Monday, May 03, 2004

My Reading Lists

Comps in 120 days.
Here are my lists:

Author: Nietzsche (as psychologist)
Birth of Tragedy
Human, all too Human
Thus Spake Zarathustra
Genealogy of Morality
Beyond Good and Evil
Gay Science
Writings from the Late Notebooks
Ecce Homo

(add a giant helping of writing about N as psych and N & lit)

Genre: Novel as Document
Chopin. The Awakening
Defoe. Journal of the Plague Year
Darnton. The Great Cat Massacre
Dostoyevsky. Crimes and Punishment
Eliot. Felix Holt, the Radical
Faulkner. The Sound and the Fury
Ginzburg. The Cheese and the Worms
Hardy. Jude, the Obscure
Hawthorne. House of the Seven Gables
Joyce. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Kempe. The Book of Margery Kempe
Nabakov. Pale Fire
Saramago. History of the Seige of Lisbon
Tolstoy. Anna Karenina
White. Tropics of Discourse
Bataille, Georges. Blue of Noon
Bronte. Wuthering Heights
Capote. In Cold Blood
Celine. Journey to the End of Night
Dickens. Hard Times

Special Topic: Literature of Illness
Burton. The Anatomy of Melancholy (nyrb edition introduced by William Gass)
Dick. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer
Dickinson. Poems (w/ Susan Howe's My Emily Dickinson)
Dostoyevsky. Brothers Karamazov
Ducasse. Maldoror
Freud. The Schreber Case; The Uncanny
James, Alice. Diary of Alice James.
James, W. The Writings of William James (McDermott, editor)
especially: “Part One: Personal Depression and Recovery”; “The Notion of Consciousness”; “A World of Pure Experience”; “On a Certain Blindness in Human Beings”
Kafka. Metamorphosis
Kharms & Vvedensky. The Man with the Black Coat
Lacan. The Psychoses 1955-1956: The Seminar of Jacques Lacan, Book III
Maupassant. “Le Horla”
Merleau-Ponty. Phenomenology of Perception (especially, Part One: The Body)
Miller, Rachel and Susan Mason, editors. Diagnosis Schizophrenia
Ratcliff, Jason Stuart. Rites of Passage: My Schizophrenic Youth in Mosaic
Rimbaud, Arthur. (Mason translation): especially: A Season in Hell; Illuminations
Sartre, Jean Paul. Nausea
Sass. Madness and Modernism: Insanity in the Light of Modern Art, Literature, and Thought
Schreber. Memoirs of my Nervous Illness
Walser. Selected Stories (Sontag intro)

Period: 1900-1950, American Modernisms
James, H. Spoils of Poynton; “The Jolly Corner”
Pound. Pisan Cantos (Sieburth, ed)
Stein. Three Lives; Making Americans
Wallace Stevens. The Necessary Angel; Harmonium; Ideas of Order
William Carlos Williams. Imaginations
T.S. Eliot. The Wasteland; Landscapes; criticism
William Faulkner. Absalom, Absalom
Richard Wright. Native Son
Ralph Ellison. Invisible Man
Marianne Moore. Selected Poems (1935, intro by Eliot)
Sterling Brown. The Collected Poems of Sterling A Brown.
Langston Hughes. The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes
Alain Locke. The New Negro
Jean Toomer. Cane
James Weldon Johnson. The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man
Charles Olson. “Projective Verse”
Jameson. A Singular Modernity; selections from others
Perloff. Twentieth Century Modernisms
Baker, Jr. Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance

I have a ton of secondary source material available to use, but not encouraged (thankfully) to read too far outside of the determined lists. They're looking for very focused and masterful answers rather than signs of broad or anthologized awareness. I always over-prepare anyway. I am actually excited to write answers. We get a week to write four, ten page answers. I have picked out an old hotel in the canyons above Boulder to escape to in order to write in peace--very cool spot and super-cheap. I am looking forward to that week--to finish--I want to begin work on my dissertation.

This will be a Nietzsche-filled, psychotic summer. A modernist('s) nightmare.

Andrea is thrilled, I'm sure.