Presentations Schedule for E256 Intro to Theory and Criticism, Chapman University Fall 2012



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Most sessions will feature one or more student presentations that will give you a chance to hear different perspectives on the course readings, and I will also post the written versions students send me to a special blog so those interested can review them. Your presentations will also help me determine the direction my own comments, encouraging me to respond to your ideas rather than lecture continuously. See the syllabus for the presentation requirement's value as a percentage of the course grade.

1. On the first day of class, look over the authors or texts on our syllabus and then, next to your name on the roll sheet I will pass around, suggest several authors or texts that you might like to present on. I'll try to give you the choices you have made, to the extent that the schedule permits. Depending on class size, each student will give two or three presentations. Be aware that if you choose only very popular authors or texts (Jane Austen, Hamlet, etc.), I may need to schedule you for something different.

2. Within a few days, check the schedule on this page to see when and on which authors and questions you are slated to present. I will complete the schedule by choosing specific question/s to be addressed from among the full sets. You can access all author questions using the links below or by visiting the E256 QUESTIONS PAGE. (They are also available from the syllabus and journals pages.)

Insightful responses are better than "answers". I encourage you in advance to develop your remarks so that they go beyond the question at its simplest. The email consultation and "advance final draft" requirement constitutes 30% of your grade for the presentation.

It's easy to do well if you prepare in advance and make a good effort, and your colleagues will be supportive. Completing the in-class component is 70% of the grade for each presentation.

5. Please check the schedule below on this page to verify the current status of your in-class presentation and blog entry. Within a few days after you've completed both, next to your name should appear the notation (Presentation completed). If you see other notations as indicated below in "How I Evaluate Presentations," please contact me by email.


I will judge presentations on the following grounds: did the student 1) meet with me or email me a timely advance final draft so that I can offer advice and determine the course of my own comments? and 2) seem to have put genuine effort into preparing rather than treating the presentation as a barren "answer" to a stale question. Students who do those two things will receive an "A" for the presentations requirement. I am not going to grade presentations so much on in-class factors as on how well students prepare and (again, if necessary) follow up. I will indicate whether students have completed the requirements: (Presentation completed), (Presented in Class but no written version), (Missed Presentation), (Rescheduled Presentation).


If you find that you will be unable to make it to class for one of your scheduled presentations, please let me know in advance if possible. (I'll make my cell phone number available when the semester begins, though I won't post it on the Internet.) So long as you have provided me with a timely advance draft of your remarks (I usually print them out and bring them to class), I will read the presentation for you and give you partial credit for the "in-class" portion of the presentation grade. If you haven't provided me with a final advance draft, I will not read it in class. In such cases, rescheduling on a new author or text may be possible at my discretion and if the schedule allows.


Below is a list containing four things for each session: the authors/texts we will discuss, the number of each study question I've chosen for discussion (or TBD if it remains to be assigned later), the presenters' names, and the color-coded status of the presentation. The author hyperlinks below will take you to the relevant study questions pages -- they are the same pages from which you choose questions for your journal sets. *Please note that I may specify two questions rather than one (as in "12-13 combined") if I find that two short questions go together well.


Plato | Aristotle | Horace | Augustine | Aquinas | Dante | Sidney | Pope | Johnson | Kant | Hegel | Marx and Engels | Wordsworth | Coleridge | Baudelaire | Arnold | Pater | Wilde | Nietzsche | Freud | Saussure | Brooks | Lévi-Strauss | Barthes | Foucault | Austin | Fanon | Ngugi | Said | de Beauvoir | Butler |


Tu. 08/28. Course introduction: Wiki site, procedures and evaluation requirements.

Th. 08/30. Plato. The Republic, Book 7 (Norton 60-64).


Tu. 09/04. Plato, Aristotle. Plato's The Republic, Book 10 (64-77). Aristotle's Poetics (88-115, read approx. first half).

Th. 09/06. Aristotle. Poetics (88-115).


Tu. 09/11. Horace. "Ars Poetica"; (122-33). Time permitting, I'll offer a brief contrast with Longinus' On Sublimity; (136-54), but that work isn't assigned.

Horace. Questions 7-8 combined. Andrea Granillo. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 09/13. Augustine of Hippo, Thomas Aquinas, Dante Alighieri, Sir Philip Sidney. Augustine's On Christian Teaching (156-62); Aquinas' Summa Theologica (181-84); Dante's Il Convivio (186-88) and "The Letter to Can Grande" (188-90); Sidney's "The Defence of Poesy" (read only 257-58, "There is no art delivered … (through) the poets only deliver a golden" and 262-63, "The philosopher, therefore … (through) "if they be not illuminated or figured forth by the speaking picture of poesy.")

