Is it back to school already? Indeed, it’s time again to open those books (were they open already?) and get those minds racing. We can’t stay in school forever though, so here at Entropy we want to share some awesome, insightful, useful, fantastic, and thought-provoking syllabi, so even if you’re not in class, you can still read along.
Stay tuned these next few weeks as we’ll be featuring a bunch of awesome syllabi to keep your noggins stimulated.
For now, here are 8 awesome syllabi by famous (and less famous) writers that you can find online.
1) David Foster Wallace: English 102 — Literary Analysis 1: Prose Fiction (1994)
A favorite and often-cited syllabus, you can see the entire syllabus and other materials here.
2) Christopher Higgs: Contemporary Literature: 21st Century Horror
Christopher Higgs shares an awesome reading list over at HTMLGIANT, plus links to other awesome reading lists. Um, YES.
3) Susan Howe: Poetics: Sexuality and Space in 17th – 19th Century American Literature (1996)
4) Lynda Barry: The Unthinkable Mind (2013)
Is this the coolest syllabus ever or what?
5) Lily Hoang: MFA Fiction Workshop
Check out the entire syllabus at HTMLGIANT and see if you’d cut it in Lily Hoang’s class.
6) Maggie Nelson: On Color
This Bookforum reading list is really excellent.
7) Donald Barthelme: Reading List
Check out this giant reading list from Donald Barthelme, covering 81 books essential for a literary education. View all the pages here.
8) Gayle M. Salamon: Essay Requirements
Q: Professor S, when is the paper due?
A: It is due right before class starts.
Q: Can I email it to you?
A: Nope. I would like it printed on paper, stapled, sitting in a neat stack on my desk before class starts. (Elsewhere, she writes: “I am not kidding about that staple.” Having taken her class, she is truly not.)
Q: Can I talk to you about my paper?
A: Absolutely yes. Come to my office hour and we’ll chat.
Q: Can I send you a paragraph of my paper to read?
Q: How about a whole page?
Q: How about the whole paper so you can tell me if I’m on the right track?
A: No. But if you want to tell me what your argument is, I can give you feedback.