|1||Introductions: You, Me, Oprah||(no readings)|
|2||Oprah's Book Club I||
Max, D. T. "The Oprah Effect." The New York Times, December 26, 1999.
Young, John. "Toni Morrison, Oprah Winfrey, and Postmodern Popular Audiences." African American Review 35, no. 2 (Summer 2001): 181-204.
|3||Oprah's Book Club II||
Barnard, Rita. "Oprah's Paton, or South Africa and the Globalization of Suffering." Safundi 7, no. 3 (July 2006): 1-21.
Oprah vs. Franzen
Rejecting the Oprah Sticker: This is a brief piece about the tiff between Oprah and Jonathan Franzen, who is arguably one of those white male modernist writers that John Young talks about in his article. Their dispute developed after Franzen was less than enthusiastic about The Corrections being chosen for Oprah's Book Club. It still won a National Book Award. [Miller, Laura. "Book Lovers' Quarrel." Salon.com, October 26, 2001.]
Franzen vs. Women's Fiction: This piece, also brief, addresses the notion of an opposition between what Franzen writes and what women write (and how this relates to the tiff with Oprah). [Elliott, Jane. "O is for the Other Things She Gave Me: Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections and Contemporary Women's Fiction." Bitch Magazine 16 (Spring 2002): 70-74.]
|4||Theories of reading I||
Poulet, Georges. "Phenomenology of Reading." New Literary History 1 (1969): 53-68.
Iser, Wolfgang. "Interaction Between Text and Reader." In Prospecting: From Reader Response to Literary Anthropology. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993 , pp. 31-41. ISBN: 9780801845932.
|5||Oprah's Book Club III||(no readings)|
|6||Theories of reading II||
Fish, Stanley. "Literature in the Reader: Affective Stylistics." New Literary History 2, no. 1, A Symposium on Literary History (Autumn 1970): 123-162.
———. "Interpreting the Variorum." Critical Inquiry 3, no. 1 (Autumn 1976): 191-196.
|7||The sociology and history of reading I||
Chartier, Roger. "Labourers and Voyagers: From the Text to the Reader." In The Book History Reader. Edited by David Finkelstein and Alistair McCleery. New York, NY: Routledge, 2001, pp. 47-58. ISBN: 9780415226585.
|8||The sociology and history of reading II||
Zboray, Robert. "Gender and Boundlessness in Reading Patterns." In A Fictive People: Antebellum Economic Development and the American Reading Public. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1992, pp. 163-179, 251-258. ISBN: 9780195075823.
Davis, Natalie Zemon. "Printing and the People." In Society and Culture in Early Modern France: Eight Essays. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 1975, pp. 189-226, 326-336. ISBN: 9780804709729.
|9||The sociology and history of reading III||
Denning, Michael. "Fiction Factories: The Production of Dime Novels." In Mechanic Accents: Dime Novels and Working-Class Culture in America. Revised edition. London, UK: Verso, 1998, pp. 17-26, 214-216. ISBN: 9781859842508.
———. "The Uses of Literacy: Class, Culture and Dime Novel Controversies." In Mechanic Accents: Dime Novels and Working-Class Culture in America. Revised edition. London, UK: Verso, 1998, pp. 47-61, 221-222. ISBN: 9781859842508.
|10||Reading and social identity I||
Altick, Richard. "The Social Background." In The English Common Reader: A Social History of the Mass Reading Public 1800-1900. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1957, pp. 81-98.
|11||Reading and social identity II||
Radway, Janice. "A Feeling for Books: The Book-of-the-Month Club, Literary Taste and Middle-Class Drive." In The Book History Reader. Edited by David Finkelstein and Alistair McCleery. New York, NY: Routledge, 2001, pp. 359-371. ISBN: 9780415226585.
Tompkins, Jane. "Masterpiece Theatre: The Politics of Hawthorne's Literary Reputation." In The Book History Reader. Edited by David Finkelstein and Alistair McCleery. New York, NY: Routledge, 2001, pp. 250-258. ISBN: 9780415226585.
|12||Reading and social identity III||(no readings)|
|13||Reading as resistance I||
Cornelius, Janet Duitsman. "Slaves, Religion and Reading." In When I Can Read My Title Clear: Literacy, Slavery, and Religion in the Antebellum South. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1992, pp. 11-36, 154-159. ISBN: 9780872498716.
