Monday, January 18, 2010


Spring 2010 | Rhetoric 105

Homo Economicus: Setting the Stage of Enterprising Modernities

Instructor: Dale Carrico, Office Hours, an hour before start of class and by appointment.

Meeting: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3.30-5pm, 223 Dwinelle

Course Site:

Provisional Grade Breakdown: Att/Part 25%; Essaylet/Co-facilitation 30%; Final Essay: 45%

Provisional Schedule of Classes

Week One

January 19 Administrivia
January 21 -- Introductions

Week Two -- George Etherage, The Man of Mode

January 26
January 28 (Hobbes, Hirschman)

Week Three -- William Wycherley, The Country Wife

February 2
February 4 (Bawdy Poems by Rochester, Addison and Steele, Tatler, Spectator)

Week Four -- John Wilmot, the Second Earl of Rochester

February 9 -- Screening Lawrence Dunmore's film, "The Libertine"
February 11

Week Five -- Willian Congreve, The Way of the World

February 16
February 18 (Holland, Canfield)

Week Six -- Richard Sheridan, The School for Scandal

February 23 (The Collier Controversies)
February 25 (Raymond Williams)

Week Seven -- John Gay, The Beggar's Opera

March 2 (Swift, Marx)
March 4 Snippets of Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill, "The Threepenny Opera"

Week Eight -- Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

March 9
March 11 (Sinfeld, Bristow, Lahr)

Week Nine -- Noel Coward, Design for Living

March 16 (More Lahr)
March 18 Noel Coward, Hands Across the Sea

Week Ten | Spring Break

Week Eleven -- Joe Orton, The Good and Faithful Servant

March 30
April 1 (Adorno)

Week Twelve -- Joe Orton, Entertaining Mr. Sloane

April 6 (Debord)
April 8 (Still more Lahr)

Week Thirteen -- Bowie

April 13 Todd Haynes, "Velvet Goldmine" (selections from the film)
April 15 (Buckley, Hebdige, Sontag)

Week Fourteen -- Jennifer Saunders, Absolutely Fabulous

April 20 "Iso Tank" (Harvey)
April 22 "Death"

Week Fifteen

April 27 "Doorhandle" (More Harvey)
April 29 Conclusion

Week Sixteen | R R R

May 6 (and also by appointment) -- Marathon Office Hours

Hand In Final Essay by Tuesday, May 11 either directly into my hands or via e-mail.