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ENG  181-­‐003:  Writing  about  Literature  

Instructor:  Lisa  Chinn  
 
 
 
Spring  2013  
Time:  MWF  11:45-­‐12:35  
Place:  Callaway,  N204  
Email:  lchinn@emory.edu  
Office  Hours:  Mondays  12:45-­‐2;  Wednesdays  12:45-­‐2  at  Steady  Hand  Pour  House  
Class  website:  English  181:Notes  from  the  Underground  can  be  found  here:  
http://www.lisachinn.com/sample-­‐page/eng-­‐181-­‐writing-­‐about-­‐literature/  
 
Texts:    
 
Line  by  Line:  How  to  Edit  Your  Own  Writing.  Claire  Kehrwald  Cook.  Modern  Language  Association  of  
America,  1985.  
 
Writing  in  Response.  Matthew  Parfitt.  Bedford/  St.  Martins,  2012.  
 
All  other  materials  will  be  in  pdf  form  on  the  class  website  or  emailed  to  you  a  week  in  advance.  
 
Course  Objectives:    
 
What  is  a  text?  What  does  it  mean  to  read?  How  do  we  read  texts  that  are  not  in  the  traditional  form  of  a  
book,  newspaper  article,  or  even  the  newer  tradition  of  online  publication?  This  writing  intensive  course  
will  examine  little  magazines  and  other  ephemera  of  the  20th  and  21st  centuries  that  change  the  way  
individuals  interact  with  various  forms  of  print  and  digital  cultures.  My  goal  for  you  is  to  come  away  
from  this  class  knowing  how  to  critically  think,  how  to  translate  critical  thinking  into  critical  writing,  and  
how  to  write  persuasive  sentences,  paragraphs,  and  essays.  Along  the  way,  you  will  also  learn  to  use  
tools  that  will  help  in  your  journey  through  college,  namely,  using  tools  like  Digital  Storytelling,  Google  
Maps,  timelines,  and  other  digital  modes  of  expression.  
 
I  focus  English  181  on  developing  reading,  writing,  and  critical  thinking  skills  to  prepare  you  for  future  
academic  writing  and  digital  intelligence.  We  will  examine  Little  Magazines  and  webzines  in  the  hopes  
that  you  will  come  away  from  the  class  with  a  better  knowledge  of  cultural  production,  the  avant-­‐garde,  
and  such  notions  as  publics,  counterpublics,  and  subcultures.  These  skills  are  invaluable  for  you  future  
academic  endeavors,  thus  attendance  and  participation  are  two  key  components  to  your  success  in  class.  
And  developing  solid  research  skills  will  keep  you  from  any  problems  with  plagiarism.    
 
Class  Format:  
 
Participation  and  discussion  are  two  major  components  of  this  course.  Thus,  if  you  have  more  than  three  
absences,  your  grade  will  automatically  fall  one  letter  grade.  If  you  have  more  than  six  absences,  you  will  
automatically  get  an  “F”  for  the  course.  If  you  cannot  meet  these  requirements,  I  encourage  you  to  drop  
the  course  before  the  end  of  the  “Add/  Drop”  period.  If  you  arrive  fifteen  minutes  late,  you’ll  
automatically  be  counted  absent.  
 
 

Technology  policy:  
While  I  encourage  you  to  bring  your  laptop,  iPad,  or  other  reading  device  to  class,  I  do  not  allow  phones  
(smart  or  otherwise)  in  the  classroom.  You  will  turn  off  you  phones  for  the  duration  of  class.  If  I  see  you  
using  your  phone  or  attempting  to  use  your  phone,  you  will  be  automatically  dismissed  from  class  and  
receive  no  participation  points  for  the  day.  
 
Academic  Honesty  Policy:  
Emory  University  is  committed  to  academic  integrity  in  all  its  practices.  The  faculty  value  intellectual  
integrity  and  a  high  standard  of  academic  conduct.  Activities  that  violate  academic  integrity  undermine  
the  quality  and  diminish  the  value  of  educational  achievement.  Cheating  on  papers,  tests,  or  other  
academic  works  is  a  violation  of  Emory  rules.  No  student  shall  engage  in  behavior  that,  in  the  judgment  
of  the  instructor  of  the  class,  may  be  construed  as  cheating.  This  may  include,  but  is  not  limited  to,  
plagiarism  or  other  forms  of  academic  dishonesty  such  as  the  acquisition  without  permission  of  tests  or  
other  academic  materials  and/or  distribution  of  these  materials  and  other  academic  work.  This  includes  
students  who  aid  and  abet  as  well  as  those  who  attempt  such  behavior.  The  instructor  reserves  the  right  
to  use  the  resources  of  the  College  to  check  student  work  for  plagiarism.  
Assignments:  
Timeline  on  Dipity.com,  research  three  Little  Magazines,  building  a  website,  report  on  historical  
documents,  writing  your  own  manifesto,  digital  storytelling  project,  along  with  research  paper  and  the  
end  of  term,  and  blogs.  
 
