Those registering for next Spring 2009, English 302N15 (Tues,
7:20-10:00 pm, Enterprize 174), 201.73 (Thurs, 4:30-7:10 pm, Robinson A210)
may want to have an idea of what we will read
and watch, and what we will write about. I provide the following for
anyone who registers for these sections for these coming terms and
wants to read ahead. The lists do not contain all the online materials we will use.
Advanced Composition on the Natural Sciences and Technology
- English 302N15 (Tues,7:20-10:00 pm, Enterprize 174)
List of books & Online Reading (in the order we will read them)
- Trimble, John. Writing with Style: Conversations on the art of writing. NJ:
Prentice-Hall, 1999. Second edition. ISBN 0-13-025713-3.
- Feynman, Richard and Ralph Leighton. Surely You're Joking, Mr Feynman!
NY: Norton, 1997. ISBN 0-393-31604-1.
- Feynman, Richard and Ralph Leighton. "What Do YOU Care What Other People
Think?" NY: Norton, 2001. ISBN 0-393-32092-8.
- Sobel, Dava. Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of his Time. NY: Penguin, 1995. ISBN 0140258795
- John McPhee, The Control of Nature. NY: Farrar, Strauss and
Giroux, 1988. ISBN: 0374522596
Jacquetta Hawkes, "Digression on Rocks, Soils, and Men"
from A Land. Boston: Beacon Press, 1951. Google book selection.
- LeCarre, John. The Constant Gardener. NY: Scribner,
2005. The trade
paperback is preferred: ISBN 10-0743287207. But
any edition will do.
Marcia Angell, "The Body Hunters", New York Review of Books, 52:15, October 16, 2005. A review of book and film and
researched essay on politics and the pharmaceutical industry.
- Marcia Angell, "Your
Dangerous Drugstore", New York Review of Books, 53:10 (June 8, 2006).
- Marcia Angel "Drug Companies and Doctors: A Story of Corruption", New York Review of Books, 56:1(January 15, 2009)
- Bok, Derek. "Academic Values and the Lure of Profit", Chronicle of Higher Education, 49:30 (4 April 2003): B7-9
- Gawande, Atul. Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an
Imperfect Science. New York: Picador, 2002. ISBN 0312421702
- Atul Gawande, The Bell Curve: What happens when patients find out how good their doctors really are?", The New Yorker, December 6, 2004.
Atul Gawande, "Piecework: Medicine's Money Problem", The New Yorker, April 4, 2005.
Atul Gawande, "The Score: How childbirth went industrial", The New Yorker, October 9, 2006, 59-67.
Atul Gawande, "The Way We Age Now", The New Yorker, April 30, 2007
- Atul Gawande, "Getting There from Here: How should Obama reform health care (alternate title: "How health-care reform really happens"), The New Yorker, January 26, 2009.
- Edson, Margaret. Wit: A Play. New York: Faber and Faber, 1999. ISBN 0- 571-
- Caine, Jeffrey. The Constant Gardener: The Shooting Script. NY: Newmarket Press, 2006. ISBN 155704712X.
- Ralph Leighton's The Last Journey of a Genius. Produced by Christopher Sykes. A BBC/NOVA film, January 1989. This is a film portrait biography of Richard Feynman by Christopher Sykes and Ralph Leighton. It contains interviews of Richard Feynman (plus news film clips). 54 minutes.
- Longitude, adapted from Dava Sobel's book by Dava Sobel and Charles Sturridge, who also directed. Producer Selwyn Roberts. A 2000 A&E film. 4 episodes of 250 minutes altogether. Starring Jeremy Irons as Rupert Gould, Michael Gambon as John Harrison, Gemma Jones as Elizabeth Harrison, Peter Vaughn as George Graham, Nigel Davenport as Sir Charles Pelham, Liam Jennings as Young William Harrison and Ian Hart as William Harrison as an adult, Anna Chancellor as Muriel Gould, John Wood as Sir Edmund Halley, and Bill Nighy as Lord Sandwich.
