Prof. Denise Cruz, English, University of Toronto

Reading

2016-17

First term Readings/Topics Tutorial/Assignments
Week 1: 9/16 Course Introduction No tutorial this week
Week 2: 9/23

 

Allen Ginsberg, “Supermarket in California”

Don DeLillo, White Noise (Waves and Radiation 1-105)

No tutorial this week
Week 3: 9/30 DeLillo, White Noise (The Airborne Toxic Event,
first part of Dylarama, 107-223)
White Noise
Week 4: 10/7

 

DeLillo, White Noise (224 to end)

Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies

White Noise; Close Reading Skills

 

Week 5: 10/14 Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies Interpreter of Maladies
Week 6: 10/21

 

 

Toni Morrison, Beloved *Please do not read
preface, because it reveals the novel’s “surprise”*

(1-99, stop at “It was time to lay it all down”)

Interpreter of Maladies; In-class analysis

 

Week 7: 10/28 Morrison, Beloved (100-195, stop at beginning of part II) Beloved
Week 8: 11/4 Morrison, Beloved (200-324, stop at end of novel) Making an Argument
Week 9: 11/11 Tony Kushner, Angels in America, Part I Beloved
Week 10: 11/18 Kushner, Angels in America Angels in America; Paper #1 due
Week 11: 11/25 Kushner, Angels in America, Part II Angels in America
Week 12: 12/2 Thammavongsa, Light Light

Second term

Week 1: 1/6

 

 Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

 

No tutorial

 

Week 2: 1/13

 

Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

 

Improving upon your first paper

 

Week 3: 1/20

 

David Chariandy, Soucouyant

 

Oscar Wao

 

Week 4: 1/27

 

Chariandy, Soucouyant

David Chariandy visit

Oscar Wao

 

Week 5: 2/3

 

Barker, Hanratty, Leuchter and Mand, The Speedy

 

Soucouyant; Paper #2 due

 

Week 6: 2/10

 

Barker et al., The Speedy

Mona Awad, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

The Speedy

 

Week 7: 2/17

 

Awad, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

Mona Awad visit

13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl

 

Week 8: 2/24

 

Reading week

Note: February 21 is the last day to drop/change to Credit/No Credit

Week 9: 3/3

 

George Saunders, Tenth of December

 

No tutorial

 

Week 10: 3/10

 

Saunders, Tenth of December

Zadie Smith, “The Embassy of Cambodia”

Tenth of December

 

Week 11: 3/17

 

Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

 

Embassy of Cambodia; Paper #3 due

 

Week 12: 3/24

 

Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

 

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close; Exam Strategies
Week 13: 3/31

 

 

 

Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Course conclusion

Note: deadline for late withdrawal at registrar is April 5

 

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
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