REQUIRED TEXTS (COURSE READER):
NOTE: The COURSE READER is our main textbook. It comprises short selections from the following sources, all of them available on our Moodle page:
Ferdinand de Saussure, from Course in General Linguistics. Trans. Wade Baskin. Edited by
Perry Meisel and Haun Saussy. New York: Columbia, 2011. 8-12; 32-33.
John Winthrop, from A Model of Christian Charity (1630). In The Puritans in
America, edited by Alan Heimert and Andrew Delbanco. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1985. 82-92.
Thomas Jefferson, “Logan’s Speech,” from Notes on the State of Virginia, Query VI (1787)
Ed. William Peden. Institute of Early American History and Culture at Williamsburg, Virginia. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1955. 62-63.
Jonathan Edwards, “Beauty of the World” (1725). A Jonathan Edwards Reader. Ed. John E. Smith Harry S. Stout, and Kenneth P. Minkema. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1995. 14-15.
Jonathan Edwards, from “A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections”(1746). A Jonathan
Edwards Reader. 141-144.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Language,” Chapter IV of Nature (1849). Ralph Waldo Emerson. Edited by Richard Poirier. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1990. 12-17.
Henry David Thoreau, “Reading.” From Walden (1854). The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau. Intro. By Joyce Carol Oates. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1989. 99-110
Charles Sanders Peirce, “What is a Sign?” (composed 1894). The Essential Peirce: Volume 2.
Edited by The Peirce Edition Project. Indiana University Press, 1998. 4-10
Susan Howe, “Arisbe.” From Pierce-Arrow. New York: New Directions, 1999. 1-30.
H. L. Mencken, “Verbs.” From The American Language: An Inquiry into the Development of English in the United States. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1947. First edition 1919. 191-201.
T. E. Eliot, “American Literature and the American Language.” Sewanee Review (1966): 1-20.
Hannah Arendt, from The Human Condition, “The disclosure of the agent in speech and
action.” Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1958. 175-179.
Audre Lorde, “The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action.” Sister/Outsider: Essays and Speeches. Freedom, CA: The Crossing Press, 1984. 40-44.
Adrienne Rich, “Twenty-One Love Poems.” From The Dream of a Common Language. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1993. 23-36.
Barbara Johnson, from “Muteness Envy.” The Feminist Difference. Cambridge, MA:
Harvard University Press, 1998. 129-135; 139-144.
Judith Butler, from Excitable Speech: A Politics of the Performative. London: Routledge, 1997. 1-4; 48-49.
Robert McCrum, Robert McNeil, and William Cran, The Story of English. London: Penguin,
Zoltán Kövecses, American English: An Introduction. Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview