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Each session will feature several student presentations that will give you a chance to hear different perspectives on the course readings, and I will also post the written versions students send me to a special blog so those interested can review them. Your presentations will also help me determine the direction my own comments, encouraging me to respond to your ideas rather than lecture continuously. See the syllabus for the presentation requirement's value as a percentage of the course grade.

1. On the first day of class, look over the authors on our syllabus and then, next to your name on the roll sheet I will pass around, suggest several authors that you might like to present on. I'll try to give you the authors you want, to the extent that the schedule permits. Depending on class size, each student will give two or three presentations. Be aware that if you choose only very popular authors (Shakespeare, Jane Austen, etc.), I may not be able to schedule you for those authors.

2. Within a few days, check the schedule on this page to see when and on which authors and questions you are slated to present. I will complete the schedule by choosing specific question/s to be addressed from among the full sets. You can access all author questions using the links below or by visiting the CPLT 324 Questions Page. (They are also available from the syllabus and journals pages.)

3. At least three days before you give each of your in-class presentations on the authors and question/s specified next to your name, email me as complete a draft as you can. Soon after, I will email you comments that will either suggest how the presentation might be further developed or affirm that what you've written sounds fine as-is. If the latter is the case, I will post your draft to the CPLT 324 WORLD LIT. STUDENTS' BLOG. I encourage you in advance to develop your remarks so that they go beyond the question at its simplest; insightful responses are better than "answers." Please include a copy of the question at the beginning of your response, and at least in the copy you send me, avoid elaborate formatting (bulleted lists, indentation, and so forth). This "advance draft" part of the presentations requirement is 20% of your grade for each presentation.

4. On the scheduled day and when we reach the appropriate point in our discussion, I will ask you to come to the front of the class and give the most up-to-date version of your presentation. Your presentation should take about three to five minutes. Some students prefer to read their comments lecture-style, while others prefer to depart from the full written version and speak from a separate outline. If you read from prepared remarks, how long should they be? I'll use my own pace as an example: I speak at an average rate of 130 words per minute when I read conference papers. So a 3-5 minute presentation would run 400-650 words. Tips: Read the question first, address the entire class, and remind us of page numbers when you quote. Speak firmly and slowly enough so that everyone can follow. It's best to avoid bringing technology such as Powerpoint into play given the presentations' brevity. But I am open to creative ideas. I will not grade your in-class performance. It's easy to do well, and your colleagues will be supportive. Completing the in-class component is 70%-80% of the grade for each presentation.

5. Within several days after you have presented in class, if my return comments on your initial draft suggested revision or further development (or if you decide to revise on your own), email me a final version, again making sure to include a copy of the question. I will then post the final version for you to the CPLT 324 WORLD LIT. STUDENTS' BLOG, replacing the earlier version. You can check the schedule below on this page to make sure I've credited you with your in-class presentation and blog entry. Within a few days after you've completed both, next to your name should appear the notation (Presented/Posted to Blog). This "revised post-presentation draft" part, if suggested in my comments on your initial draft, is 10% of your grade for the presentation in question.


I will judge presentations on the following grounds: did the student 1) email me a reasonably full written draft several days before presenting so that I can offer advice and determine the course of my own comments? 2) seem to have put genuine effort into preparing rather than treating the presentation as an "answer" to a question set in stone? 3) ensure that within one week I have received a final version (if revision was suggested) with which to replace the earlier version I may already have posted? Students who do those two things -- or three things if a revised version is appropriate -- will receive an "A" for the presentations requirement. (100% = A, 90% = B+, 80% = B, 70% = C.) I am not going to grade presentations so much on in-class factors as on how well students prepare and (again, if necessary) follow up. I will indicate whether students have completed the requirements as follows: (Presented/Posted to Blog); (Presented/Blog Entry Pending); (Did Not Present/Posted to Blog); (No Presentation); (rescheduled).


If you find that you will be unable to make it to class for one of your scheduled presentations, please let me know in advance if possible. (I'll make my cell phone number available when the semester begins, though I won't post it on the Internet.) So long as you have provided me with a reasonably complete and timely advance draft of your remarks (I print them out and bring them to class), I will read the presentation for you and give you partial credit for the "in-class" portion of the presentation grade. If you haven't provided me with a sufficiently complete and coherent advance draft, I will not read it in class. In such cases, rescheduling on a new author may be possible at my discretion and if the schedule allows.


Below is a list containing four things for each session: the authors/texts we will discuss, the number of each study question I've chosen for discussion, the presenters' names, and the color-coded status of the presentation. The author hyperlinks below will take you to the relevant study questions pages -- they are the same pages from which you choose questions for your journal sets. *Please note that I may specify two questions rather than one (as in "12-13 combined") if I find that two short questions go together well.


08/26. Introduction to class and Wiki features.


09/02. Epic of Gilgamesh (10-41). Egyptian Poetry (41-52).

Gilgamesh Q. 13. Ian Banigan. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Egyptian Poetry Q. 01. Daniel Montes. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


09/09. Genesis and Job from The Old Testament (52-93).

