Friday, January 25, 2008

Semester reading list

While not as lengthy or impressive as a year ago, this year's list of required readings, especially those for my literature class, ENGL 507, Living White Male Writers. I've already read The Crying of Lot 49, Romeo and Juliet, Catcher in the Rye, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. With the exception of ...Mysteries, which I found to be too clever and aloof for my tastes, all are worth re-reading. I need another go at Pynchon's ...Lot 49 just to get at an understanding of it. God forbid I should tackle Gravity's Rainbow, a copy of which taunts me from my bookshelf.

M.A. Comprehensive exam reading list for English education: (Exam on March 22)

Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein. They Say/ I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing.

National Writing Project and Carl Nagin. Because Writing Matters: Improving Student Writing in Our Schools.

Sheridan Blau. The Literature Workshop: Teaching Texts and Their Teachers. [I am very familiar with this text. It was used in two of my teaching methods courses. I oughta break down and buy a copy, but interlibrary loan is too easy.]

Arthur Applebee, Robert Burroughs, and Anita Stevens. "Creating Continuity and Coherence in High School Literature Curricula." Research in the Teaching of English, 34. 2000, 396-429.

Thomas McCann, Larry Johannessen, Elizabeth Kahn, and Joseph Flanagan. Talking in Class: Using Discussion to Enhance Teaching and Learning. Urbana, IL: NCTE, chapters 1, 2, 7, 9, 10, and 13.

Pamela Hartman. "'Loud on the Inside': Working Class Girls, Gender, and Literacy." Research in the Teaching of English, 41: 2006, 82-117.

William Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet.

Readings for ENGL 520 Semantics:

Henriette de Swart. Introduction to Natural Language Semantics.

A Tiny Little Introduction to Formal Logic for Linguistics Students: logic.pdf (43KB)

Aitchison, J. 1998. Bad birds and better birds: Prototype theories. In V.P. Clark, P. A. Eschholz, and A. F. Rosa, eds., Language: Introductory Readings, 6th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's. 225-239aitchisonbbb.pdf (924KB)

Grice, H.P. 1975. Logic and conversation. In P. Cole and J.L. Morgan, eds., Syntax and Semantics 3: Speech Acts. NY: Academic Press. 41-58.gricelc.pdf (871KB)

Reddy, M.J. 1979. The Conduit Metaphor: A case of frame conflict in our language about language. In A. Ortony, ed., Metaphor and Thought. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 284-324.cmcfc.pdf (2.08MB)

Readings for ENGL 507.1 Literature of Living White Male Writers

Russell Banks. Trailerpark.
T.C. Boyle. World's End.
Michael Chabon. The Mysteries of Pittsburgh.
Michael Cunningham. The Hours.
Nathan Englander. For the Relief of Unbearable Urges.
Keith Gandal. Cleveland Anonymous. (book by NIU professor)
R.S. Gwynn and April Lindner. Contemporary American Poetry.
Tony Kushner. Angels in America.
Cormac McCarthy. The Road.
Robert Pirsig. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
Thomas Pynchon. The Crying of Lot 49.
Philip Roth. Goodbye, Columbus and Portnoy's Complaint
J.D. Salinger. Catcher in the Rye.
David Savran. The Sadomasochist in the Closet.
Neil Simon. The Prisoner of Second Avenue.
Wendy Somerson. Becoming Rasta.
John Updike. Rabbit Run.

1 comment:

anonymous I said...

Hi. I been looking for the The Sadomasochist in the Closet, but I can't find it in my library or online. Would you be able to point me in the right direction please.