Schedule of Classes
Be sure to check http://hispanlit.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/ for updates to the schedule and also for running notes from class.
Week One: Introduction to Narratology (Jahn). Working with terms and applications to Samperio’s “She Lived in a Story” and oral storytelling.
Jun 6—In-class reading of Samperio’s “She Lived in a Story” and probing narrative structure. Who speaks? Introduction to Jahn’s online text
http://www.uni-koeln.de/~ame02/pppn.htm and the narratological method of formal interpretation. In-class writing. Composing PIE paragraphs. FOR EACH OF YOUR POSTED IN-CLASS WRITINGS YOU MUST USE PIE PARAGRAPHS.
Homework: Begin reading http://www.uni-koeln.de/~ame02/pppn.htm. Also make sure you sign up for a qwriting blog, and to email firstname.lastname@example.org your blog’s url address you created, for example http://worldliterature363.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu.
Jun 7—In-class writing. Reviewing PIE paragraphs and writing them in groups using different narratological terms. Navigating Qwriting. Begin reading the Jahn narratology page together and establishing a list of terms for formal elements of narratives. In-class writing.
Homework: Read Jorge Luis Borges’s “Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote” available as PDF at http://hispanlit.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/. Look for narratological elements in the story.
Jun 8—Applications of narrative theory to “Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote” and working with narratives from classmates. Fabula and focalization. How magic functions in narratives. In-class writing. Composing PIE paragraphs. FOR EACH OF YOUR POSTED IN-CLASS WRITINGS YOU MUST USE PIE PARAGRAPHS.
Homework: Bring in a PIE paragraph (printed) to class, using a cited passage from either the Borges or Samerio story.
Jun 9—Reviewing of PIE paragraphs. Continue close reading of Borges and making connections to the narrative written by Samperio. Applications to film and focalization. In-class writing.
Response due next class. Remember to pay special attention to your MLA formatting (the Purdue OWL is your best resource <http://owl.english.purdue.edu>). Also read Don Quixote (11-176). Please bring in a paper version of your response for next class.
Week Two: Don Quixote. Representation and reality, dual narratives, and oppositions. Focalization and visual narratives.
Jun 13—Response 1 due posted by 11:00 AM as a page on your Qwriting blog. Also bring in a paper version to class. In-class peer review of classmates’ writings. In-class writing.
Homework: Read Don Quixote (176-295). FIRST FIVE BLOG POSTS DUE, 10AM, JUNE 14TH.
Jun 14—Analyzing narratological elements in Don Quixote. Looking to research about Don Quixote on the QC library databases. In-class writing.
Homework: Read Don Quixote (295-366).
Jun 15—Reviewing as a class an article about the novel, and examining elements of criticism applied to the novel. Continue discussion connecting narratology to the novel. In-class writing.
Homework: Read Don Quixote (367-395).
Jun 16—Finish article. In-class writing. Also reviewing film versions of the novel.
Homework: Finish Don Quixote. Response 2 due next class.
Week Three: The Lamentable Journey of Omaha Bigelow. Experimental narrative and Post-Modern storytelling.
Jun 20—Response 2 due posted by 11:00 AM on your Qwriting blog. Also bring in a paper version to class. In-class peer review of classmates’ writings.
In-class reading of Alonso Quixano’s death scene at the end of Part II of Don Quixote. In-class writing.
Homework: Begin reading Omaha Bigelow (10-173). SECOND FIVE BLOG POSTS DUE, 10AM, JUNE 21ST.
Jun 21—Working with sources and organizing elements for an article/essay. The parody and self-reflective narration of Omaha and levels of representing fictive realities in narration. In-class writing.
Homework: Read Omaha Bigelow (174-252).
Jun 22—Comparisons between Cervantes, Borges, Samperio and Vega Yunque for uses of focalization and fabula. How parody functions through humor. In-class writing.
Homework: Finish Omaha Bigelow.
Jun 23—Final thoughts on the novel. Possible lines of approach that look to compare Omaha with Quixote. What are the major stylistic differences? In-class writing.
Homework: Begin reading The Museum of Eterna’s Novel (v-80). Response 3 due next class. ALSO BRING IN A PAPER VERSION TO CLASS.
Week Four: The Museum of Eterna’s Novel. Narrative time and causal sequencing. Narration as a literary mode of representation and narration.
Jun 27—Response 3 due posted by 11:00 AM on your Qwriting blog. Also bring in a paper version to class. In-class peer review of classmates’ writings.
In-class writing. Researching articles that deal with narratology or the texts examined in class on the QC library databases.
Homework: Read The Museum of Eterna’s Novel (81-165).
Post your two articles on your blog as a “Bibliography” page. The articles could be dealing with either one of the novels, or an aspect that could be further explored in a future response. Be sure to give a brief summary of each article’s thesis.
Jun 28—Discussion of novel and review of articles. Forming groups for review based on research interests. Researching articles for the novels and making narratological connections. In-class writing.
Homework: Finish The Museum of Eterna. LAST FIVE BLOG POSTS DUE, 10AM, JUNE 29TH. Bring in a piece of writing that will be included and expanded for your final essay. Must have at least five pages.
Jun 29—LAST CLASS: Final thoughts about the course, and also discussion of ideas for future applications of narrative theory to literary texts. Peer review of essay drafts.
Last day to submit your final essay is July 6, 12PM.