Evaluation:  
 
Assignment  sequence  #1:                                
 
 
 
15%  final  grade  
 
Assignment  sequence  #2:    
 
 
 
 
 25%  final  grade  
 
Assignment  sequence  #3:    
 
 
 
 
 25%  final  grade  
 
Digital  Storytelling:    
 
 
 
 
 
10%  final  grade  
 
Final  research  paper:  
 
 
 
 
 
15%  final  grade  
 
Blogs,  attendance,  participation:    
 
 
 
10%  final  grade  
 
Emory  University  Grading  Scale:  
 
 
A=4.0  A-­‐=3.7  B+=3.3  B=3.0  B-­‐=2.7  C+=2.3  C=2.0  C-­‐=1.7  D+=1.3  D=1.0  F=0.0  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Class  Schedule:  
 
Date:   Reading  Assignments:  
 

Unit  1:  Modernism:  Futurism,  
“High”  modernism,  vorticism,  
Imagism  

Due  Dates  and  In-­‐Class  Activities:  
 

 
1/16  

 

Introduction  to  Little  Magazines  

1/18  

“How  to  Read  a  Magazine”:  
http://dl.lib.brown.edu/mjp/tea
ching/introduction/intro3_howt
o.html  
 
MLK  Day-­‐  NO  CLASS  

The  Dial;  visit  from  MARBL  

1/21  

 

1/23  

-­‐From  Bornstein’s  Material  
The  Dial;  visit  from  David  Morgen  
Modernism:  “How  to  read  a  page:  
modernism  and  material  
textuality”  
-­‐Parfitt:  Introduction,  1-­‐18  

1/25  

Benjamin, Walter “The Work of The  Dial  
Art in the Age of Mechanical
Reproduction”
-Parfitt: “Reading with a
Purpose,” 19-43  
http://dl.lib.brown.edu/mjp/ren BLAST  

1/28  

der.php?view=mjp_object&id=mj
p.2005.00.094  

-Parfitt: “Active Reading” 4452  
1/30  

2/1  

2/4  

 “Small  Magazines,”  by  Ezra  
Pound  

-Parfitt: “Active Reading” 5255  
Janet Lyon, “Strange
Bedfellows: Suffragettes and
Vorticists before the War”
-Parfitt: “Active Reading” 5662  
From  Bornstein’s  Material  
Modernism:  “Pressing  women:  
Marianne  Moore  and  the  
networks  of  modernism”  

BLAST  

BLAST  and  Exile  

The  Little  Review  

2/6  

2/8  
2/11  
2/13  

-Parfitt: “Further Strategies” 6368  
Alan Golding, “The Dial, the
Little Review, and the Dialogics
of Modernism,” American
Periodicals 15.1 (2005): 42-55.
-Parfitt: “Further Strategies” 6984  
-Parfitt: “Further Strategies” 8489  
-Parfitt: “Writing to Discover
and Develop Ideas” 91-110  
Anne E. Carroll, “Protest and
Affirmation: Composite Texts
in the Crisis,”
American Literature 76.1
(March 2004): 89-116.

The  Little  Review  

The  Little  Review  
The  Black  Cat/  The  Experimental  Review  
The  Crisis  

2/15  

 From  Carroll’s  Word,  Image,  and   The  Crisis  /  Fire!!  
the  New  Negro:  “The  Importance   Final  Periodical  Report  DUE  
of  Multiple  Identities:  Fire!!  As  
an  Avant-­‐garde  Arts  Magazine”  

 

Unit  2:  Projective  Verse,  the  
Beats,  the  hipster  avant-­‐garde,  
Civil  Rights  

2/18  
2/20  

 
 From  Warner’s  Publics  and  
Counterpublics:  “Introduction”  
http://realitystudio.org/bibliogr
aphic-­‐bunker/yugen  

 

Black  Mountain  Review  
 
Black  Mountain  Review/Yugen  

-Parfitt: “Developing an
Argument” 110-120  
2/22  

 
From  Warner’s  Publics  and  
Counterpublics:  “Publics  and  
Counterpublics”  

Yugen  

-Parfitt: “Developing an
Argument” 120-133  
2/25  

2/27  
3/1  

Lee:  “Avant-­‐Garde  Poetry  as  
Subcultural  Practice:  Mailer  and  
di  Prima’s  Hipster”  

-Parfitt: “Developing an
Argument” 133-150  
-Parfitt: “Organizing the Essay”
150-161  
From  Warner’s  Publics  and  
Counterpublics:  “Styles  of  
Intellectual  Publics”  

The  Floating  Bear  

The  Floating  Bear  
 
Intrepid  
 

3/  4  

-­‐Parfitt:  “Organizing  an  Essay”  
161-­‐170  
-­‐From  All  Poet’s  Welcome  “The  
Aesthetics  of  the  Little”  57-­‐90  

