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"Syllabus for Alfred J. Drake's English 242: World Literature 400-1600 CE, Spring 2009 at Chapman University"

SYLLABUS FOR E242 WORLD LITERATURE 400-1600 CE, CHAPMAN U SPRING 2009 (10/27/10)

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BASIC INFORMATION

Course Information. English 242. T/Th. 8:30-9:45 p.m. Location: Beckman (BK) 204. Instructor: Alfred J. Drake, Ph.D. Office hours: T/Th. 10-11:15 a.m. in Cyber Cafe (Beckman). e242@ajdrake.com. Catalog: "This course will feature non-Anglophone literary texts from Western and non-Western traditions. . . . This course can be used to satisfy either the diversity or the pre-1850 distribution requirement for English majors. (Offered alternate years.) 3 credits."

Required Texts at the Chapman U Bookstore

Glidden, Hope, ed. Lyrics of the French Renaissance: Marot, Du Bellay, Ronsard. Trans. Norman Shapiro. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press, 2006. ISBN-13: 978-0226750521.

Lawall, Sarah, ed. The Norton Anthology of World Literature. 2nd. ed. New York: Norton, 2003. Package 1: Volumes A, B, C: Beginnings to 1650. ISBN-13: 978-0393924534.

Zenkovsky, Serge A. Medieval Russia's Epics, Chronicles, and Tales. New York: Penguin, 1974. ISBN-13: 978-0452010864.


OPTIONAL RESOURCES TO HELP YOU DO WELL

Instructor & Student Blogs | Class Sessions in MP3 Audio | Guides | Offsite Links.


COURSE RATIONALE AND PLAN

Major Study Units. This course will cover selected texts in the eastern and western literary traditions from approximately 400-1600 CE; that is, from the early medieval period to the European Renaissance.

Course Policies. Please review early in the semester.


HOW YOUR PERFORMANCE WILL BE EVALUATED

Presentations Requirement: Link to Full Instructions. At the beginning of the course, students will sign up for two or three (depending on class size) three-to-five-minute in-class presentations on authors of their choosing (if possible). I will provide presenters with specific questions to address (from among those on the author questions pages) and within a few days after sign-up I will post a schedule on the Presentations page. Each session will feature several presentations. Required: Several days before you present, email me as full a draft as possible of what you intend to say in class. I will email you back with advice. I will post your original draft to the students' blog for this course, but if in my comments I suggested developing the remarks further, you should also send me a revised version within one week after your in-class presentation so that I can post the new version. Other students may, if they wish, access the written entries as they're added by visiting the appropriately named link on the Course Blogs Index Page. 20% of course grade.

Journals Requirement: Link to Full Instructions. Responses to a choice of questions from the study questions page for each author. Three separate journal sets due by email as specified below in reading schedule. Electronic format required. (30%)

Term Paper Requirement: Link to Full Instructions. By the end of 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 for the paper 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. Follow MLA (Modern Language Association) guidelines. Research is optional for undergraduates; see Chapman Library. See Resources/Guides/Writing Guides: MLA, Grammar, Deductive, Citing, Analyzing, and Editing. (30%)

Final Exam Requirement: Link to Full Instructions. The exam will consist of substantive id passages, mix-and-match questions (match phrase or concept x to author/text y), and essay and/or short-essay questions. There will be more choices than required responses. Books and notes allowed for all sections, but no laptops. Exam date: see below. (20%)

Emailing Journals/Paper/Presentations to e242 at ajdrake.com. Email journals, presentations, and term paper as attachments. Don't send more than one document in the same email. Label subject lines appropriately: "E242 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 AND PRESENTATIONS

Augustine | Bhartrhari | Koran | Ibn Ishaq | Attar | Rumi | 1001 Nights | Shikibu | Shonagon | Kenko | Motokiyo & Nobumitsu | Russian Tales | Petrarch | Machiavelli | Erasmus | Ariosto | Castiglione | French Lyrics | Montaigne | Vega | Florentine Codex | Cantares Mexicanos | Popol Vuh.


