ENG 6018-901 (Ref 0854) & ENG 6018-777 (Ref 6587)
Spring 1996

Professor Phillip Sipiora (with David Erben)

Internet:        sipiora@chuma.cas.usf.edu & erben@chuma.cas.usf.edu

Voice Mail:      813-974-9473          Secretary:       813-974-9458
Department:      813-974-2421          fax:             813-974-2270
Class Web Page:  http://www.cas.usf.edu/~sipiora/metaphor.html
Class Listserv:  metaphor-l@nosferatu.cas.usf.edu
Pre-Lectures:    http://www.cas.usf.edu/~sipiora/lectures/lecture1.html

Theories of Metaphor and Contemporary Latin American Fiction

Class Home Page

Tuesday 6-9pm                                                 CPR 202
Electronic Activities
Required Texts
Topics and Readings
Class Requirements

The first half of this course will examine contemporary theories of metaphor, ranging from semiotic approaches to historical explanations to "deconstructive" strategies of reading. The second half of the course will apply these theories to the works of Borges, Fuentes, Garcia Marquez, and Paz. Each week a truncated version of the week's lecture will appear on the Web page for the course. All students, on-site and distant, are encouraged to review the weekly outline prior to the class meeting. Transcripts of each week's electronic discssion will be posted to the class Web page.

Electronic Activities
Extensive computer is not necessary for participation in this course. For students physically in attendance, each class meeting in CPR 202 will involve an introductory lecture/oral discussion (approximately 75 minutes) of the week's reading, followed by an electronic MUD discussion of the reading(s) (approximately 60 minutes), which will involve both remote and on-site students. Distant students should make arrangements to use terminals at remote compus sites (Sarasota, Ft. Myers, Lakeland, and St. Petersburg) in order to log in to weekly discussion sessions. It is very difficult, if not impossible, to access the MUD (Seulemonde) through telephone lines at this time of the evening (Tuesdays, 7:45-8:50), so no one should rely on home access for on-line discussions
There will be an open listserv (metaphor@nosferatu.cas.usf.edu), which will offer a vehicle for the ongoing discussion of issues raised in class. Please subscribe as soon as you can by sending the following message to the listserv address (listserv@nosferatu.cas.usf.edu):

subscribe metaphor-l your first and last names

Each member of the class will be expected to offer one substantive reply (100-300 words) each week to a question posed to everyone in the class - a "question of the week." (These responses may also be writeen graphically and sent by fax, campus mail, or snail mail.) If anyone has any questions about any aspect of the course, please write directly to Phillip Sipiora or David Erben (addresses above). Mr. Erben should be contacted for information regarding any technical and/or electronic issues, including difficulties in listserv subscriptions, accessing web page postings, posting listserv comments, and so forth.

Required Texts:

Theoretical Readings:

Selections from Walter Benjamin, Paul de Man, Jacques Derrida, Umberto Eco, Friedrich Nietzsche, Ramon Saldivar and Hayden White.

Literary Readings:

  1. Luis Jorge Borges Ficciones
  2. Anne Friedberg, The Old Gringo, The Death of Artemio Cruz
  3. Gabriel Garcia Marquez Love in the Time of Cholera, One Hundread Years of Solitude
  4. Octavio Paz A Draft of Shadows

Weekly Topics and Readings:

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Week 9

Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Week 13 Week 14 Week 15 Week 16
Class Requirements:

  1. Essay (12-15 pages)
  2. Final Examination
  3. Class Participation
  4. E-Mail Account
  5. Web Access