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Course Timetable



Léon Carré: Tarot of the 1001 Nights


2017

Semester 1:

Internal & Distance

Semester Dates (Massey University):
  • Beginning of Semester 1 (Wk 1): Monday 27/2/17
  • Mid-semester Break: Monday 10/4 - Friday 21/4/17
  • End of Teaching (Wk 12): Friday 2/6/17

Bibliography Key:
  • [AN] = The Arabian Nights. The Husain Haddawy Translation Based on the Text Edited by Muhsin Mahdi: Contexts, Criticism. 1990 & 1995. Ed. Daniel Heller-Roazen. A Norton Critical Edition. New York & London: W. W. Norton & Company, 2010.
  • [CB] = 139.329: Advanced Fiction Writing Course Book of Readings



[Wk 1] - Section 1:
Introduction
Paratext

Anthology texts to read:
  • "The Story of King Shahryar and Shahrazad" (1990) [AN 5-18]
  • Martin Armstrong, "Sombrero" (1929) [CB 9-22]
  • Josef Horovitz, "The Origins of The Arabian Nights" (1927) [AN 386-409]

Workshop 1: Introduction to Exercises 1-5



[Wk 2] - Section 2:
The Fantastic (i)
The Psychology of Fantasy

Anthology texts to read:
  • "The Story of The Fisherman and the Demon" (1990) [AN 30-65]
  • Tzvetan Todorov, "Narrative-Men" (1971) [AN 443-53]

Workshop 2: Fiction Exercise 1: faking sincerity



[Wk 3] - Section 3:
The Fantastic (ii)
How Do You Write a Ghost Story?

Anthology texts to read:
  • M. R. James, "‘Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad’" (1904) [CB 25-39]
  • Edgar Allan Poe, "The Imp of the Perverse" (1845) [CB 41-45]
  • Tzvetan Todorov, "The Uncanny and the Marvelous" (1970) [CB 47-52]

Workshop 3: Fiction Exercise 2: ghost story



[Wk 4] - Section 4:
Magic Realism (i)
The Politics of Representation

Anthology texts to read:
  • "The Story of the Three Apples" (1990) [AN 148-202]
  • Andras Hamori, "A Comic Romance from The Thousand and One Nights: The Tale of Two Viziers" (1983) [AN 453-70]

Workshop 4: Fiction Exercise 3: psychology



[Wk 5] - Section 5:
Magic Realism (ii)
Deciphering the Tropics

Anthology texts to read:
  • Gabriel García Márquez, "Monologue of Isabel Watching It Rain in Macondo" (1955) [CB 55-60]
  • Alice Tawhai, "Damnation Circus" (2007) [CB 66-70]
  • Witi Ihimaera et al., "Te Ao Mārama, vol. 3: Kaupapa" (1993) [CB 62-64]

Workshop 5: Fiction Exercise 4: parody



[Wk 6] - Section 6:
Metafiction (i)
The Philosophy of Being

Anthology texts to read:
  • "The Story of The Porter and the Three Ladies" (1990) [AN 66-148]
  • Jack Ross, "The Poetics of Stasis in The 1001 Nights" (2004) [CB 99-106]

Workshop 6: Fiction Exercise 5: sampling



MID-SEMESTER BREAK:
10/4-21/4/17




[Wk 7] - Section 7:
Metafiction (ii)
How to Be Somewhere and Nowhere

Anthology texts to read:
  • Jorge Luis Borges, "The Garden of Forking Paths" (1941) [CB 79-86]
  • Tim Corballis, "The Search for the Third Thing" (2006) [CB 88-97]
  • Roland Barthes, "The Death of the Author" (1967) [CB 73-77]

Workshop 7: Critical Skills (i): Analysing a Story




Due in end of week 7:
Asst 1: Praxis Portfolio (20%)




[Wk 8] - Section 8:
Collage & Cut-ups (i)
Textual Paranoia

Anthology texts to read:
  • "The Story of the Hunchback" (1990) [AN 203-60]
  • Richard F. Burton, trans., "Conclusion to The Hunchback’s Tale" (1885) [CB 109-11]
  • David Pinault, "Story-Telling Techniques in the The Arabian Nights" (1992) [AN 504-19]

Workshop 8: Critical Skills (ii)



[Wk 9] - Section 9:
Collage & Cut-ups (ii)
Cities of the Red Night

Anthology texts to read:
  • Kathy Acker, "The true story of a rich woman" (1975) [CB 113-17]
  • Harold Robbins, "1973: The End of Summer" (1974) [CB 119-26]
  • Kathy Acker / Harold Robbins, "Fusion" (1989) [CB 127-35]
  • Kathy Acker, "Humility – History of the Ban: Dead Doll" (1990) [CB 137-48]

Workshop 9: Creative Portfolio (i)





Due in end of week 9:
Asst 2: Essay (30%)




[Wk 10] - Section 10:
New Wave (i)
The Power of Speculative Fiction

Anthology texts to read:
  • The Story of Sindbad the Sailor" (1995) [AN 303-49]
  • Jerome W. Clinton, "Madness and Cure in the 1001 Nights" (1985) [AN 485-99]

Workshop 10: Creative Portfolio (ii)



[Wk 11] - Section 11:
New Wave (ii)
Dangerous Visions

Anthology texts to read:
  • Philip K. Dick, "I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon" (1985) [CB 151-65]
  • Breton Dukes, "The Herd" (2007) [CB 167-72]
  • Stanislaw Lem, "Philip K. Dick: A Visionary among the Charlatans" (1984) [CB 174-90]

Workshop 11: Creative Portfolio (iii)



[Wk 12] - Section 12:
Conclusion
The Point of an Ending

Anthology texts to read:
  • Richard F. Burton, trans., "Conclusion to the Nights" (1885) [CB 193-200]
  • Heinz Grotzfeld, "Neglected Conclusions of the Arabian Nights: Gleanings in Forgotten and Overlooked Recensions" (1985) [AN 470-85]
  • Abdelfattah Kilito, "The Eye and the Needle" (1992) [AN 500-04]

Workshop 12: Creative Portfolio (iv)




Due in end of week 13:
Asst 3: Creative Portfolio (50%)



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