Books and Schedule

The following is the reading list and schedule from my course on narrative (Summer 2013).

Books (available at the UofT Bookstore)
Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending (Vintage)
Poe, Tales of Horror and Suspense (Dover)
Sophocles, Oedipus Rex (Dover)
Geoffrey Chaucer, Selected Canterbury Tales (Dover)
John Gay, The Beggar’s Opera (Dover)
Henry James, Daisy Miller (Dover)
David Lodge, Thinks… (Penguin)
Martin Amis, Time’s Arrow (Vintage)
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (Dover)
Michael Ondaatje, The Collected Works of Billy the Kid (Vintage)

Reading Schedule
Titles with * are online [Please note: dates and some online readings are subject to change.] Updated May 8, 2013

Week 1
May 13: no readings
May 15: Sherman Alexie, “What You Pawn I Will Redeem”*; Poe, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” (in Tales of Horror and Suspense)

Week 2
May 20: no class
May 22: Margaret Atwood, “Happy Endings”*; Barnes, The Sense of an Ending (to end of Part I)

Week 3
May 27: no readings
May 29: Barnes, The Sense of an Ending (to end)

Week 4
June 3: James Joyce, “Araby”*; Katherine Mansfield, “The Garden Party”*
June 5: Sarah Schmelling, “Hamlet (Facebook News Feed Edition)”*; Sophocles, Oedipus Rex

Week 5
June 10: Chaucer, “The Miller’s Tale” (in Selected Canterbury Tales); Report # 1 due
June 12: F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”*; Gay, The Beggar’s Opera

Week 6
June 17: James, Daisy Miller; Ernest Hemingway, “Hills like White Elephants”*
June 19: Alice Munro, “The Bear Came over the Mountain”*; Poe, “The Tell-Tale Heart” (in Tales of Horror and Suspense)

Week 7
June 24: Lodge, Thinks… (to chapter 6)
June 26: Lodge, Thinks… (to chapter 22)

Week 8
July 1: Canada Day (no class)
July 3: Lodge, Thinks… (to end)

Week 9
July 8: William Faulkner, “A Rose for Emily”*; Jamaica Kincaid, “Girl”*; Mary Robinette Kowal, “Evil Robot Monkey”*
July 10: Jonathan Nolan, “Momento Mori”*; excerpt from Marcel Proust’s The Remembrance of Things Past (the famous “madeleine episode”).

Week 10
July 15: Amis, Time’s Arrow (to end of Part I); Report # 2 due
July 17: Amis, Time’s Arrow (to end); Roger Ebert, “Irreversible” (film review)*

Week 11
July 22: Burdick, “The Mind in Overdrive”; Eagleman, “Time and the Brain…”a Stetson et al. “Does Time Really Slow Down…?”; and “Woolf, “An Unwritten Novel”
July 24: Shelley, Frankenstein (to chapter XVII)

Week 12
July 29: Shelley, Frankenstein (to end)
July 31: choice from list of research articles from various fields, posted on Blackboard’s “Course Materials”

Week 13
August 5: no class
August 7: Ondaatje, The Collected Works of Billy the Kid; Anonymous, “Billy the Kid” (Wikipedia)*; Final Report due

Week 14
August 12: review and exam discussion
August 13: final exam (7:00-9:00 PM, in EX300)–note that this is a TUESDAY NIGHT


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