Intrepid;  Gemini  

-Parfitt: “Organizing an Essay”
170-189  
3/6  

3/8  

-­‐From  All  Poet’s  Welcome  “The  
Aesthetics  of  the  Little”  90-­‐122  

-Parfitt: “Organizing an Essay”
190-215  
-Parfitt: “Crafting Sentences”
215-238

Blue  Beat;  Measure  

City  Lights  Journal/  Audit  

3/11-­‐
3/15  

SPRING  BREAK  

 

3/  18  

Silliman,  et  al.:  “Aesthetic  
Tendency  and  the  Politics  of  
Poetry:  A  Manifesto”  

Audit    
 

-Parfitt: “Writing with Style”
239-251  
3/20  

The  Situationist  Manifesto  (pdf)  

http://libcom.org/library/internationale-­‐situationiste  
 

3/22  

Dogme95  manifesto:  
http://cinetext.philo.at/repor
ts/dogme_ct.html  
-Parfitt: “Writing with Style”
251-264  

Second  Assignment  Sequence  DUE  

3/25  

From  Warner’s  Publics  and  
 
Counterpublics:  “The  Mass  Public  
and  the  Mass  Subject”  

3/27  

-Parfitt: “Conducting Research”
267-283  
-Parfitt: “Conducting Research”
284-295  

3/29  
 

Unit  3:  Digital  Subcultures:  
webzines  

4/1  

-Parfitt: “Conducting Research”
296-307  

4/3  

4/5  

Dissent  
Michael  H-­‐M  presentation  
 
 

Poetry  SZ:  
http://www.poetrysz.net/  
 
From  Ernst’s  Digital  Memory  and  the   Santa  Fe  Poetry  Broadside:  
Archive:  “Let  There  Be  Irony:  
http://sfpoetry.org/  
Cultural  History  and  Media  
 
Archeology  in  Parallel  Lines”  (pdf)  
-Parfitt: “Conducting Research” The  Drunken  Boat:  
308-318  
http://www.thedrunkenboat.com/  

 
4/8  

The  Transcendental  Friend:  
http://www.morningred.com/friend/  
 

4/19  

The  Transcendental  Friend:  
http://www.morningred.com
/friend/  
-Parfitt: “Conducting Reserch”
319-328  
Moria,  a  poetry  journal:  
http://www.moriapoetry.com
/    
-Parfitt: “Documentation” 329346  
Photojournale  
http://www.photojournale.co
m/  
-Parfitt: “Documentation” 347352  
Perihelion:  
http://webdelsol.com/Perihel
ion/  
-Parfitt: “Documentation” 353362  
Maverick  Magazine:  
http://www.maverickmagazi
ne.com/  
 

4/22  

 

Digital  Storytelling  project  presentations  

4/24  

Field  Trip!  Atlanta  Zine  
Library  

 

4/26  

 

Digital  storytelling  project  presentations  

4/29  

 

Digital  storytelling  project  presentations  

5/13  

End  of  Term  

 

4/10  

4/12  

4/15  

4/17  

Moria,  a  poetry  journal:  
http://www.moriapoetry.com/  
 
Photojournale  
http://www.photojournale.com/  
 
Perihelion:  
http://webdelsol.com/Perihelion/  
DUE:  Manifesto  on  website  
Maverick  Magazine:  http://www.maverickmagazine.com/  
 
Digital  storytelling  project  presentations  

 
 
 
 
Resources  
Course  Accessibility  Statement:  
Emory  University  seeks  to  provide  effective  services  and  accommodations  for  individuals  with  

documented  disabilities.  If  you  need  an  accommodation  because  of  a  documented  disability,  you  are  
required  to  register  with  the  Office  of  Disability  Services  at  the  beginning  of  the  semester.  If  you  will  
require  assistance  during  an  emergency  evacuation,  notify  your  instructor  immediately.  Look  for  
evacuation  procedures  posted  in  your  classrooms.  Please  contact  the  Office  of  Disability  Services  by  
phone:  404-­‐727-­‐9877  or  by  email:  www.ods.emory.edu  
 
Emory  Writing  Center:  
The  Emory  Writing  center  offers  tutoring  and  writing  instruction  as  well  as  clarification  for  assignments.  
You  are  highly  encouraged  to  visit  the  writing  center  on  a  regular  basis.  The  writing  center  is  located  in  
N212  Callaway.  You  can  also  reach  them  by  phone:  404-­‐727-­‐6451.  Their  website  is  
www.writingcenter.emory.edu.  The  center  is  open  M-­‐Th  10-­‐8,  F  10-­‐3,  and  Sun.  1-­‐8.  
 
International  Student  Academic  Center:    
 
If  you  are  an  international  student  working  with  English  as  a  your  second  language,  I  encourage  you  to  
take  advantage  of  the  International  Student  Academic  Center,  located  at  SAAC  310  on  the  Clairmont  
Campus.    Tutoring,  workshops,  and  groups  to  practice  English  conversation  and  other  skills  are  available.    
Contact  Jane  O’Connor  (jcoconn@emory.edu)  or  Denise  Alvarez  (denise.alvarez@emory.edu).  Their  
website  is:  http://www.epass.emory.edu  and  select  “ESL.”  
 
 
 
 

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