Studies in Fiction: Motorcycle Literature, Speed and Masculinities
ENGLISH 314 - 3
Studies in Fiction: Motorcycle Literature, Speed and Masculinities (3,0,0)
Instructor: Dr. K. Sutherland
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.
She’s a Bad Motorcycle, ed. Geno Zanetti
Essay one.................................1000 wds......................................20%
Week 1 Jan 9 Introduction
Week 2 Jan 16 Guevara in She’s a Bad Motorcycle
Week 3 Jan 23 Easy Rider--film
Week 4 Jan 30 Heidegger readings*
Week 5 Feb 6 Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
February 20-24 READING WEEK
Week 7 Feb 27 Make Haste, Slowly: The Mike Duff Story, Michelle Duff
Week 8 Mar 6 Kierkegaard readings* & Johnson in She’s a Bad Motorcycle
TOPIC FOR ESSAY TWO DUE
Week 9 Mar 13 Virillio reading* & McCoy in She’s a Bad Motorcycle
Week 10 Mar 20 Faster—film
Week 11 Mar 27 Greenfeld in She’s a Bad Motorcycle
Week 12 April 3 The Perfect Vehicle
Week 13 April 10 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.
Essay two : A topic created by the student must be submitted for approval on March 19.
All essays must conform to MLA style.