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SYLLABUS FOR CPLT 324 WORLD ANCIENT LITERATURE, CSU FULLERTON SPRING 2006
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Note: all links have been removed from this archival copy, but the author questions (bundled according to subject/period) and study guides referenced below can be found in relevant sections of the Resource Gallery. Instructions pages for journals, presentations, etc. were similar to those available in my current courses. MP3 audio of class sessions for selected courses is still available in the Audio Archive. My blog entries for most courses are available from the Blogs Index.
Course Information. Comparative Literature 324, Course Code 11740. Monday 4:00-6:45, Irvine / El Toro Campus 211. Office hrs: Monday 3:00-4:00 Irvine/El Toro Campus 254. cplt324_at_ajdrake.com. Catalog: "Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and completion of any literature course from General Education Category III.B.2. Asian and Western literature from the beginning to 1650.Units: (3)." I will use +/- grading.
Required Texts (At Titan Bookstore)
Lawall, Sarah, ed. The Norton Anthology of World Literature. 2nd edition. Volume 1ABC. New York: WW Norton, 2002. ISBN A = 0393977552, B = 0393977560, C = 0393977579.
Turning in Journals/Papers: Email assignments as Word/WP attachments. Email them separately -- i.e. send one email with your term paper attached, and four separate emails for the four journal sets. Label subject lines appropriately: "CPLT324 Journal 1, Jane Smith" etc. Copying-and-pasting is fine for journal sets, or you can send them as an attachment. Please contact me if you don't receive an email confirmation within three days.
Course Policies. Please review this information early in the semester.
Presentations Requirement. Undergraduates will sign up for several (usually three) 3-5-minute informal presentations (graduates 5-7 minute). On the first day, students will choose authors; I will add specific questions and post a schedule on the Presentations Page. Each session will feature several presentations and comments by the instructor and other participants. At least two days before you present, I require that you contact me to discuss your ideas. After you present, I require that you post a version to your blog. Your post should be similar to your class comments, but it need not be identical. See Blogging for instructions; Creating and Using a Blog (along with a class demonstration) will explain how to set up a blog. 25% of course grade.
Journals Requirement. Responses to a choice of questions on each author. Due in class Weeks 5, 8, 12, and Final Exam Day, May 22nd. Electronic format required. 25%.
Term Paper Requirement. Rough draft suggested, final draft (5-7 pg / 10-15 grad) due by exam day or as specified towards the bottom of the syllabus page. Follow MLA guidelines. Graduate papers should respond to primary texts and secondary criticism; for undergraduates research is optional. See Resources/Guides/Writing Guides: MLA, Grammar, Deductive, Citing, Analyzing, and Editing. 25%.
Final Exam Requirement. The exam will consist of substantive id passages, short questions requiring paragraph responses, and one comparative essay. There will be more choices than required responses. Books and notes allowed for all sections. Exam date Monday, May 22nd 5:00-6:50 p.m. 25%.
Questions: Gilgamesh | Egyptian | Bible | Sophocles | Classic | Confucius | Chou | Jataka | Bhagavad | Tamil | Koran | Ishaq | Shikibu | Shonagon | Kenko | Motokiyo | Petrarch | Ariosto | Machiavelli | Montaigne | Vega | Codex | Cantares | Popol Vuh | Shakespeare
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SCHEDULE: WE WILL DISCUSS THE FOLLOWING WORKS ON THE DATES INDICATED
01/30. Introduction to Course and to Wiki Features.
02/06. Epic of Gilgamesh (10-41). Egyptian Poetry (41-52).
02/13. Genesis and Job from The Old Testament (52-93).
02/20. President's Day Holiday, No Classes.
02/27. Sophocles. Oedipus the King (612-58). Journal Set 1 Due.
03/06. Classic of Poetry, Confucius, Chuang Chou. Classic of Poetry (812-20). Confucius' The Analects (820-31). Chuang Chou (832-58).
03/13. The Jataka (1002-1010). The Bhagavad-Gita (1010-28). The Tamil Anthologies (1029-38).
03/20. The Koran (1426-60) and Ibn Ishaq's The Biography of the Prophet (1460-76). Journal Set 2 Due.
03/27. Spring Recess, No Classes All Week.
04/03. Murasaki Shikibu. The Tale of Genji (2174-2270).
04/10. Sei Shonagon, Yoshida Kenko, Zeami Motokiyo. Shonagon's The Pillow Book (2270-2300). Kenko's Essays in Idleness (2326-2342). Motokiyo's Atsumori (2350-55).
04/17. Francis Petrarch, Ludovico Ariosto, Niccolo Machiavelli. Petrarch's "Letter" and Sonnets (2476-90). Ariosto's Orlando Furioso (2534-49). Machiavelli's The Prince (2517-34). Journal Set 3 Due.
04/24. Michel de Montaigne. Essays (2632-70).
05/01. Lope de Vega. Fuente Ovejuna (2783-2821). Florentine Codex (3070-73), Cantares Mexicanos (3073-76), Popol Vuh (3076-92).
05/08. William Shakespeare. Othello (Film: Director Oliver Parker, Laurence Fishburne as Othello, Irene Jacob as Desdemona, Kenneth Branagh as Iago).
05/15. William Shakespeare. Othello (2919-2996).
Final Exam. Final Exam Date Monday, May 22nd 5:00-6:50 p.m. Also due: Journal Set 4 and Term Paper. (I must turn in grades by Friday, June 2nd, 2006.) For other courses, see CSUF's Final Exam Schedule.