Genesis Q. 04. Masha Kemp. (Presented/No Blog Entry)

Genesis Q. 07. Daniel Montes. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Job Q. 09. Omar Marquez. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Job Q. 12. Lori Sue Clark. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Job Q. 13. Elizabeth Willett. (Presented/Blog Entry Pending)


09/16. Aeschylus. The Oresteia. (533-611).

Aeschylus Q. 04. Maria Leal. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Aeschylus Q. 07. Dodson, Rachel. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Aeschylus Q. 15. Lindsay Sharpe. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Aeschylus Q. 24. Chris Richards. (Presented/Blog Entry Pending)


09/23. Virgil. From The Aeneid. (Selections from Books 1-6, 1052-1125). Journal Set 1 Due by Email Sunday 09/27.

Virgil Q. 02. Reagan Ewing. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Virgil Q. 05. Maria Leal. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Virgil Q. 08. Ian Banigan. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Virgil Q. 14. Jocelyn Turner. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


09/30. Classic of Poetry, Confucius, Chuang Chou. From Classic of Poetry (812-20). Confucius' The Analects (820-31). Chuang Chou (832-58).

Classic Q. 01. Cristina de la Rosa. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Classic Q. 06. Brian Braunlich. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Confucius Q. 01. Peter Nguyen. (No Presentation)

Confucius Q. 03. Lindsay Sharpe. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Confucius Q. 04. Lori Clark. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Chuang Chou Q. 05 or your choice. Gerald Payabyab. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


10/07. Buddha's Three Cardinal Discourses. (Online Text). The Jataka (1002-1010). The Bhagavad-Gita (1010-28).

Buddha Q. 01. Lindy Madrid. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Buddha Q. 02. Tim Strawser. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Bhagavad Gita Q. 02. Katherine Patton. (Presented/Blog Entry Pending)

Bhagavad Gita Q. 05. Omar Marquez. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


10/14. The Koran (1426-60) and Ibn Ishaq's The Biography of the Prophet (1460-76). Jalaloddin Rumi's Selections (1544-49).

Koran Q. 02. Allison Connell. (Did Not Present/Posted to Blog)

Koran Q. 03. Cristina de la Rosa. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Koran Q. 05. Tim Strawser. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Ibn Ishaq Q. 03. Masha Kemp. (Presented/Blog Entry Pending)

Rumi Q. 01. Peter Nguyen. (No Presentation)

Rumi Q. 02. Vinay Raghuramulu. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Rumi Q. 03. Gerald Payabyab. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


10/21. Designated by Admin. as Furlough Day. No class. Please use the time to catch up on reading or to look forward to coming weeks' reading.


10/28. 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 by Email Sunday 11/01.

Shonagon Q. 04. Eric Zamudio. (Presented/No Blog Entry)

Shonagon Q. 06. Jessica Hahn. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Kenko Q. 02. Lindy Madrid. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Kenko Q. 04. Golzar Yaghoubpour. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Motokiyo Q. 2 and 3. Cristina Morones. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


11/04. 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).

Petrarch Q. 01. Golzar Yaghoubpour. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Machiavelli Q. 02. Rachel Dodson. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Castiglione Q. 02. Melissa Sullivan. (No Presentation)

Castiglione Q. 03. Katherine Patton. (Presented/Blog Entry Pending)


11/11. Veterans' Day Holiday: No Classes.


11/18. Michel de Montaigne. Essays (2632-70). One-paragraph description addressing paper topic and argument due by email Sunday 11/22.

Montaigne Q. 02. Harry Carter. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Montaigne Q. 04. Cherie Thorpe. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Montaigne Q. 06. Alex Rios. (No Presentation)

Montaigne Q. 08. Vinay Raghuramulu. (No Presentation)


11/25. Thanksgiving Holiday: No Classes.


12/02. Lope de Vega. Fuente Ovejuna (2783-2821). Florentine Codex (3070-73), Cantares Mexicanos (3073-76), Popol Vuh (3076-92).

De Vega Q. 02. Jocelyn Turner. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

De Vega Q. 04. Allison Connell. (No Presentation/Blog Entry Pending)

De Vega Q. 06. Cherie Thorpe. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Florentine Codex Q. 02. Cristina Morones. (Presented/Blog Entry Pending)

Cantares Mexicanos Q. 1 or 2. Melissa Sullivan. (Presented/Blog Entry Pending)

Popol Vuh Q. 03. Eric Zamudio. (Presented/No Blog Entry)


12/09. Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. (2821-2918)

Shakespeare Q. 06. Elizabeth Willett. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Shakespeare Q. 08. Alex Rios. (No Presentation)

Shakespeare Q. 12. Chris Richards. (No Presentation)

Shakespeare Q. 17. Brian Braunlich. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Shakespeare Q. 21. Jessica Hahn. (No Presentation)

Shakespeare Q. 23. Harry Carter. (Presented/Posted to Blog)

Shakespeare Q. 29. Reagan Ewing. (Presented/Posted to Blog)


Final Exam Date Wednesday, Dec. 16, 7:30-9:20 p.m. Due by email on Exam Day: Journal Set 3. Due by Tuesday, Dec. 22: Term Paper. (I must turn in grades by Jan. 04, 2010.) For your other courses, check CSUF's Final Exam Schedule.


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