July 2006

Studies in Fiction:  Motorcycle Literature, Speed and Masculinities

Katherine Sutherland


THOMSON RIVERS UNIVERSITY
Department of English & Modern Languages

ENGLISH 314 - 3

Studies in Fiction:  Motorcycle Literature, Speed and Masculinities (3,0,0)

Winter 2006

Instructor: Dr. K. Sutherland                                 

Course Description

Of particular relevance for students interested in interarts, gender or culture studies, this course will explore cultural constructions of speed in relation to history, technology, masculinity and marketing, all through representations of motorcycles and riding in literature and film. It might be argued that speed is the dominant cultural value of the twentieth and early twenty-first century; students will be asked to consider how this value is revealed in motorcycle literature and films. 

Texts/Materials

She’s a Bad Motorcycle, ed. Geno Zanetti
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig
The Perfect Vehicle, Melissa Holbrook Pierson
Make Haste, Slowly: The Mike Duff Story, Michelle Duff
Riding with Rilke, Ted Bishop

Student Evaluation

Essay one.................................1000 wds......................................20%
Essay two.................................2000 wds......................................30%
Oral presentation................…..20 min........................................….20%
Final exam.................................3 hrs...........................................….30%

Course Topics

Week 1            Jan 9   Introduction
                           Jan 11 Fulton in She’s a Bad Motorcycle                   

Week 2            Jan 16 Guevara in She’s a Bad Motorcycle                
                           Jan 18 Barger & Coyote in She’s a Bad Motorcycle

Week 3            Jan 23 Easy Rider--film
                           Jan 25 Wolfe & Thompson in She’s a Bad Motorcycle

Week 4            Jan 30 Heidegger readings*
                           Feb 1 Simon & Paulsen in She’s a Bad Motorcycle

Week 5            Feb 6 Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
                           Feb 8 Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Week 6            Feb 13 Girl on a Motorcycle--film
                           Feb15 Lopez & Kushner in She’s a Bad Motorcycle
                           
ESSAY ONE DUE

February 20-24         READING WEEK

Week 7       Feb 27 Make Haste, Slowly: The Mike Duff Story, Michelle Duff
                      Mar 1 Make Haste, Slowly: The Mike Duff Story, Michelle Duff

Week 8       Mar 6 Kierkegaard readings* & Johnson in She’s a Bad Motorcycle                      
                      Mar 8
Haraway reading*

                       TOPIC FOR ESSAY TWO DUE

Week 9         Mar 13 Virillio reading* & McCoy in She’s a Bad Motorcycle
                       
Mar 15 McGuane & Noren in She’s a Bad Motorcycle

Week 10       Mar 20 Faster—film
                        Mar 22 Marcus reading*

 Week 11     Mar 27 Greenfeld in She’s a Bad Motorcycle
                       Mar 29 Futurist Manifesto*

Week 12       April 3 The Perfect Vehicle
                        April 5  The Perfect Vehicle
                       
ESSAY TWO DUE

Week 13       April 10 Riding with rilke
                        April 12 Riding with Rilke

                        *in ‘’English 314 Readings’’ on reserve in library

Late Policy: Essays must be submitted in person in class on the due date; essays not submitted as specified will be considered late. Late papers will receive a grade but no comments or corrections either in writing or in person. Essays will not be accepted after the final class of this course.

Plagiarism

Please see policy in the TRU Calendar and attached description. Where palgiarism is discovered, the student will receive a grade of ‘0’ in the course.

Writing Center

If the Writing Center is recommended at any time, please make an appointment at OM2674 or call 371-5689.

Essay Descriptions

Essay one : Compare two selections from She’s a Bad Motorcycle showing how the same theme is presented differently by two authors. The contrast may be considered in terms of style, content, or both.

Essay two : A topic created by the student must be submitted for approval on March 19.

All essays must conform to MLA style.