Course Schedule

Routine for the course

The class will meet for discussion for two hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. We will also meet for two hours on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons for workshops and labs—for a total of twelve hours each week. Major assignments will be due on Fridays, with some of the lab time on Thursday devoted to writing instruction, workshopping and revision.

Using this schedule

All the readings and assignments listed on the schedule should be completed before class on the day they are listed. For example, by class time on the Tuesday of Week One, you should have read all the texts listed under Literary works, Transformations and Scholarship, and you should have completed and submitted the introductory reflection.

Click on a class day to see all of the readings and assignments for that day. Follow the links to the readings and assignments, and click on the buttons for descriptions of the different kinds of readings and advice for how to approach them.

Week One: Canon and transformation
Literary works Nathaniel Hawthorne, “Young Goodman Brown” and “The May-Pole of Merry Mount”
Transformation Kate Beaton, Hark, A Vagrant! “Young Goodman Brown”
Scholarship Lev Grossman, Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World, "Foreword," xi-xiv
Anne Jamison, Fic, “Introduction” and “Writing from Sources,” 3-38
Assignment Introductory reflection
Literary works
and transformations
Theocritus, Idyll 11
Ovid, Metamorphoses, Book 13 (handout)
Homer, Odyssey Book 9 (handout)
Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “Ulysses”
Mallory Ortberg, Texts from Jane Eyre, "Circe," 14-16
Lab readings "Roundtable: What Happened to Tumblr?" The Ringer
"Why Did Fans Flee LiveJournal, and Where Will They Go After Tumblr?", Slate
"How witches took over Tumblr in 2017", The Verge
Lab Getting started with Tumblr
Managing your online identity
Week Two: Arguments about transformation/transformation as argument
Literary works Henry James, Daisy Miller
Transformation Texts From Jane Eyre, "Sherlock Holmes," 52-54
Scholarship Fic, “A Selective History of Media Fandom,” 71-76 and 84-110
Project Possibilities Herman Melville, “Bartleby the Scrivener”
Assignment Blog post
Literary works Charlotte Perkins Gilman, "The Yellow Wallpaper"
Transformation Texts From Jane Eyre, "Daisy Miller, Parts I-VI," 134-135, 137-138, 147-148, 155, 165-166
Scholarship Fic, “A Selective History of Media Fandom,” 111-138
Project Possibilities Edgar Allan Poe, "The Cask of Amontillado"
Assignment Blog post
Literary works T.S. Eliot, "The Love-Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"
Transformation Texts From Jane Eyre, "The Yellow Wallpaper," 109-113
Scholarship Darren Wershler, “Conceptual Writing as Fanfiction,” Fic, 356-371
Lab readings "How copyright is killing your favorite memes", The Washington Post
"Do You Even Meme Bro? The Law of Internet Memes", eMedia Law Insider
"Animated GIFs And Fair Use: What Is And Isn't Legal, According to Copyright Law", Forbes
Lab Creating and using images online
Transformation Texts From Jane Eyre, "J. Alfred Prufrock," 156-160
Scholarship Sarah Mesle, "Srsly." Los Angeles Review of Books
Mallory Ortberg, "The Life of Virginia Woolf, Beloved Chinese Novelist, As Told By David Gilmour," The Toast
Mallory Ortberg, "Male Novelist Jokes," The Toast
Project Possibilities Kate Chopin, "A Pair of Silk Stockings"
Lab Workshop: Comparative Analysis
Assignment Blog post
Week Three: Applications and revisions
Week Four: Transformations
Literary works Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice chapters 1-4 (read alongside Pride and Prejudice and Zombies)
Transformations Seth Grahame-Smith, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (chapters 1-4)
Kate Beaton, Hark, A Vagrant! "Austen Mania"
Scholarship Günter Leypoldt, “Singularity and the Literary Market” (handout)
Jacob Murphy, “Remix Culture and the Literary Mashup”
Assignment Blog post
Transformations Jamie Lenman, Adam Frost and Jim Kynvin, “Edgar Allan Poe Death Scenes,” The Guardian
Vikky Mathieu, “If Edgar Allan Poe Quotes Were Motivational Posters,” Buzzfeed
Scholarship Michael Basseler, “Literary Canons and the Dynamics of Generic Change” (handout)