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SYLLABUS FOR E240 WORLD ANCIENT LITERATURE, CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY SPRING 2007
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Course Information. English 240. Tu./Th. 10:00-11:15 a.m. Section 2. Beckman 203. Instructor: Alfred J. Drake, Ph.D. Office hours: Tu. 9-10 a.m. in Cyber Cafe. e240_at_ajdrake.com. Course satisfies General Education Requirements, first in a series (240, 242, 244). Catalog: "World masterpieces from the beginning to the fall of Rome, 476 A.D." Units (3).
Required Texts and Optional Resources
Lawall, Sarah, ed. The Norton Anthology of World Literature. 2nd ed. Package 1 Vols. ABC. ISBN 0-393-92453-X. (We will use only 1A and 1B, but the three-volume package is less expensive.)
Buddha. Three Cardinal Discourses. (Free online source.)
Lucretius. On the Nature of the Universe. Trans. Ronald Melville. Oxford University Press, USA. New Ed. (June 10, 1999). ISBN 0192817612.
Pindar. The Odes. New York: Penguin Classics; Reissue edition (1982). ISBN 0-14-044209-X.
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 one* 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 one or more 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.) 15% of course grade. *Two if small class size warrants.
Journals Requirement. Responses to a choice of questions on each author. Due by email anytime on class day Weeks 4, 9, and Final Exam Day. Electronic format required. (30%)
Term Paper Requirement. By April 26th (Week 13), 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. (25%)
Turning in Journals/Paper/Presentations. Email journals, presentations, and term paper as attachments. Don't send more than one document in the same email. Label subject lines appropriately: "E240 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 | Bible | Homer | Pindar | Aeschylus | Plato | Classic of Poetry | Confucius | Chuang Chou | Mahabharata | Bhagavad-Gita | Buddha | Jataka | Lucretius | Virgil | Gospels | Augustine | Kalidasa | T'ao Ch'ien.
SCHEDULE: WE WILL DISCUSS THE FOLLOWING WORKS ON THE DATES INDICATED
Tu. 01/30. Course Introduction.
Th. 02/01. Epic of Gilgamesh (10-24, Parts 1-2).
Tu. 02/06. Epic of Gilgamesh (10-41, Parts 3-7).
Th. 02/08. Ancient Egyptian Poetry (41-52).
Tu. 02/13. Bible. Genesis (52-77).
Th. 02/15. Bible. Job (77-93).
Tu. 02/20. Homer. The Odyssey, Books 9-12 (319-76).
Th. 02/22. Pindar. Selected Odes: Isthmian 3-4 (56-61); Olympian 2 (80-85); Nemean 3 (101-05); Pythian 2 (146-51); Olympian 7 (164-69); Isthmian 7 (224-26). (Penguin Edition.) Journal Set 1 Due.
Tu. 02/27. Aeschylus. The Oresteia: Agamemnon (533-82).
Th. 03/01. Aeschylus. The Oresteia: The Eumenides (582-611).
Tu. 03/06. Plato. The Apology of Socrates (779-99).
Th. 03/08. Classic of Poetry (812-20).
Tu. 03/13. Confucius. Analects (820-31).
Th. 03/15. Chuang Chou. Chuang Tzu. (832-58).
Tu. 03/20. The Mahabharata (953-83, from Books 1-2).
Th. 03/22. The Mahabharata (983-1001, from Books 5-12).
Tu. 03/27. The Bhagavad-Gita (1002-1031).
Th. 03/29. The Jataka (1004-10) and Buddha's Three Cardinal Discouses. Journal Set 2 Due.
Tu. 04/03. Spring break.
Th. 04/05. Spring break.
Tu. 04/10. Lucretius. On the Nature of the Universe (Books 1-3, Oxford ed.).
Th. 04/12. Lucretius. On the Nature of the Universe (Books 4-6, Oxford ed.).
Tu. 04/17. Virgil. The Aeneid (1052-1105).
Th. 04/19. Virgil. The Aeneid (1106-34).
Tu. 04/24. The New Testament: Luke and Matthew (1206-21).
Th. 04/26. Saint Augustine. Confessions (1221-49). One-paragraph description addressing paper topic and argument due by email.
Tu. 05/01. Kalidasa. Shakuntala and the Ring of Recollection (1267-1302, Acts I-IV).
Th. 05/03. Kalidasa. Shakuntala and the Ring of Recollection (1303-1332, Acts V-VII).
Tu. 05/08. T'ao Ch'ien. Selected Prose and Poetry (1360-73).
Th. 05/10. Optional Review.
Final Exam Date: Thursday, May 17, 1:30-4:00. Also due: Term Paper and Journal Set 3. I must turn in grades by 4:00 pm Wednesday, May 23. For your other courses, check the Spring 2007 Chapman Final Exam Schedule.