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SYLLABUS FOR CPLT 324 WORLD LITERATURE TO 1650, CSU FULLERTON SPRING 2007
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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 11813. Section 80. Monday 4-6:45 p.m., Irvine Valley Campus (IRVC 1) 216. Instructor: Alfred J. Drake, Ph.D. Office hours: Monday 3:00-4:00 in IRVC 261. cplt324_at_ajdrake.com. Catalog: "Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and completion of any literature course from General Education (GE) Category III.B.2, Asian and Western literature to 1650. Units (3)." I will use +/- grading.
Required Texts and Optional Resources
Lawall, Sarah, ed. The Norton Anthology of World Literature. 2nd. ed. Vols. ABC: Beginnings to 1650. New York: Norton, 2001. ISBN-10: 0393977641; # ISBN-13: 978-0393977646.
Shakespeare, William. As You Like It. Washington Square Press, 2004. ISBN-10: 074348486X. ISBN-13: 978-0743484862.
Optional Materials: Instructor & Student Blogs | Class Sessions in MP3 Audio | Guides | Offsite Links.
Course Policies. Please review early in the semester.
Presentations Requirement. Students will sign up for THREE (note the change due to small class size) 5-minute in-class presentation on an author of their choosing (if possible). I will provide presenters with specific questions from the online journal questions and will post a schedule on the Presentations Page. Each session will feature approximately four presentations. Required: At least one week before you present, contact me to discuss your ideas. After you have given your in-class presentation, email me a version of your comments and I'll post it as a new entry to the appropriate collective students' blog. Other students may, if they wish, access the entries as they're added by visiting the appropriately named link on the Course Blogs Index Page. Your emailed version should resemble your class comments, but need not be identical. (Please don't use "fancy" formatting -- avoid indentation and bulleted lists.) 25% of course grade (note increased percentage).
Journals Requirement. Responses to a choice of questions on each author. Due by email anytime on class day Weeks 6, 11, and Final Exam Day. Electronic format required. (30%)
Term Paper Requirement. By April 23rd (Week 14), a one-paragraph description addressing the topic and argument of the projected paper will be due by email. (Full rough drafts are also encouraged. Not providing this description on time may affect the final draft grade. Please read the term paper instructions carefully since they contain the prompt and advance draft comments. I reserve the right to require proof of the final paper's authenticity, such as notes or an early draft. Final draft (5-7 pages) due by exam day or as specified towards the bottom of the syllabus page. Follow MLA guidelines. Research is purely optional. See Resources/Guides/Writing Guides: MLA, Grammar, Deductive, Citing, Analyzing, and Editing. (30%)
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: see below. (15%)
Turning in Journals/Paper/Presentations. Email journals, presentations, and term paper as attachments to cplt324_at_ajdrake.com. Don't send more than one document in the same email. Label subject lines appropriately: "CPLT324 Journal Set 1, Jane Smith" etc. You can paste journal sets into a regular email or send them as an attachment. (Journal "sets" include responses to questions about several authors; do not send entries on each author in a given set separately -- responses on the relevant authors should be combined into one document.) Contact me if you don't receive an email confirmation within approximately three days.
Questions: Gilgamesh | Egyptian Poetry | Genesis & Job | Sophocles | Classic of Poetry | Confucius | Chuang Chou | Buddha | Jataka | Bhagavad | Koran | Ibn Ishaq | Attar | Rumi | Sa'di | Shonagon | Kenko | Motokiyo | Petrarch | Machiavelli | Castiglione | Montaigne | Vega | Florentine Codex | Cantares Mexicanos | Popol Vuh | Shakespeare.
SCHEDULE: WE WILL DISCUSS THE FOLLOWING WORKS ON THE DATES INDICATED
01/22. Introduction to class and to Wiki features.
01/29. Epic of Gilgamesh (10-41). Egyptian Poetry (41-52).
02/05. Genesis and Job from The Old Testament (52-93).
02/12. Sophocles. Oedipus the King (612-58).
02/19. Presidents' Day Holiday. No classes.
02/26. Classic of Poetry, Confucius, Chuang Chou. From Classic of Poetry (812-20). Confucius' The Analects (820-31). Chuang Chou (832-58). Journal Set 1 Due.
03/05. Buddha's Three Discourses. The Jataka (1002-1010). The Bhagavad Gita (1010-28).
03/12. The Koran (1426-60) and Ibn Ishaq's The Biography of the Prophet (1460-76).
03/19. Faridoddin Attar, Jalaloddin Rumi, Sa'di. Attar's The Conference of the Birds (1528-41). Rumi's Selections (1544-49), Sa'di's The Golestan (1351-65).
03/26. Spring Recess. No classes.
04/02. 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). Journal Set 2 Due.
04/09. Francis Petrarch, Niccolo Machiavelli, Baldesar Castiglione. Petrarch's "Letter" and Sonnets (2476-90). Machiavelli's The Prince (2517-34). Castiglione's The Book of the Courtier (2552-64).
04/16. Michel de Montaigne. Essays (2632-70).
04/23. Lope de Vega. Fuente Ovejuna (2783-2821). Florentine Codex (3070-73), Cantares Mexicanos (3073-76), Popol Vuh (3076-92). One-paragraph description addressing paper topic and argument due by email.
04/30. Shakespeare, William. As You Like It. (Film)
05/07. Shakespeare, William. As You Like It. (Text)
Final Exam Date Monday, May 14 5:00-6:50 p.m. Now due by May 20: Journal Set 3 and Term Paper. (I must turn in grades by May 25, 2007.) For your other courses, check CSUF's Final Exam Schedule.