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SYLLABUS FOR CPLT 325 WORLD LITERATURE FROM 1650, CSU FULLERTON SPRING 2015 (01/22/15)
COURSE INFORMATION. English 325, Course Code 16899, Section 01. Tues./Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., SGMH 1308. Instructor: Alfred J. Drake, Ph.D. Office hours: Tu/Th 10:30-11:25 in University Hall (UH) 329. 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 THE IRVINE CAMPUS BOOKSTORE
Puchner, Martin and Suzanne C. Akbari. The Norton Anthology of World Literature, 3rd edition. Norton: 2012. ISBN-13: 978-0393933666.
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, student presentations, discussion, and possibly a limited number of in-class quizzes, which I may decide to factor in as 5% of the course grade. I encourage questions and comments -- class sessions improve when students take an active part. 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.
HOW YOUR PERFORMANCE WILL BE EVALUATED
PRESENTATIONS REQUIREMENT: LINK TO FULL INSTRUCTIONS. At the beginning of the course, students will sign up for one or two (depending on class size) 5-7 minute in-class presentation on an author/text of their choosing (if possible). Several days after sign-up, I will post a schedule on the Presentations page. Each session will feature one or more presentations. How to Proceed: Work out your own topic to address regarding the author/text I assign you or ask me in person what might be a good topic to develop on that author/text, and at least a week before you are due to present, email me with as full a draft as possible. I will email you back with some advice. If I suggest developing the draft further, email me a revised version at least one day before your in-class presentation. I won't judge students on their in-class rhetorical skills but rather on prior preparation and consultation as well as on the written draft. How to do well on this assignment: email me as required, and send a final written version. Good critics challenge and pose questions, so craft your responses to invite discussion. (15-20% of course grade.)
JOURNALS REQUIREMENT: LINK TO FULL INSTRUCTIONS. Four separate journal sets due by email as specified below in the session schedule. For this class, the journals will not be based on study questions but will rather take their origin from questions and observations of your own -- see the journal instructions page for further information on this. 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 entry -- use your own words and refer to the texts' specific language. (30% of course grade.)
TERM PAPER REQUIREMENT: LINK TO FULL INSTRUCTIONS. As a preliminary step, a one-paragraph description addressing the general topic and specific argument of the projected paper will be due by email on or before Thursday, April 23. (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, possibly some 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 if that's how you learn best. 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, 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 (33% of exam), mix-and-match questions (match phrase or concept x to speaker/play y; 33% of exam), and key lecture points paired with substantive quotations from the assigned texts (33% of exam). 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." (20-25% 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: "CPLT 325 Journal 1, Jane Smith" etc. You can paste journal sets into a regular email and/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. Before you do that, though, first check your SPAM folder.
SESSION SCHEDULE: WORKS DISCUSSED ON DATES INDICATED
Tu. 01/20. Course Introduction.
Tu. 01/22. Matsuo Basho. The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Vol. D, 616-28). Read also Vol. D, 613-15 introduction, "The World of Haiku."
Tu. 01/27. Ihara Saikaku. The Life of a Sensuous Woman (Vol. D, 591-611). Read also "Early Modern Japanese Popular Literature" (Vol. D, 585-90).
Th. 01/29. Section "What is Enlightenment?": Samuel Johnson through Denis Diderot/Jean D'Alembert (Vol. D, 101-27). Read also the introduction: "The Enlightenment in Europe and the Americas" (Vol. D, 91-99).
Tu. 02/03. Section "What is Enlightenment?" Benjamin Franklin through the Marquis de Sade (Vol. D, 127-40 -- i.e. read all the selections in this section on the Enlightenment). Read also the introduction: "The Enlightenment in Europe and the Americas" (Vol. D, 91-99).
Th. 02/05. Voltaire. Candide, Chapters 1-18 (Vol. D, 355-85).
Tu. 02/10. Voltaire. Candide, Chapters 19-30 (Vol. D, 385-413).
Th. 02/12. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Faust (Vol. E, 102-32). Read also Section Intro: "An Age of Revolutions in Europe and the Americas" (Vol. E, 3-21).
Tu. 02/17. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Faust (Vol. E, 132-76).
