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SYLLABUS FOR CPLT 325 WORLD LITERATURE FROM 1650, CSU FULLERTON SPRING 2011 (1/28/11)
COURSE INFORMATION. English 325, Course Code 19503, Section 80. Wednesdays 7:00-9:45 p.m., IRVC 131. (The new Irvine Campus is located at 3 Banting, Irvine, CA. 92618.) Instructor: Alfred J. Drake, Ph.D. Office hours: Wednesday 6:00-6:55 in IRVC 236, x2745. firstname.lastname@example.org. Catalog: "Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and completion of any literature course from G. E. Category III.B.2. Asian and Western literature from 1650 to the present. Units: (3)." I will use +/- grading. The English Dept. may be reached at (657) 278-3253. Students who need special accommodations should contact the Disabled Student Services Office in UH 101 or call (657) 278-3117. One other required link: Emergency Preparedness Guidelines.
REQUIRED TEXTS AT NEW IRVINE CAMPUS BOOKSTORE
Lawall, Sarah et al., eds. The Norton Anthology of World Literature, Package 2 (Volumes D, E, F): 1650 to the Present Paperback, 2003. ISBN-13: 978-0393924541.
OPTIONAL RESOURCES TO HELP YOU DO WELL
BROWSE INSTRUCTOR'S BLOG. My thoughts on the assigned readings; separately, I will post a running blog.
LISTEN TO OUR CLASS SESSIONS IN MP3 AUDIO. Audio becomes available a day or two after each session.
COURSE RATIONALE AND PLAN
COURSE POLICIES. Please review the Course Policies Page early in the semester. Key points easily stated here: missing more than 20% of sessions may affect course grade; academic dishonesty may result in course failure. The four evaluative requirements outlined below must be substantially completed to pass the course. Since most assignments will be due by email, it is students' responsibility to contact me promptly if they do not get an email verifying receipt of materials.
MAJOR STUDY UNITS AND COURSE OBJECTIVES. This course will cover a selection of texts by authors in the Western and Eastern literary and cultural traditions. A survey should help you build your knowledge of the periods, authors, and movements studied. My comments will provide historical and thematic background, and the course will center on discussion of assigned texts.
CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES. Lecture, discussion, and in-class quizzes. I encourage questions and comments -- student participation improves any course, broadening its scope and introducing a variety of opinion that challenges the instructor to explain key points well and make new connections. My tasks are to lecture concisely, to listen well, to ask good questions, and to help you find out more about our texts. Your tasks are to listen, respond, and develop your own ideas. In humanities study, insightful interpretation and an ability to make interesting connections are central goals. To succeed, it's important to treat the subject matter with due regard for its nature; literature doesn't respond well to being treated mainly as test material.
HOW YOUR PERFORMANCE WILL BE EVALUATED
JOURNALS REQUIREMENT: LINK TO FULL INSTRUCTIONS. Responses to a choice of questions from the study questions page for each assigned text/author. Four separate journal sets due by email as specified below in the session schedule. Electronic format required. I will not mark journal sets down unless they are late (maximum grade = B), incomplete, or so brief and derivative as to suggest evasion of intellectual labor: they should consist of honest responses to the assigned readings, not "yes-or-no" style answers, quotation of the assigned texts without further comment, or pasted secondary material from Internet sources. How to do well on this assignment: read instructions; complete entries as you go through each text; send sets on time, making sure I verify receipt; respond with a thoughtful paragraph on each chosen question--use your own words and refer to the texts' specific language. (30% of course grade.)
TERM PAPER REQUIREMENT: LINK TO FULL INSTRUCTIONS. By the end of Week 13 (04/24) a one-paragraph description addressing the general topic and specific 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 general prompt, suggested topics, 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 as specified towards the bottom of the syllabus page. There is no need to consider this a research paper, though you are free to make it one. CSUF academic integrity policies apply (see UPS 300.021). See CSUF Library. How to do well on this assignment: send required advance paragraph on time and incorporate advice I send; allow time for revision; proofread and follow MLA formatting and style guidelines; avoid exhaustive coverage and stale generalities: instead, develop a specific, arguable set of claims, demonstrating their strength by showing how they enhance our understanding of specific language, structures, and themes; document your online/print sources; read instructions and take advantage of Resources/Guides/Writing Guides: MLA, Grammar, [http://www.ajdrake.com/wiki/tiki-download_file.php?fileId=5|Deductive (<< see especially)], Citing, Analyzing, and Editing. (30% of course grade.)
