Reading Calendar

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ENGL 200 D: Literature in the Marketplace

Reading Calendar

Unless otherwise noted, you should have readings completed and ready to discuss on the day that they’re listed.

The sources for the readings are always listed directly after them. Most of the sources listed as “Course website” will be PDFs; most of the sources listed as “online” are webpages, and you’ll be annotating them using Diigo. (Instructions for using Diigo will be given in class on Tuesday).

Note: Blog posts are always due by 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

Blog comments are always due by 8 p.m. on Wednesday.


Week 1

M:       Syllabus

T:        “Money,” Gertrude Stein (handout)

W:       Second Treatise of Civil Government, Book II, Ch. 5: Of Property (John Locke)D


R:        “On Credit”  and “On Trade” (Daniel Defoe); “Vision of Public Credit” (Joseph Addison)

(Course website)


Week 2

M:       “The Lady’s Dressing Room” (Jonathan Swift) Online

“The Reasons that Induced Dr. S. to write a Poem called “The Lady’s Dressing Room” (Lady Mary Wortley Montagu) Online:

T:        “The Grumbling Hive,” ll. 1-241 (Bernard Mandeville) (Course website)

W:       “The Grumbling Hive,” ll. 242-end.



Week 3

M:       ETA: HOLIDAY! No class! Happy 4th of July!

T:        “The Thresher’s Labour,” (Stephen Duck) and “The Woman’s Labour” (Mary Collier) (course website)

W:       “Spectator 160” (Monday, September 3rd, 1711), (Joseph Addison) Online:

R:        Assignment for Major Paper #1 Distributed


Week 4

M:       Adam Smith, Theory of Moral Sentiments (excerpt) The Theory of Moral Sentiments (Adam Smith) Paragraphs: I.III.14 through I.III.23; I.III.28-I.III-35 (Please use Diigo to annotate!)

T:        Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations (excerpt)

Book 1, Ch. 1: Of the Division of Labour (Please use Diigo to annotate!)

Book 1, Ch. 2: Of the Principle which gives occasion to the Division of Labour (Please use Diigo to annotate!)

Book 1, Ch. 3: That the Division of Labour is Limited(you only need to read the first two paragraphs!) (Please use Diigo to annotate!)

Book 1, Ch. 5: Of the Real and Nominal Prices of Commodities(highlighted sections only!) (Please use Diigo to annotate!)

W:       no class; group conferences on blogs

R:        no class; group conferences on blogs


Week 5

M:       “Preface to Lyrical Ballads” (William Wordsworth) Online:

T:       “Beggars,” (William Wordsworth)

“The Female Vagrant” (William Wordsworth)

“Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey…” (read ONLY ll. 1-110)

R:          William Blake: The Chimney Sweeper (Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience versions) (please annotate with Diigo!)

WB: The Little Vagabond (please annotate with Diigo!)

Week 6

M:      The German Ideology (excerpt) Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels: pp. 1-6

T:      The German Ideology (excerpt) Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels: pp. 7-12

W:       no class, group conferences on Major Paper #1

R:        no class, group conferences on Major Paper #1



Week 7:

M:       Major Paper #1 due, 5 p.m. Assignment for Major Paper #2 distributed

T:        Goldfinger, Part One: Happenstance (Ian Fleming) (course packet)

W:       Goldfinger, Part Two: Coincidence

R:        Goldfinger, Part Three: Enemy Action



Week 8

M:       Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, chs. 1-5 (Cory Doctorow)

T:        Down and Out, chs. 6-10

W:       Down and Out, discussion continued

R:        “Printcrime” (Cory Doctorow) Online:


Week 9

M:       The “End” of the Book (readings TBA)

Selling a Book By Its Cover” (NYTimes)

Discussion question: what does this tell you about the potential of books to be valuable?

The End” (NYMag)

Discussion question: This article, from approximately three years ago, makes several observations about the state of the book industry, and its future. Do you see things that it got right? That it got wrong? What’s happened since?

In the Future, Everything Will Be Free” (Institute for the Future of the Book)

Final question: do you read books online? Why, or why not? What do you see ereaders, and printed books, as offering you? What influences your ability and choices to buy books? (whether for pleasure, or for school/professional purposes?) What would an ideal book be for you, and why?

T:        no class; group conferences for Paper #2

W:       no class; group conferences for Paper #2

R:        Class wrap-up

F:         Major Paper #2 and Blog portfolio due




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