Weds. 9-1-- First day of class/ Reader and texts/ Notion of collectives/
Workshopping/ Studio Concept/ Syllabus
Mon. 9-6-- class cancelled due to Martin Luther King holiday
Tues. 9-7-- Redefined to Monday. Have read "Narrative"
by J. Hillis Miller. Two page reading response #1 due.
Weds. 9-18-- Have carefully read "The Story-Teller" by
Walter Benjamin. Be prepared to speak about it in class.
Mon. 9-13-- Reading response #2 on "The Storyteller"
due. In class writing and discussion.
Weds. 9-15-- Have read "Smell" in Diane Ackerman,
and excerpts from Perfume.
Mon. 9-20-- Reading response #3 is due. Senses trigger memory.
Write a personal narrative that is prompted by a smell.
Weds. 9-22-- Have read Eisley's "How Flowers Changed the World",
and "The Secret of Life". Reading Response #4 due.
Mon. 9-27-- CANCELED-- work on paper for Weds.
Weds. 9-29--Redevelop your short narrative on smell into something
longer, incorprating some of the material about other senses from
your noticing notebook. Consider why this information
and detail is important and include those claims.
Bring three copies of your three to four page paper with
you to class for workshopping in collectives.
Mon. 10-4-- Have begun correlating ideas for formal paper #1.
Integrate the narrative that you've started on the senses with larger
philosophical notions of the narrative as a form. Bring in
some of the ideas from Miller and Benjamin. Brainstorming
in collectives. Meeting with me.
Weds. 10-6-- Have three typewritten or wordprocessed copies of
your four to five page rough draft of the first formal essay.
Workshopping in collectives.
Mon. 10-11-- Classes canceled FALL BREAK
Weds. 10-13-- Final draft due of first formal paper. Have
read excerpts of Ono no Komachi and Izumi Shikibu from The
Ink Dark Moon and James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues."
Be prepared to speak about how one writes about sound.
Mon. 10-18-- Have read "Hearing" in Ackerman and excerpts
of James Baldwin's Just Above My Head. Reading response
# 5 due on Ackerman and Baldwin. Musical text. Listening
and writing about music.
Weds. 10-20-- Have read the excerpt from Like Water
for Chocolate, and "Taste" from Diane Ackerman.
Reading response #6 due.
Mon. 10-25-- Have read "Touch" by F. Gonzalez-Crussi,
and "Synethesia" by Ackerman. The three poems from
Louise Bogan's The Blue Estuaries. Reading response #7 due.
Weds. 10-27-- Write a narrative that is inspired by one or both
of the two reading responses that you did in this unit. It
may also come out of your noticing notebook. Does any of this
prompt you toward one of your own recollections? Does it move
you to do some research and create a scholarly project of your own?
Be prepared with written ideas in order to brainstorm and generate
more of them within the collectives.
Mon. 11-1-- Bring three copies of a four to five page rough draft
with you to class. Workshopping in the collectives and meeting
Weds. 11-3-- Meet with me on a drop-in optional basis or aWriting
Consultant (one or the other; NO EXCEPTIONS). Regular class
Mon. 11-8-- Final draft of 2nd formal paper due. Field trip
to the Everson Museum. Bring notepads. We will be writing
Weds. 11-10-- Have read all of Ways of Seeing by John
Berger. Prepare a reading response (#8) in which you
read some of the artworks that you saw through his interpretive
Mon. 11-15-- Berger again and more visual texts. Have read
the Wallace Stevens poems in the reader. Have read "The
Man of the Future" by Loren Eisley. Reading response
Weds. 11-17-- Have read Ackerman's "Vision" and Octavio
Paz' "From Criticism to Offering." Reading response
#10 due. Tamayo pictures.
Mon. 11-22--Have read excerpts from Colette's Duo.
Weds. 11-24-- Class cancelled due to Thanksgiving holiday
Mon. 11-29-- Bring written ideas for your final paper project.
You will want to take up with some aspect of sensing and being in
culture that also interrogates your own identity. It
should incorporate both recollection and investigation.
We will brainstorm again in collectives and meet with me.
Weds. 12-1-- Bring in three copies of your six to eight page rough
draft toward your final paper. We will workshop them in collectives.
Mon. 12-6-- Classes canceled; Conferences-- and meet with writing
Weds. 12-6-- Classes canceled; Conferences-- and meet with writing
Mon 12-13-- Final paper due. Last day of class. General
1. Narrative by J. Hillis Miller
2. The Story-Teller by Walter Benjamin
3. Excerpts fromPerfume by Patrick Suskind
4. Excerpts fromThe Ink Dark Moon-- Ono
no Komachi and Izumi Shikibu
5. "Sonny's Blues" from Going to
Meet the Man and excerpts fromJust Above My Head by James
6. Excerpts fromLike Water for Chocolate
by Laura Esquirel
7. "Touch" from The Five Senses
by F. Gonzalez-Crussi
8. Excerpts fromThe Blue Estuaries by Louise
Bogan: "Betrothed," "Division,"and "The
9. "The Snow Man" and "Postcards from the Volcano"
by Wallace Stevens.
10. From Criticism to Offering and Transfigurations
by Octavio Paz from Essays on Mexican Art
11. Duo by Colette