Spring 2014 [Sec. G01, #11127]                                                                                                                    FRANK GRADY

T 4:00-6:30                                                                                                                                                      455 LUCAS

450 Lucas                                                                                                                                                        516-5592

T 1-3, W 12-3  and                                                                                                                                          fgrady@umsl.edu

by appointment


     A survey of the approaches to literary study that have flourished in the academy over the last century, including New Criticism, structuralism, semiotics, reception theory, Marxism, feminism, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, gender criticism, new historicism, and other poststructuralist modes of address.  This history of recent trends in literary criticism will be framed by discussions of contemporary institutional and curricular issues, academic language and writing, and proper bibliographical practice.  Though much of the reading will be abstract and theoretical, we will try to remain grounded through practical criticism of Bram Stoker's Dracula.


Course documents and assignments will be posted on mygateway.umsl.edu, but the main course page will be located at www.umsl.edu/~gradyf/SP2014SYLL5000.htm, which can also be reached through my home page (www.umsl.edu/~gradyf).


     Requirements: Class participation (based on perfect attendance; regular, vigorous, and open-minded contribution to discussion both in class and on-line; and written responses to discussion questions early in the semester--20%); one bibliographic project (10%); two short (5-8pp.) essays (20% and 25% each); one take-home final exam (25%).  Plagiarism on papers, electronic or the old-fashioned kind, will mean an instant F for the assignment, my undying disapprobation, and possible disciplinary action by the university; please refer to this site for further details, and please please please ask me if you have any questions.



·         Terry Eagleton, Literary Theory: An Introduction. U. of Minnesota Press, 2008.  3rd (Anniversary) edition.  [978-0816654475] Hence LT.



·         Bram Stoker & John Paul Riquelme, Dracula (Case Study in Contemporary Criticism). Bedford St. Martins, 2001. [978-0312241704] Hence Dracula.


·         M.H. Abrams & Geoffrey Harpham, A Glossary of Literary Terms. Wadsworth Publishing, 2011.  [978-0495898023] [recommended]



RECOMMENDED: Possession of or regular access to a style manual, either the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers or The Chicago Manual of Style, and a good dictionary.


Tentative SYLLABUS:

T JAN 21  Introduction: Readings, Research, Rumors, Regrets

Culler, “What is Theory?” [1997; MyGateway]

Rethinking the Master’s Degree in English for a New Century” [2011; MyGateway]

·         Library Research Tour, 5:30


T  JAN 28: Profession I: How We Got Here

Eagleton, “Rise of English” LT 15-46

Arnold, “The Function of Criticism at the Present Time” [1864; MyGateway]

Baldick, “A Civilizing Subject” [1983; MyGateway] 

Ransom, “Criticism, Inc.” [1937; MyGateway]

Graff, “The Humanist Myth” [1987; MyGateway]

·         Discussion questions


T FEB 4  Snow Day!!



T FEB 11: Profession II: Where “Here” Is

Eagleton, “What Is Literature,” LT 1-14

Culler, “What Is Literature and Does It Matter?” [1997; MyGateway]

Guillory, from Cultural Capital [1993; MyGateway]

Guillory, “Canon” [1990; MyGateway]

Nussbaum, “The Narrative Imagination” [1997; MyGateway]

MLA research [online]


T FEB 18: Academic Writing and Research

Curzan, “Says Who? Teaching and Questioning the Rules of Grammar” [2009; MyGateway]

Graff, “Scholars and Sound Bites: The Myth of Academic Difficulty” [2000; MyGateway]

Fish, from How to Write a Sentence. . . [2011; MyGateway] (at least pp. 1-24)

Graff et al, from They Say / I Say [2009; MyGateway]

Tompkins, from West of Everything [1992; MyGateway]

Downs and Wardle, “Teaching about Writing, Righting Misconceptions” [2007; MyGateway]

·         Discussion questions


T  FEB 25: History of  Theory I

Eagleton, “Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, Reception Theory,” LT 47-78

Eagleton, “Structuralism and Semiotics,” LT 79-109

Fish, “Interpreting the Variorum” [1976; MyGateway]

Barthes, “In the Ring” and “Saponids and Detergents” [1957; MyGateway]