Augustine. Any Question on this author. Loraine Moore. (Presentation Completed.)

Aquinas. Any Question on this author. Christina Michaels. (Presentation Completed.)

Dante. Any Question on this author. Alexandra Carubis. (Presentation Completed.)


Tu. 09/18. Alexander Pope. "An Essay on Criticism" (349-62).

Pope. Any Question on Part 1. Caitlin Dinunzio. (Presentation Completed.)

Pope. Any Question on Part 2. Amethyst Hethcoat. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 09/20. Samuel Johnson. The Rambler, #4 (367-71). Rasselas (371-72). "Preface to Shakespeare" (Okay to read only 379-86, starting with "Shakespeare with his excellencies has likewise faults..."). Read 386-88 if time permits -- it's optional, but an excellent statement about "wit" and Metaphysical poets such as John Donne.

Johnson. Any Question on Rasselas. Kathleen Metzger. (Presentation Completed.)

Johnson. Any Question on "Preface to Shakespeare". Jaime Powell. (Presentation Completed.)

JOURNAL SET 1 DUE BY EMAIL SUNDAY 09/23; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes Plato through Samuel Johnson. Please expect an email from me verifying receipt of this and subsequent journal sets.)


Tu. 09/25. Immanuel Kant. Critique of the Power of Judgment (414-30, "Analytic of the Beautiful").

Kant. Any Question in the range of questions 4-8. Alexandra Carubis. (Presentation Completed.)

Kant. Any Question in the range of questions 9-13. Andrea Granillo. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 09/27. Immanuel Kant. Critique of the Power of Judgment (430-50 "Analytic of the Sublime").

Kant. Any Question in the range of questions 14-19. Alexander Mandinach. (Presentation Completed.)

Kant. Any Question in the range of questions 20-26. Carly Sanchez. (Presentation Completed.)


Tu. 10/02. Georg W.F. Hegel. Phenomenology of Spirit (541-47, "The Master-Slave Dialectic"). Read Lectures on Fine Art (547-55) if time permits -- it's optional.

Hegel. Questions 1-2 combined. Alyson Avakian. (Presentation Completed.)

Hegel. Questions 3-5 combined. Sean Reed. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 10/04. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 (651-55); The German Ideology (655-56); The Communist Manifesto (657-60); Grundrisse (661-62); "Preface to A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy (662-63).

Marx and Engels. Any question/s on Economic and Phil. Manuscripts of 1844. Kathleen Metzger. (Presentation Completed.)

Marx and Engels. Any question/s on The Communist Manifesto. Jaime Powell. (Presentation Completed.)


Tu. 10/09. William Wordsworth. "Preface to Lyrical Ballads, with Pastoral and Other Poems" (559-79).

Wordsworth. Choice of one question from 1-4. Alissa Maxwell. (Presentation Completed.)

Wordsworth. Choice of one question from 5-7. Victoria Pizzo. (Presentation Completed.)

Wordsworth. Choice of one question from 8-11. Sean Reed. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 10/11. Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Biographia Literaria (584-91).

Coleridge. Choice of one question from 5-7. Caitlin Dinunzio. (Presentation Completed.)

Coleridge. Choice of one question from 8-11. Katherine Thurmond. (Presentation Completed.)


Tu. 10/16. Charles Baudelaire. The Painter of Modern Life (680-90).

Baudelaire. Choice of one question from 1-5. Jessica Fry. (Presentation Completed.)

Baudelaire. Choice of one question from 6-9. Megan Garner. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 10/18. Matthew Arnold and Walter Pater. Arnold's "The Function of Criticism at the Present Time" (695-714). Pater's "Conclusion to Studies in the History of the Renaissance" (728-30).

Arnold. Choice of one question from 1-10. Katherine Thurmond. (Presentation Rescheduled.)

Pater. Choice of one question from 1-4. Alyson Avakian. (Presentation Completed.)

JOURNAL SET 2 DUE BY EMAIL SUNDAY 10/21; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes Kant through Pater).


Tu. 10/23. Oscar Wilde. "The Decay of Lying" (790-94); "The Critic as Artist" (794-807).

Wilde. Choice of Questions 1-3. Jessica Fry. (Presentation Completed.)