SESSION SCHEDULE: FOLLOWING WORKS DISCUSSED ON DATES INDICATED

WEEK 1

Tu. 02/03. Course introduction.

Th. 02/05. Saint Augustine. Confessions (1121-36).

WEEK 2

Tu. 02/10. Saint Augustine. Confessions (1136-49).

Th. 02/12. Bhartrhari. Shatakatrayam (1332-37).

WEEK 3

Tu. 02/17. The Koran (1426-60).

Th. 02/19. Ibn Ishaq. The Biography of the Prophet (1460-76).

WEEK 4

Tu. 02/24. Faridoddin Attar. The Conference of the Birds (1528-41).

Th. 02/26. Jalaloddin Rumi. Selections (1544-49).

WEEK 5

Tu. 03/03. Anonymous. The Thousand and One Nights (1566-1591).

Th. 03/05. Anonymous. The Thousand and One Nights (1591-1618). Journal Set 1 Due by Email by Sunday, 03/08

WEEK 6

Tu. 03/10. Murasaki Shikibu. The Tale of Genji (2174-2224).

Th. 03/12. Murasaki Shikibu. The Tale of Genji (2224-2270).

WEEK 7

Tu. 03/17. Sei Shonagon. The Pillow Book (2270-2300).

Th. 03/19. Yoshida Kenko. Essays in Idleness (2326-2342).

WEEK 8

Tu. 03/24. Zeami Motokiyo. Atsumori (2350-55) and Haku Rakuten (2356-61); K. K. Nobumitsu. Dojoji (2361-70).

Th. 03/26. Medieval Russia's Epics, Chronicles, and Tales: "The Lay of Igor's Campaign" (167-90); "Tale of the Life of and Courage of the Pious and Great Prince Alexander Nevsky" (224-36).

WEEK 9

Tu. 03/31. Medieval Russia's Epics, Chronicles, and Tales: "The Life of St. Michael, a Fool in Christ" (300-10); "The Tale of the White Cowl" (323-32); ; "Shemiaka's Judgment" (449-52).

Th. 04/02. Francis Petrarch. "Letter" and Sonnets (2476-90).

WEEK 10

Tu. 04/07. Spring Break: no classes.

Th. 04/09. Spring Break: no classes.

WEEK 11

Tu. 04/14. Niccolo Machiavelli. The Prince (2517-34).

Th. 04/16. Desiderius Erasmus. In Praise of Folly (2490-2517). Journal Set 2 Due by Email by Sunday, 04/19

WEEK 12

Tu. 04/21. Ludovico Ariosto. Orlando Furioso (2534-49).

Th. 04/23. Baldesar Castiglione. The Book of the Courtier (2552-64).

WEEK 13

Tu. 04/28. Lyrics of the French Renaissance: Marot, Du Bellay, Ronsard. Clement Marot (21-157): read at least a few poems in each of the categories among his selections -- ballades, rondeax, chansons, epistres, epigrammes.

Th. 04/30. Lyrics of the French Renaissance: Marot, Du Bellay, Ronsard. Joachim du Bellay (159-265): read 185-97 entire (Les antiquitez de Rome) and at least a few poems each from among those included in the several separate collections by this author. Pierre de Ronsard (267-381). Read at least five poems total from among the several collections of Odes (324-53). Paragraph on paper topic and argument due by Sunday, 05/03.

WEEK 14

Tu. 05/05. Michel de Montaigne. Essays (2632-70).

Th. 05/07. Lope de Vega. Fuente Ovejuna (2783-2821).

WEEK 15

Tu. 05/12. Florentine Codex (3070-73), Cantares Mexicanos (3073-76).

Th. 05/14. Popol Vuh (3076-92).

FINAL EXAM

Final Exam Date: Friday, May 22 8:00-10:30 a.m. Due by Monday, May 25: Paper and Journal Set 3. I must turn in grades by Sunday, May 31st. For your other courses, check the Spring 2009 Chapman Final Exam Schedule.


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