Monday, 3/31

Introduction to course; Baudelaire, selections from “The Flowers of Evil”; William Blake, selections from Songs of Experience


Wednesday, 4/2

Ibsen, Ghosts (CW), read whole play

Chris Jenks, “Whither Transgression?” (CW—short article)

Julian Wolfreys, “Introduction: Transgressions or, Beyond the Obvious” (CW—short article)



Sign up for presentation topics/texts in the second week of class (you can send Marina email with two or three preferred topics/texts or sign up on the sheet we’ll be circulating in class on Monday).

Monday, 4/7

Oscar Wilde, Salomé (CW), read whole play

Powerpoint presentation: “Salome in Visual Art,” please view before class on Monday

Optional reading: Dierkes-Thrun, ch.1 from Salome’s Modernity: Oscar Wilde and the Aesthetics of Transgression (CW)


Wednesday, 4/9

Prof. Dierkes-Thrun at a conference in London—possible library research session today, or class session led by Marina Zilbergerts. Details TBA.

Online presentation to be posted this week:  Burroughs, Naked Lunch (posted by ‘Loy’s Baedeker’)



Monday, 4/14

Milton and the Satan theme (readings TBA, will be on CW)


Wednesday, 4/16

Flaubert, Madame Bovary, part I (read ahead into part II as far as you can—this is a substantial novel!)

 Online presentations to be posted this week:  Kishwar Naheed’s poetry (posted by ‘Sultan Jahan Begum’); Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five (posted by ‘Nora’)



Monday, 4/21

Flaubert, Madame Bovary, parts II and III

Wednesday, 4/23

BLAST (excerpts on a handout I’ll bring to class); F.T. Marinetti, The Futurist Manifesto (CW);  NOTE, NEW (instead of Mina Loy): Valentine de Saint Point, The Futurist Manifesto of Woman  (CW)

Bakhtin’s “Carnival and Carnivalesque” from Rabelais and his World (selections, CW)

Optional reading: Introduction to Peter Stallybrass and Allon White, The Politics and Poetics of Transgression (CW)

Optional viewing: Powerpoint on Futurist Art (check your email for Google Drive link–file too big to upload to CW, unfortunately)

Online presentations to be posted this week:  George Orwell, Brave New World (posted by  ‘Chip Delany’)



Monday, 4/28

T.S. Eliot, “The Hollow Men” (CW); Gertrude Stein,“Composition as Explanation”  (essay, CW) and “Sacred Emily” (long poem, CW)

Optional readings:

Introduction to Gertrude Stein (website)

Brief scholarly article on Stein’s “Composition as Explanation” (CW)

Catherine Stimpson’s article on Stein’s queer somagrams (CW)

Wednesday, 4/30

James Joyce, Ulyssesexcerpts: Part 1 (chapters 1-3: Telemachus, Nestor, Proteus) and chapter 13 (Nausicaa).

Please read these  chapters either at the online link from Columbia University provided above, which has excellent annotations and is really helpful in reading this difficult text, or from the text-only version on CW (if you prefer to print out the text).

Optional reading (through SUNet link):

Joyce: A Guide for the Perplexed

Optional viewing:

A documentary to Ulysses (good introduction, less than 1 hour long)

A documentary on Joyce in Trieste and the Ulysses trial (less than 1 hour)

 Online presentations to be posted this week:  Marquis de Sade, Philosophy in the Bedroom (posted by ‘er’); Erica Jong, Fear of Flying (posted by ‘angsang’)



Monday, 5/5

Georges Bataille, “Madame Edwarda” (CW)

Michel Foucault, “A Preface to Transgression” (CW)

Anna Katharina Schaffer, Modernism and Perversion, selected excerpts on Bataille (handout in class on Monday)


Wednesday, 5/7

Paul Celan, “Death Fugue” (CW)

Eugene Ionesco, The Chairs (CW)

Adorno, excerpts from “Cultural Criticism and Society” (CW)


Online presentations to be posted this week:  Leon Tolstoy’s Kreutzer Sonata (posted by ‘Madame Oshey’)



Monday, 5/12

Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita (Part 1, pp. 9-142, plus Notes in the back as needed–try to read ahead into Part 2 so there’s enough time to finish the novel by Wednesday! The Notes start on p. 319 of our edition.)


Wednesday, 5/14

Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita (Part 2 to end, pp. 145-309, plus Notes in the back as needed)

Online presentations to be posted this week: Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice (posted by ‘Alcibiades’)



Monday, 5/19

Allen Ginsberg, “Howl” (CW)

Selections from Andrea Juno (ed.), Angry Women, special issue of the journal RE/SEARCH (interviews with women performance artists and writers whose work was censored or defunded): Introduction, Diamanda Galas, Kathy Acker

Read all online presentations posted thus far (click on “Online Presentations” under Categories in the column to the right to get to them)

Online presentations to be posted this week:  Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange (posted by ‘ALA’)


Wednesday, 5/21

Samuel Delany, excerpts from Hogg (CW); Kathy Acker, excerpts from Empire of the Senseless (CW)l; Tim Dean, “The Erotics of Transgression” (CW)



Monday, 5/26             MEMORIAL DAY—NO CLASS

Wednesday, 5/28

Alison Bechdel, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic



Twitter role-play to take place one day this week—details TBA.

Monday, 6/2

Open topic—work on your final projects; optional meetings with me and/or Marina. Final paper/project outlines due today.


Wednesday, 6/4

Informal class conference and celebration


FINALS WEEK (Friday, June 6-Wednesday, June 11)

Final papers/projects due on or before Saturday, 6/7, at 12 noon, via email to both and, or posted on our blog.



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