Douglass, Frederick. Chapter VI in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. Edited by William L. Andrews and William S. McFeely. New York, NY: W.W. Norton, 1997, pp. 28-35. ISBN: 9780393969665. (The e-text is available via of Project Gutenberg.)
|14||Reading as resistance II||Class guest: Professor Alisa Braithwaite|
|15||Romance readers I||
Radway, Janice. "The Readers and their Romances." In Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy, and Popular Literature. 2nd ed. Durham, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1991, pp. 46-85. ISBN: 9780807843499.
Parameswaran, Radhika. "Western Romance Fiction as English-Language Media in Postcolonial India." Journal of Communication 49, no. 3 (Summer 1999): 84-105.
In addition to reading these two articles, you must also go to a bookstore and buy a mass market romance novel (a REAL mass market romance novel, in a major romance series). And read it. In a public place.
|Out of class: Go visit a comics shop|
|16||Romance readers II||Radway, Janice. "Introduction: Writing Reading the Romance." In Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy, and Popular Literature. 2nd ed. Durham, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1991, pp. 46-85. ISBN: 9780807843499.|
Brown, Jeffrey. "Comic Book Fandom." Black Superheroes, Milestone Comics, and Their Fans. Jackson, MI: University of Mississippi Press, 2001, pp. 58-92, 205. ISBN: 9781578062829.
Class Guest: Jeet Heer
Discussion of comics shop visit
The following blogs feature debates that arise as the comic book industry deals with the state of comic book shops. Your task in reading these sites is threefold: follow this controversy and see what it says about fandom and about blogs as a medium; pay attention to gender, which is featured especially in the entry from Jennifer De Guzman (SLG-news); follow the discussion BEYOND these four links, and see where else the debate goes through links and comments. Come to class prepared to comment.
Penley, Constance. "Feminism, Psychoanalysis, and the Study of Popular Culture." Cultural Studies. Edited by Lawrence Grossberg, Cary Nelson, and Paula A. Treichler. New York, NY: Routledge, 1991, pp. 479-494. ISBN: 9780415903455.
In addition to reading these two articles, you must also browse the internet for fan fiction sites (and/or anti fan fiction sites) to familiarize yourself with what the internet has meant for the field of fan behavior that Jenkins and Penley scrutinize so closely and so intelligently in their work.
|19||A visit to the Rare Books Department at the Boston Public Library||(no readings)|
Miller, Laura. "The Best-Seller List as Marketing Tool and Historical Fiction." Book History 3 (2000): 286-304.
Squaires, Claire. Marketing Literature: The Making of Contemporary Writing in Britain. London, UK: Palgrave, 2007, chapter 1. ISBN: 9781403997739.
Brouillette, Sarah. "The Paperback." In The Oxford Companion to the Book. Forthcoming.
|Out of class: Go visit a mega-chain bookstore, and watch You've Got Mail.|
|21||Bookstores, online and off-line||
Class Guest: Laura J. Miller
Miller, Laura J. "Serving the Entertained Consumer: The Multifunction Bookstore." In Reluctant Capitalists: Bookselling and the Culture of Consumption. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2006, pp. 104-139, 258-263. ISBN: 9780226525907.
Gardiner, Juliet. "Reformulating the Reader: Internet Bookselling and its Impact on the Construction of Reading Practices." Changing English 9, no. 2 (October 2002): 161-168.
|22||FADS: reading as social engineering||
Fuller, Danielle, and DeNel Rehberg Sedo. "A Reading Spectacle for the Nation: The CBC and 'Canada Reads'." Journal of Canadian Studies 40, no. 1 (Winter 2006): 5-36.
After reading this article, visit the Library of Congress Web site "One Book" Reading Promotion Projects or find another way to learn about a citywide, regional, or national "mass reading" event that interests you. Learn something about it and come to class prepared to talk about it. See if you can find out who funds the program and who "benefits" from it.
|23||FADS: Harry Potter mania||
Nel, Philip. "Is There a Text in this Advertising Campaign?: Literature, Marketing, and Harry Potter." The Lion and the Unicorn 29, no. 2 (2005): 236-267.
Waetjen, Jarrod, and Timothy Gibson. "Harry Potter and the Commodity Fetish: Activating Corporate Readings in the Journey from Text to Commercial Intertext." Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 4, no. 1 (March 2007): 3-26.
Bérubé, Michael. "Harry Potter and the Power of Narrative." The Common Review 6, no. 1 (Summer 2007): 15-20.
|24||Research presentations||(no readings)|
|25||Wrapping up||(no readings)|