“Studies in World Literature – The Allusive John Wesley Harding/Wesley Stace” @ CCSU


ENG 214-01: Studies in World Literature –

The Allusive John Wesley Harding/Wesley Stace

Spring 2014

MW 10:50-12:05 Willard Hall 308

Dr. Gilbert L. Gigliotti, CCSU English Department

Course Objectives


By the end of the course, students should be able to:


Recognize the chronology of the major songs, albums, criticism, and novels of the songwriter and novelist Wesley Stace (a.k.a John Wesley Harding);


Explain some of the specific influences (literary, musical, historical, and artistic) on his songs and novels;


Discuss the literary techniques characteristic of the writer’s lyrics and novels; and

Write coherent and cogent analyses, using textual support and appropriate academic conventions and language, about the writer’s novels, songs, and criticism.




M Jan 13         Introduction to class: Syllabus, Expectations, and Requirements

Outline of career of John Wesley Harding/Wesley Stace

John Wesley Harding, “Nothing at All”

W Jan 15         Bob Dylan, “Song to Woody” (1962)

“John Wesley Harding” (1967)

JWH, “Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan, Steve Goodman, David Blue and Me” (1986)

“Talking Return of the Great Folk Scare Blues” (1994)

“Bastard Son” (1989)

“Making Love to Bob Dylan” (2012)


M Jan 20         Martin Luther King Day: No Class


W Jan 22         John Wesley Harding, Preface, Collected Stories, 1990-1991

Rolling Stones, “Sympathy for the Devil” (1968)

JWH, “The Devil in Me” (1989)

John Lennon, “Mother” (1970)

JWH,   “Famous Man” (1988

Portrait of Dylan Due



M Jan 27  *    Hesiod, Works and Days, 42-106 (c.700 b.c.e.)

                                    Theogony, 561-616 (c.700 b.c.e.)

JWH,   “Oh, Pandora” (2009)


W Jan 29         JWH, “Miss Fortune” (1998)

“The Ballad of Miss Fortune” (2006)

Ovid, Metamorphoses, Book IV.285-388

The Love Hall Tryst, “Lord Lovel” (2005)


M Feb 3          Wesley Stace, Misfortune (2005)


W Feb 5          Misfortune


M Feb 10        Misfortune


W Feb 12        Misfortune


M Feb 17        Presidents’ Day: No Class


W Feb 19        Misfortune


M Feb 24        Misfortune


W Feb 26        Martial, De Spectaculis Liber I (81 c.e.)

Epigrammaton, Liber I x-xii, xxxvii-xl; II.xx-xxviii; III. Lxix-lxxi

(86-88 c.e.)

JWH, “Skyscrapers of Memphis” (1993)

“Humble Bee” (2000)

Paper I Due


M Mar 3         Wesley Stace, By George (2007)


W Mar 5         By George


M Mar 10       By George

W Mar 12       By George


M Mar 17       Spring Break: No Class


W Mar 19       Spring Break: No Class


W Mar 19       By George




M Mar 24  *   Erasmus, Abbatis et eruditae (1518)

JWH, “The Colloquy of Mole and Mr. Eye” (1999/2011)

John, 11:1-44 (c. 90-100 c.e.)

JWH, “Sorry, Lazarus” (2001)


W Mar 26       Evening Appearance of Wesley Stace

6:00-7:30 PM,  Marcus White Living Room, CCSU

Attendance Required

No regular class meeting today


M Mar 31       Apuleius, Cupid and Psyche from The Golden Ass (2nd Century c.e.)

JWH, “Cupid and Psycho” (1996)

Paper II Due


W Apr 2   *     John Donne, “Negative Love” (c.1600)

JWH, “Negative Love” (2004)

M Apr 7         Murray Lerner, scenes from The Other Side of the Mirror (2007)

Martin Scorsese, scenes from No Direction Home (2005)


W Apr 9          JWH, “Anonymous 1916” (1991)

“Little Musgrave” (1999)

M Apr 14       Wesley Stace, Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer (2010)


W Apr 16        Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer


M Apr 21       Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer


W Apr 23        Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer


M Apr 28       Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer


W Apr 30  *    Wesley Stace, “Achilles’ Heel” from Yes is The Answer

                                                “Canterbury Kiss”


M May 5        Paper III due by 1:00 PM    


Required Texts


Stace, Wesley.  By George.  Back Bay Books, 2007.


– – , Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer. Picador, 2011.


– – , Misfortune. Back Bay Books, 2006.