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Professor: William McBride
T/R 3:35-4:50p in STV 347a
Office: STV 336      
Hours: T/R 1-2p 

I reserve the right to amend this syllabus.


Required Texts  [Copies of many of these texts are available at Milner and the local public libraries and "second hand" at Babbitts and other used book stores.]

  Defoe, Daniel. Robinson Crusoe. [1719] Norton. 





Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von The Sufferings of Young Werther. [1774] Trans. Morgan. Continuum 1990.




Goncharov, Ivan Aleksandrovich. Oblomov. [1859] Trans. David Magarshack. Viking 1978.




  Sacher-Masoch, Leopold Von. Venus in Furs. [Venus im Pelz 1870] Gilles Deleuze. Masochism. Coldness and Cruelty. [1967 Zone Books 




Two paintings referenced in Venus in Furs.


   LaFargue, Paul. The Right To Be Lazy. La Droit a la Paresse 1883 ] Trans. Len Bracken.  Fifth Season 1999.



On-Line version of Charles Herr's edition of The Right to Be Lazy

  Joyce, James. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.[1914]  Viking 1977.

    Kafka, Franz. “The Metamorphosis”  "Die Verwandlung [1915]" from Best Short Stories = Die Schonsten Erzahlungen : A Dual-Language Book. Trans., ed., Stanley Appelbaum.  Dover 1997.





    Beckett, Samuel.  How It Is [1964}[Comment C’est, 1961].  Grove.




Negri, Toni and Felix Guattari. Communists Like Us. Semiotext(e) 1985.


.    Marcus, Greil. Lipstick Traces. A Secret History of the Twentieth Century.  Harvard 1990.


Gaines, Donna. Teenage Wasteland: Suburbia's Dead End.  University of Chicago 1990, 1998.




FC. Industrial Society and Its Future Jolly Roger Press, 1995.  (out of print.  Click on title for on-line version)





Palahniuk, Chuck. Fight Club.  Holt 1996.








Cockburn, Alexander & Jeffrey St. Clair. Five Days That Shook the World: The Battle for Seattle and Beyond. Verso 2000.


Giroux, Henry. Stealing Innocence: Youth, Corporate Power and the Politics of Culture. St. Martins 2000



Other selected texts via photocopy.

Description of Course (forthcoming)


Format of Course

     Seminar/discussion. Students will 1) post weekly responses to readings/lectures/discussion via NetForum; 2) write an 8-10 page interpretive essay on one of the prose texts read in the first 7 weeks of the semester; 3) compose a mid-term examination comprised of short answer and essay; and 4)write a 8-12 page paper on one or more of the texts.


Mandatory.  Three absences excused.  Final grade will be reduced 1/2 a letter grade for each additional absence.  



first day info

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