Wilde. Choice of Questions 4-9. Danielle Gomez. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 10/25. Friedrich Nietzsche. "On Truth and Lying in a Non-Moral Sense" (764-74).

Nietzsche. Choice of Questions 1-3. Lyla Brech. (Presentation Completed.)

Nietzsche. Choice of Questions 4-7. Alexander Mandinach. (Presentation Completed.)

Nietzsche. Choice of Questions 8-11. Christina Michaels. (Presentation Completed.)


Tu. 10/30. Sigmund Freud. The Interpretation of Dreams (814-24).

Freud. Choice of Questions 1-2. Amethyst Hethcoat. (Presentation Completed.)

Freud. Question 4. Martin Reising. (Presentation Completed.)

Freud. Question 5. Shannon Wagner. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 11/01. Ferdinand de Saussure. Course in General Linguistics (850-66).

de Saussure. Choice of Questions 1-4. Samantha Johnson. (Presentation Completed.)

de Saussure. Choice of Questions 5-8. Carly Sanchez. (No Presentation.)


Tu. 11/06. Cleanth Brooks. The Well Wrought Urn (1217-29, "The Heresy of Paraphrase").

Brooks. Choice of Questions 1-5. Samantha Johnson. (Presentation Completed.)

Brooks. Choice of Questions 6-9. Katherine Thurmond. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 11/08. Claude Lévi-Strauss. Triste Tropiques (1277-86, Ch. 28. "A Writing Lesson").

Lévi-Strauss. Choice of Questions 1-3. Lyla Brech. (Presentation Completed.)

Lévi-Strauss. Choice of Questions 4-6. Tawny Ehlert. (Presentation Completed.)


Tu. 11/13. Roland Barthes. Mythologies (1320-21 "Photography and Electoral Appeal"); "The Death of the Author" (1322-26); "From Work to Text" (1326-31).

Barthes. Choice of Questions 1-3. Carly Sanchez. (Presentation Completed.)

Barthes. Choice of Questions 4-9. Alissa Maxwell. (Presentation Completed.)

Barthes. Choice of Questions 10-18. Loraine Moore. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 11/15. Michel Foucault. "What Is an Author?" (1475-90); optional: Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison (1490-1502).

Foucault. Choice of Questions 1-3. Jennifer Eneriz. (Presentation Completed.)

Foucault. Choice of Questions 4-5. Elizabeth Murtough. (Presentation Completed.)

JOURNAL SET 3 DUE BY EMAIL SUNDAY 11/18; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes Wilde through Foucault).


Tu. 11/20. J. L. Austin. "Performative Utterances" (1289-1301).

Austin. Choice of Questions 1-3. Tawny Ehlert. (Presentation Completed.)

Austin. Choice of Questions 4-6. Victoria Pizzo. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 11/22. No Class, Thanksgiving Holiday.



Tu. 11/27. Frantz Fanon and Ngugi Wa Thiong'o, et al. Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth (1440-46). Thiong'o's "On the Abolition of the English Department" (1995-2000).

Fanon. Choice of Any Fanon Question. Martin Reising. (Presentation Completed.)

Ngugi. Choice of Any Ngugi Question. Shannon Wagner. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 11/29. Edward W. Said. Orientalism (1866-88, "Introduction").

Said. Choice of Questions 1-3. Jennifer Eneriz. (Presentation Completed.)

Said. Choice of Questions 4-6. Danielle Gomez. (Presentation Completed.)


Tu. 12/04. Simone de Beauvoir. The Second Sex (1265-73, Ch. XI. "Myth and Reality").

Beauvoir. Choice of Questions 1-2. Elizabeth Murtough. (Presentation Completed.)

Beauvoir. Choice of Questions 3-4. Rachel Roman. (Presentation Completed.)

Th. 12/06. Judith Butler. Gender Trouble (2540-53, from Ch. 3. "Subversive Bodily Acts").

Butler. Choice of Questions 1-3. Megan Garner. (Presentation Completed.)

Butler. Choice of Questions 4-6. Rachel Roman. (Presentation Completed.)

JOURNAL SET 4 DUE BY EMAIL EXAM DAY; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes Austin through Butler.


Final Exam Date: Wednesday Dec 12, 10:45-1:15 p.m. Term Paper Due by Email Monday, Dec. 17. I must turn in grades by Tuesday, January 1, 2013. For your other courses, check the Chapman Final Exam Schedule.