Th. 02/19. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Faust (Vol. E, 176-208).
JOURNAL SET 1 DUE BY EMAIL TUESDAY 02/24; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes Basho through and including Goethe. Please expect an email from me verifying receipt of this and subsequent journal sets.)
Tu. 02/24. Romanticism: William Blake's "The Tyger" ( Vol. E, 339) and "London" (Vol. E, 340); Friedrich Hölderlin's "The Half of Life" (343), "Hyperion's Song of Fate" (343-44), "Brevity" (344), "To the Fates" (344); William Wordsworth's "…Tintern Abbey" (351-54); Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "Kubla Khan" (379). Read also "Romantic Poets and Their Successors" (322-25).
Th. 02/26. Romanticism, continued: Heinrich Heine's selections (415-17) and Giacomo Leopardi's selections (418-20). Charles Baudelaire's selections from The Flowers of Evil (466-80).
Tu. 03/03. Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Notes from Underground, Part I entire and Part II, Chapters 1-3 (Vol. E, 635-708). Read also introduction, "Realism Across the Globe" (Vol. E, 625-74).
Th. 03/05. Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Notes from Underground, Part II, Chapters. 4-10 (Vol. E, 635-708).
Tu. 03/10. Leo Tolstoy. "The Death of Ivan Ilyich," Chapters I-VI (Vol. E, 740-64).
Th. 03/12. Leo Tolstoy. "The Death of Ivan Ilyich," Chapters VII-XII (Vol. E, 764-78).
Tu. 03/17. Anton Chekhov. The Cherry Orchard, Acts 1-2 (Vol. E, 850-72).
Th. 03/19. Anton Chekhov. The Cherry Orchard, Acts 3-4 (Vol. E, 872-89).
JOURNAL SET 2 DUE BY EMAIL TUESDAY 03/24; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes Blake through and including Chekhov.)
Tu. 03/24. Rabindranath Tagore. "Punishment" (Vol. E, 893-99) and "Kabuliwala" (Vol. E, 899-904).
Th. 03/26. Higuchi Ichiyo. "Separate Ways" (Vol. E, 907-13).
Tu. 03/31. Spring Recess. No classes all week.
Th. 04/02. Spring Recess. No classes all week.
Tu. 04/07. Franz Kafka. The Metamorphoses, Chapters 1-2 (Vol. F, 210-31). Read also the introduction, "Modernity and Modernism, 1900-1945 (Vol. F, 3-13).
Th. 04/09. Franz Kafka. The Metamorphoses, Chapter 3 (Vol. F, 231-41).
Tu. 04/14. Bertolt Brecht. The Good Woman of Setzuan, Prologue and Scenes 1-6a (Vol. F, 434-69).
Th. 04/16. Bertolt Brecht. The Good Woman of Setzuan, Scenes 7-10, Epilogue (Vol. F, 469-87).
JOURNAL SET 3 DUE BY EMAIL TUESDAY 04/21; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes Tagore through and including Brecht.)
Tu. 04/21. Jorge Luis Borges. "The Garden of Forking Paths" (Vol. F, 489-98).
Th. 04/23. Federico Garcia Lorca. "Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Mejias" (Vol. F, 577-83). Pablo Neruda. Read all selections (Vol. F, 585-99). Octavio Paz. "I Speak of the City" (Vol. F, 634-37).
Tu. 04/28. Nawal el Saadawi. "In Camera" (Vol. F, 1106-15). Nguyen Huy Thiep. "The General Retires" (Vol. F, 1210-23). Read also introduction "Contemporary World Literature" (Vol. F, 925-32).
Th. 04/30. Ngugi Wa Thiong'O. "Wedding at the Cross" (Vol. F, 1038-49).
Tu. 05/05. Wole Soyinka. Death and the King's Horseman, Scenes 1-3 (Vol. F, 1051-78).
Th. 05/07. Wole Soyinka. Death and the King's Horseman Scenes 4-5 (Vol. F, 1078-98).
JOURNAL SET 4 DUE BY EMAIL EXAM DAY; SEE INSTRUCTIONS. (Reminder: this set includes Borges through and including Soyinka.)