblin with a Gauge': Teaching Emily Dickinson," The Emily Dickinson Journal 9.2 (Fall 2000): 32-41.

16 June: José Antonio Bowen, "Teaching Naked," National Teaching and Learning Forum 16.1 (2006).

John Crowe Ransom, "Criticism, Inc." (1938) [on paper handout].

Kirk Melnikoff & Jennifer Munroe, "Seasoning the Sonnet, Playing Poets: The 'Sonnet Slam' as Extrapedagogical Event," Pedagogy 7.2 (Spring 2007): 251-257.

Dan Mills, "Mind the Gap: Teaching Othello through Creative Responses," Pedagogy 8.1 (Winter 2008): 154-159.

Daniel R. Mangiavellano, "'Reach for Me Again': MySpace and the Brit Lit II Survey," Pedagogy 9.1 (Winter 2009): 152-157.

Laura Bohannon, "Shakespeare in the Bush," Natural History Aug-Sept 1966.

18 June: Teaching Poetry Naked

23 June: Teaching Poetry with PowerPoint


30 June: Showalter, "Teaching Fiction," 88-102; "Teaching Dangerous Subjects," 125-130; in Teaching Literature.

D.H. Lawrence, "Why the Novel Matters" (1925).

Nabokov, ed. Appel, The Annotated Lolita.

Zoran Kuzmanovich & Gayla Diment, eds., Approaches to Teaching Nabokov's Lolita. NY: MLA, 2008.

2 July: Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran. NY: Random House, 2003.

Simon Hay, "Why Read Reading Lolita? Teaching Critical Thinking in a Culture of Choice," Pedagogy 8.1 (Winter 2008): 5-24.

Sherry Linkon, "The Reader's Apprentice: Making Critical Cultural Reading Visible," Pedagogy 5.2 (Spring 2005): 247-273.

Eric G. Lorentzen, "Why the Novel (Still) Matters: Doing Student-Centered Cultural Studies in the Literature Classroom," The Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies 26 (2004): 289-311.

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7 July: Teaching Lolita in Arlington

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