Course Calendar


  • Tuesday 1/26 Appleman, Critical Encounters in Secondary English xv-28.



  • Tuesday 2/2 Arnold, “Function of Criticism at the Present Time” 695-714; Baudelaire, “The Painter of Modern Life” 680-690; Eliot, “Tradition and the Individual Talent” 955-961; Jane Eyre 17-157.


Marxism & Phenomenology                        

  • Tuesday 2/9 Marx, from The Communist Manifesto 657-660; Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit [The Master-Slave Dialectic] 541-547; Gramsci, “The Formation of the Intellectuals” 1002-1008; Jane Eyre 157-292.

Roderick ENL 684 Marxism & Phenomenology Presentation


Cultural Studies                   

  • Tuesday 2/23 Horkheimer and Adorno, from Dialectic of Enlightenment 1110-1127; Williams, Base and Superstructure in Marxist Cultural Theory 1423-1437; Hall, “Cultural Studies and Its Theoretical Legacies” 1782-1795; Eagleton, “Jane Eyre” 517-533.

Manchester ENL 684 Cultural Studies Presentation



  • Tuesday 3/1 Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams & the Uncanny 814-841; Lacan, “The Mirror Stage as Formative of the Function of the I as Revealed in Psychoanalytic Experience” 1163-1169; Sadoff, “The Father, Castration, and Female Fantasy in Jane Eyre” (BB).

Gallagher ENL 684 Psychoanalysis Presentation


Formalism & Semiotics

  • Tuesday 3/8 Brooks, “The Well Wrought Urn” 1217-1229; Saussure, “Course in General Linguistics” 850-866.


Deconstruction and Poststructuralism

  • Tuesday 3/22 Barthes, “The Death of the Author” 1322-1326; Foucault, “What is an Author?” 1475-1490; Schwartz, “No Place Like Home: The Logic of the Supplement in Jane Eyre” (BB).


Feminist Theory                            

  • Tuesday 3/29 Woolf, “A Room of One’s Own” 896-905; Wittig, “One Is Not Born a Woman” 1906-1913; Gilbert, “Plain Jane’s Progress” 560-586.



Gay and Lesbian Criticism

  • Tuesday 4/5 Foucault, The History of Sexuality pp. 1502-1521; Butler, from Gender Trouble 2540-2553; Anzaldua, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza 2098-2109; Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea 15-56.


Postcolonial Theory

  • Tuesday 4/12 Said, Orientalism 1866-1888; Spivak, “A Critique of Postcolonial Reason” 2114-2126; O’Connor, from “Preface for a Postcolonial Criticism” 664-681; David, “She Who Must Be Obeyed: A Response to Erin O’Connor” 681-684; Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea 59-171.


Race Theory

  • Tuesday 4/19 Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth 1440-1446; Hooks, Postmodern Blackness 2509-2516; Michie, “White Champanzees and Oriental Despots: Racial Stereotyping and Edward Rochester” (BB).

Presentation: Emanuel Alves


Digital Humanities

  • Tuesday 4/26 Benjamin, “The Work of Art in the Age of its Technological Reproducibility” 1051-1071; Haraway, “A Manifesto for Cyborgs” 2190-2220; Moretti, Graphs, Maps, Trees 2441-2464; explore DH projects.


Cinematic Adaptation

  • Tuesday 5/3 Sconce, “The Cinematic Reconstitution of Jane Eyre” (BB); watch Jane Eyre (2011) directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender.