FMA 1202F: Heroism and Society
(No notes for seminars 8-10 - those sessions devoted to presentations and discussions)
There are no compulsory secondary readings for this module, the idea being to pursue your own readings as your interests develop and as your ideas take you. The following texts are just some suggestions, organized topically so that you can have a bit more structured reading according to some of the ideas I raise during class. I stress that you are free to follow your own reading interests instead of following any of the suggestions below; or else you might start with some of the suggestions below and then pursue more readings on that topic if the topic really interests you. The point is that Freshman Seminar facilitates and allows for you to pursue your own particular interests by “taking off” from points made during class. So the “suggested readings” are really that: suggestions.
Ideas of the Hero in Society:
Campbell, Joseph The Hero with a Thousand Faces
Campbell, Joseph The Power of Myth
Aristotle The Poetics
Plato The Republic
Frye, Northrop Anatomy of Criticism
Frye, Northrop Jungian Literary Criticism
Auerbach, Nina Our Vampires, Ourselves
Praz, Mario The Romantic Agony
Frazer, J. G. The Golden Bough
Sagall, Robert A. Literary Criticism and Myth
Mark, Margaret The Hero and the Outlaw
Kittelson, Mary Lynn (ed) The Soul of Popular Culture
Jefferson, Ann and David Robey (ed) Modern Literary Theory: A Comparative Introduction
Lentricchia, Frank and Thomas McLaughlin (ed) Critical Terms for Literary Study
Abrams, M. H. A Glossary of Literary Terms
Jameson, Fredric Postmodernism: Or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism
Marx, Karl and Friedrich Engels, Marx and Engels on Literature and Art
Eagleton, Terry Marxism and Literary Criticism
Freud, Sigmund Totem and Taboo
Kristeva, Julia Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection
Bataille, Georges Theory of Religion
Kestner, Joseph A. Sherlock’s Men: Masculinity, Conan Doyle, and Cultural History
Yoshihara, Mari Embracing the East: White Women and American Orientalism
Wilson, C and F Gutierrez Race, Multiculturalism, and the Media
Cunningham, S and J. Sinclair (ed) Floating Lives: The Media and Asian Diasporas
Lodge, David The Modes of Modern Writing
Goffman, Erving Gender Advertisements
Goldman, Robert Reading Ads Socially
Jhally, Sut The Codes of Advertising: Fetishism and the Political Economy of Meaning in the Consumer Society
Barthes, Roland Empire of Signs
Eco, Umberto The Role of the Reader: Explorations in the Semiotics of Texts
Jann, Rosemary The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Detecting Social Order
Amis, Kingsley The James Bond Dossier
Perry, Lewis Boats Against the Current: American Culture Between Revolution and Modernity, 1820-1860
Green, Martin Dreams of Adventure, Deeds of Empire
A Couple of My Related Publications (in case you want to see my methodology—NOT required or even recommended reading! But they might give you a sense of how I approach issues like popular culture, the constructions of race and identity in society)
Goh, Robbie B. H. "Peter O’Donnell, Race Relations and National Identity: The Dynamics of Representation in 1960s and 1970s Britain." Journal of Popular Culture 32: 4 (1999), 29-43.
Goh, Robbie B. H. "Consuming Spaces: Clive Barker, William Gibson and the Cultural Poetics of Postmodern Fantasy." Social Semiotics 10:1 (2000), 21-40.
Goh, Robbie B. H. "Reading Holmes: Capital and the Sign of the Market in The Hound of the Baskervilles." Semiotica 160-1/4 (2006), 95-114.
Goh, Robbie B. H. "Diaspora and Violence: Cultural/Spatial Production, Abjection and Exchange." Asian Diasporas: Cultures, Identities, Representations, ed. Robbie B. H. Goh and Shawn Wong. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2004, pp. 33-52.
Goh, Robbie B. H. “Cyberasian: Science, Hybridity, Modernity, and the Asian Body.” Contemporary Asian Modernities: Transnationality, Interculturality, and Hybridity, ed. Yiu-Wai Chu and Eva Kit-Wah Man. Bern: Peter Lang, 2010.