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PRESENTATIONS FOR CPLT 325 WORLD LITERATURE FROM 1650, CSU FULLERTON SPRING 2011 (05/5/12)

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE PRESENTATIONS REQUIREMENT

Most sessions will feature one or more student presentations that will give you a chance to hear different perspectives on the course readings. 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. Look over the authors or texts on our syllabus and then, next to your name on the roll sheet I will pass around on the first or second day of class, suggest a few authors/texts that you might like to present on. I'll try to give you the choices you have made, to the extent that the schedule permits. Each student will give one presentation. Be aware that if you choose only very popular authors or texts, I may need to schedule you for something different.

2. Within several days after signing up, check the schedule on this page to see when and on which author/s you are slated to present. Make sure you read the relevant assigned texts early.

3. One week before the in-class presentation, email me a written draft of the remarks you plan to make about the author/question you've been assigned. This draft should be proofread and spell-checked; it should also be substantive and refer to the actual language of the text being discussed, with page numbers, act/scene/line, or verse lines provided as appropriate. I will email you comments either suggesting how the presentation might be improved or affirming that what you've written sounds fine. If, however, my return comments on the draft you sent me suggested revisions, email me a final version at least one day before you present in class.

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 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 5-minute presentation would run 650 words. Tips: at the outset of your presentation, very briefly explain the topic you have chosen to address. 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 closely -- it's easy to do well if you prepare in advance and make a good effort, and your colleagues will be supportive. Completing the in-class component is 70% of the grade for each presentation; the emailed draft and potential revision is 30%.

5. Please check the schedule below on this page to verify the current status of your in-class presentation. Within a few days after you've completed both, next to your name should appear the notation (Presentation completed). If you see other notations as indicated below in "How I Evaluate Presentations," please contact me by email.

HOW I EVALUATE PRESENTATIONS

I will judge presentations on the following grounds: did the student 1) meet with me or email me a timely advance final draft so that I can offer advice and determine the course of my own comments? and 2) seem to have put genuine effort into preparing rather than treating the presentation as a barren "answer" to a stale question. Students who do those two things will receive an "A" for the presentations requirement. 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: (Presentation completed), (Presented in Class but no written version), (Missed Presentation), (Rescheduled Presentation).

MISSED PRESENTATIONS / RESCHEDULING PRESENTATIONS

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. So long as you have provided me with a timely advance draft of your remarks (I usually 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 final advance draft, I will not read it in class. In such cases, rescheduling on a new author or text may be possible at my discretion and if the schedule allows.

SESSION SCHEDULE: FOLLOWING WORKS DISCUSSED ON DATES INDICATED

WEEK 1

01/25. Wed. Course Introduction.

WEEK 2

02/01. Wed. Ihara Saikaku. The Barrelmaker Brimful of Love (Vol. D, 588-603). Matsuo Basho. The Narrow Road of the Interior (Vol. D, 604-29). Read also Section Intro: "The Rise of Popular Arts in Premodern Japan." (Vol. D, 583-87).

WEEK 3

02/08. Wed. Jean Racine. Phaedra (Vol. D, 362-402). Read also Section Intro: "The Enlightenment in Europe" (Vol. D, 295-303).

Lauren O'Hara. (Presentation Completed.)

WEEK 4

02/15. Wed. François-Marie Arouet de Voltaire. Candide (Vol. D, 517-80).

Vanessa Diaz. (Presentation Completed.)

Kamal Lahlou. (Presentation Completed.)

JOURNAL SET 1 DUE BY EMAIL SUNDAY 2/19; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes Saikaku through and including Voltaire. Please expect an email from me verifying receipt of this and subsequent journal sets.)

WEEK 5

02/22. Wed. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Faust (Vol. E, 678-780). Read also Section Intro: "Revolution and Romanticism in Europe and America" (Vol. E, 651-61).

Flora Guldalian. (Presentation Completed.)