FINAL EXAM REQUIREMENT: LINK TO FULL INSTRUCTIONS. The exam will consist of substantive id passages (30% of exam), mix-and-match questions (match phrase or concept x to speaker/play y; 30% of exam), and key lecture points paired with substantive quotations from the assigned texts (40% of exam). There will be more choices than required responses. Books and notes allowed for all sections, but no laptops. Students may not share books or notes during the exam. Exam date: see below. How to do well on this assignment: read the online prep. sheet; take good notes and ask questions/make comments; above all, enjoy the works rather than thinking of them only as "test material." If you take pleasure in the assigned texts' language, attend to the sophistication with which they have been structured, and reflect on the intellectual/moral/spiritual value you derive from them, you are likely to earn a good exam grade. (25% of course grade.)
IN-CLASS QUIZZES. No need for further instructions here: we will have a number of brief in-class quizzes (usually 5-10 minutes) that will explore your readiness to participate in discussions about our assigned texts; both basic plot and structure considerations and thematic issues that require some independent thought are possible question material. (10-15% of course grade.)
EMAILING JOURNALS, TERM PAPER TO 325 at AJDRAKE.COM. Email journals and term paper as attachments. Don't send more than one document in the same email. Label subject lines appropriately: "CPLT325 Journal 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.
STUDY QUESTIONS FOR JOURNALS
This semester, I am offering a general set of questions that should help students develop specific responses to the assigned texts by individual authors: General Questions for all Authors
SESSION SCHEDULE: WORKS DISCUSSED ON DATES INDICATED
01/26. Wed. Course Introduction.
02/02. Wed. Wu Ch'eng-En. Monkey (Vol. D, 8-71). Read also Section Intro: "Vernacular Literature in China" (Vol. D, 3-7).
02/09. 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)
02/16. Wed. Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire. Candide (Vol. D, 517-80). Read also Section Intro: "The Enlightenment in Europe" (Vol. D, 295-303).
JOURNAL SET 1 DUE BY EMAIL SUNDAY 2/20; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes Wu Ch'eng-En through and including Voltaire. Respond with a full paragraph to 3 questions on each author. Please expect an email from me verifying receipt of this and subsequent journal sets.)
02/23. 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).
03/02. Wed. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Faust (Vol. E, 678-780). Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin. "The Queen of Spades" (Vol. E, 863-83).
03/09. 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)
03/16. Wed. Gustave Flaubert. Madame Bovary (1227-1301).
JOURNAL SET 2 DUE BY EMAIL SUNDAY 03/20; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes Goethe through and including Flaubert.)
03/23. Wed. Charles Baudelaire. From Flowers of Evil (Vol. E, 1380-98). Stephane Mallarme. Read all poems (1398-1405). Arthur Rimbaud. Read all selections (1411-18).
03/30. Wed. Spring Recess. No classes all week.
04/06. Wed. Anton Chekhov. The Cherry Orchard (Vol. E, 1519-23 author intro; play 1536-71).
04/13. Wed. Rabindranath Tagore. Read all selections (Vol. F, 1671-99). Naguib Mahfouz. "Zaabalawi" (Vol. F, 2527-38). Read also Volume intro "The Modern World: Self and Other in Global Context" (Vol. F, 1579-1606).
JOURNAL SET 3 DUE BY EMAIL SUNDAY 04/17; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes Baudelaire through and including Mahfouz.)
04/20. Wed. Luigi Pirandello. Six Characters in Search of an Author (Vol. F, 1721-66). Lu Xun. "Diary of a Madman" (Vol. F, 1917-29).
04/27. 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).
05/04. 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).
05/11. Wed. Wole Soyinka. Death and the King's Horseman (Vol. F, 2021-71).
JOURNAL SET 4 DUE BY EMAIL EXAM DAY; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes Pirandello through and including Soyinka.)