- Christopher Hale's In Search of the First Language. A 1997 Horizon, WGBH, BBC-TV film. Narrated Peter Thomas. Editors include Adam de Van, Jana Bennet. 60 minutes.
- The Constant Gardener, from screenplay by Jeffrey Caine (based on LeCarre's novel), directed by Fernando Meirelles, produced by Simon Channing-Williams. A Scion and UK Film. Starring Ralph Fiennes as Justin Quayle, Rachel Weisz as Tessa Quayle, Hubert Kounde as Arnold Bluhm, Danny Huston as Sandy Woodrow, Bill Nighy as Sir Bernard Pellegrin. 129 minutes.
- Wit, HBO film, made for TV, from a screenplay by Emma Thompson and Mike Nichols, adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning play by Margaret Edson. Directed by Mike Nichols, produced by Simon Bosanquet. Starring Emma Thompson as Vivan Bearing, Christopher Lloyd as Dr. Kelekian, Eileen Atkins as E.M. Ashford, Audra McDonald as Susie Monahan, Jonathan M. Woodward as Jason Posner, Harold Pinter as Vivian's Father, and Rebecca Laurie as Vivian aged 5. 98 minutes. A professor is diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer.
Reading and Writing about Texts: Gothics, Realism and Other Worlds
- English 201.73 (Tues, 4:30-7:10 pm, Robinson A210)
List of books & Online Reading (in the order we will read them)
- Wharton, Edith. Online etext of "Afterward:" "Afterward", also at "Afterward" (read aloud and another online etext).
- Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, ed., introd., notes Maurice Hindle. Penguin, 1992 ISBN 0-14-043362-7
- Stevenson, Robert Louis. Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, afterward Vladmir Nabokov. NY: Signet, 2003. ISBN 978-0451528957.
- Martin, Valerie. Mary Reilly. NY: Vintage, 2001. ISBN 978-0375725999
- Dangarembgas, Tsitsi. Nervous Conditions. Oxfordshire:
Ayebia Clarke Publishing 2004. 9780954702335
- Toibin, Colm. The Blackwater Lightship. NY: Scribner, 1999. 0743203313.
- Lahiri, Jhumpa. The Namesake. NY: Houghton Mifflin, 2003. ISBN 9780618485222.
- McEwan, Ian. Atonement. NY: Anchor, 2001. 9780307388841.
- Charnas, Suzy McKee. The Vampire Tapestry. Orb, 2008. ISBN 978-0765320827
- Faber, Michel. Under the Skin. NY: Harvest, 2001. ISBN 978-0156011600
List of required movies
- "Afterward" from the TV series Shades of Darkness. 1985 Granada TV. Produced by June Wyndham-Davis, directed by Simon Langton, screenplay Alfred Shaughnessy. Starring Kate Harper, Michael Shannon, Penelope Lee, John Grillo, Rolf Saxon. 60 minutes.
- Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. 1994 Tristar Pictures. Produced and directed by Kenneth Branagh; screenplay Steph Layd and Frank Darabout. Starring Robert De Niro, Kenneth Branagh, Helena Bonham Carter, John Cleese, Ian Holm, Aidan Quinn. 123 minutes.
- Mary Reilly. 1996 Tristar Pectures. Produced by Norma Heyman, director, Stephen Frears; screenplay Christopher Hampton (from an earlier screenplay by Roman Polanski). Starring Julia Roberts, John Malkovich, Michael Gambon, Glenn Close, George Cole, Kathy Staff, Michael Sheen, Bronagh Gallagher, Linda Bassett, Henry Goodman, Ciarhan Hinds. Original Music: George Fenton. 108 minutes.
- Namesake. 2006 Fox. Produced and directed by Mira Nair, screenplay Sooni Taraporevala. Starring Tabu, Kal Penn, Irrfan Khan, Jacinda Barrett, Zuleikha Robinson, Sahiri Nair. 122 minutes.
- Atonement. 2007 Working Title/Universal. Produced by Tim Bevan, directed by Joe Wright, screenplay Christopher Hampton. Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Saoirse Ronan, Harriet Walter, Brenda Blethyn, Juno Temple, Benedict Cumberbatch. 123 minutes.
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