T  MAR 4: History of Theory II

Eagleton, “Post-Structuralism,” LT 110-30

Graff, "Determinacy/Indeterminacy" [1990; MyGateway]

Martinez, “Deconstructing The Matrix” [2004; MyGateway]

Eagleton, “Psychoanalysis,” LT 131-68

Freud, “The Uncanny” [1919; MyGateway]


T  MAR 11 History of Theory III

Eagleton, “Political Criticism” and “Afterword,” LT 168-208

Althusser, from Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses [1969; MyGateway]

Williams, from Marxism and Literature, [1977, MyGateway]

White, “The Historical Text as Literary Artifact” [1974; MyGateway]       

Montrose, “Professing the Renaissance: The Poetics and Politics of Culture” [1989; MyGateway]


T MAR 18: Gender I

Woolf, from A Room of One’s Own [1929; MyGateway]

Fetterly, Introduction to The Resisting Reader [1978; MyGateway] 

Gilbert and Gubar, from The Madwoman in the Attic [1979; MyGateway]

Belsey, “Constructing the Reader / Deconstructing the Text” [1985; MyGateway]

Schwieckart, “Reading Ourselves: Toward a Feminist Theory of Reading” [1986; MyGateway]

Friedman, “Relinquishing Oz: Every Girl’s Anti-Adventure Story” [2000; MyGateway]


T MAR 25  No Class – Spring Break


T APR 1: Gender II

Culler, “Reading as a Woman” [1983; MyGateway]

Showalter, “Critical Cross-Dressing: Male Feminists and The Woman of The Year“ [1983; MyGateway]

Sedgwick, from Between Men [1985; MyGateway]

Wittig, “One Is not Born a Woman” [1980; MyGateway]

Butler, from Gender Trouble [1990; MyGateway]

Doty, “My Beautiful Wickedness: The Wizard of Oz as Lesbian Fantasy” [2000; Mygateway]

·         Friday, Apr 4: Bibliographical Project Due


T APR 8: The Romance of Theory

Lodge, Small World (1984)


T  APR 15: Theories in Practice I

·         Finish Dracula by this date!

Bentley, “The Monster in the Bedroom: Sexual Symbolism in …Dracula” [1972; MyGateway]

Roth, "Suddenly Sexual Women in Bram Stoker's Dracula" [1977; MyGateway]

Foster, “’The little children can be bitten’: A Hunger for Dracula,” Dracula 466-99

Eltis, “Corruption of the Blood and Degeneration of the Race: Dracula and Policing the Borders of Gender,” Dracula 434-65

·         Friday, APR 18: Essay Two Due Date—Group One


T  APR 22: Theories in Practice II

Craft, "'Kiss Me with Those Red Lips': Gender and Inversion in Bram Stoker's Dracula" [1984; MyGateway]

Schaffer, "'A Wilde Desire Took Me': The Homoerotic History of  Dracula" [1994; MyGateway]

Moretti, "The Dialectic of Fear" [1983; MyGateway]

Wicke, “Vampiric Typewriting: Dracula and Its Media,” Dracula 573-99

Grady, "Vampire Culture" [1996; MyGateway]

·          Friday, APR 25: Essay Two Due Date—Group A


T APR 29: Theories in Practice III

Appiah, "Race" [1990; MyGateway]

Said, from Orientalism, [1978; MyGateway]

Arata, "The Occidental Tourist: Dracula and the Anxiety of Reverse Colonization," [1990; MyGateway]

Valente, from Dracula’s Crypt [2002; MyGateway]

Riquelme, "Doubling and Repetition/Realism and Closure in Dracula," Dracula 538-72

Castle, “Ambivalence and Ascendancy in Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” Dracula 500-37


T  MAY  8: Some Classics You Will Need to Have Read

Foucault, “What Is an Author?” [1969; MyGateway]

Mulvey, “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” [1975; MyGateway]


Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)



TH MAY 15: Final Exam due



Students with disabilities who believe that they may need accommodations in this class are encouraged to speak to me as soon as possible and to contact the Disability Access Services Office in 144 Millennium Student Center at 516-6554 as soon as possible to ensure that such accommodations are arranged in a timely fashion.