Lauren O'Hara. (Presentation Completed.)

Kalan Jackson. (Presentation Completed.)

WEEK 6

02/29. Wed. Gustave Flaubert. Madame Bovary (Author bio. 1084-88, novel parts 1-2: 1088-1227). Read also Section Intro: "Realism, Naturalism and Symbolism in Europe" (Vol. E, 1071-83)

WEEK 7

03/07. Wed. Gustave Flaubert. Madame Bovary (part 3, Vol. E, 1227-1301).

Kalan Jackson. (No Presentation.)

Vanessa Diaz. (Presentation Completed.)

Scott Dailey. (Presentation Completed.)

WEEK 8

03/14. Wed. Charles Baudelaire. From Flowers of Evil (Vol. E, 1380-98). Stéphane Mallarmé. Read all poems (Vol. E, 1398-1405). Paul Verlaine. Read all selections (Vol. E, 1405-10). Arthur Rimbaud. Read all selections (Vol. E, 1411-18).

Kamal Lahlou on Baudelaire. (Presentation Completed.)

Megan McCarthy on Stéphane Mallarmé. (Presentation Completed.)

JOURNAL SET 2 DUE BY EMAIL SUNDAY 03/20; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes Goethe through and including Rimbaud.)

WEEK 9

03/21. Wed. Fyodor Dostoevsky. Notes from Underground (Vol. E, 1301-79).

Pavel Grichine. (Presentation Completed.)

Shea Sorrentino. (No Presentation.)

WEEK 10

03/28. Wed. Spring Recess. No classes all week.

WEEK 11

04/04. Wed. Luigi Pirandello. Six Characters in Search of an Author (Vol. F, 1721-66).

Megan McCarthy. (Presentation Completed.)

Christopher Newman. (No Presentation.)

WEEK 12

04/11. Wed. Thomas Mann. Death in Venice (Vol. F, 1836-90).

Susan Geers. (Presentation Completed.)

Flora Guldalian. (Presentation Completed.)

JOURNAL SET 3 DUE BY EMAIL SUNDAY 04/15; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes Dostoevsky through and including Mann.)

WEEK 13

04/18. Wed. Kawabata Yasunari. Snow Country (2337-2411).

Vikki Pham. (Presentation Completed.)

Susan Geers. (Presentation Completed.)

PARAGRAPH DESCRIBING GENERAL TOPIC AND SPECIFIC ARGUMENT FOR TERM PAPER DUE BY EMAIL SUNDAY 04/22; SEE INSTRUCTIONS.

WEEK 14

04/25. Wed. Federico Garcia Lorca. "Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Mejias" (Vol. F, 2267-77). Jorge Luis Borges. "The Garden of Forking Paths" (Vol. F, 2411-21). Pablo Neruda. Read all selections (Vol. F, 2438-55).

Lauren Taylor on Garcia Lorca. (Presentation Completed.)

Kalan Jackson on Pablo Neruda. (Presentation Completed.)

WEEK 15

05/02. Wed. Dada-Surrealist Poetry: A Selection (Vol. F, 2109-21). Franz Kafka. The Metamorphosis (Vol. F, 1996-2030). Tadeusz Borowski. "Ladies and Gentlemen, to the Gas Chamber" (Vol. F, 2770-86).

Pavel Grichine on Borowski. (Presentation Completed.)

WEEK 16

05/09. Wed. Wole Soyinka. Death and the King's Horseman (Vol. F, 2021-71).

Vikki Pham. (Presentation Completed.)

Lauren Taylor. (Presentation Completed.)

 

JOURNAL SET 4 DUE BY EMAIL EXAM DAY; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes Yasunari through and including Soyinka.)

FINALS WEEK

Final Exam Date Wed. May 16, 2:30-4:20. Due by email by Sunday, May 20: Term Paper. (I must turn in grades by May 25, 2011.) For your other courses, check CSUF's Final Exam Schedule.


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