Journals for E240 World Ancient Literature, Chapman U Spring 2007

Word-processed journal entry sets will be due by email on the respective dates below. Please respond to the specified amount of study questions for each author. Numbers in parentheses mean "respond to any x number of study questions total on this author." For example, "Gilgamesh (6 questions)" means "respond to whichever six questions you prefer among those available on the Gilgamesh questions page." Together, the three journal sets are 30% of the course grade.

Wk 04 (02/22) Set 1: Gilgamesh (4 questions) | Egyptian Poetry (3 questions) | Bible (4 questions) | Homer (4 questions) | Pindar (2 questions).

Wk 09 (03/29) Set 2: Aeschylus (6 questions) | Plato (2 questions) | Classic of Poetry (3 questions) | Confucius (3 questions) | Chuang Chou (4 questions) | Mahabharata (5 questions) | Bhagavad Gita (3 questions) | Buddha (1 question) | Jataka (1 question).

Exam Wk (TBD) Set 3: | Lucretius (6 questions) | Virgil (5 questions) | Gospels (3 questions) | Augustine (5 questions) | Kalidasa (4 questions) | T'ao Ch'ien (2 questions--changed from 3).

Turning in Sets. Please word-process journal sets. Email your journal sets sometime during the day they are due, and label the message subject line logically: as in "E240 Journal 2, Jane Smith." (You can use attachments, or simply cut-and-paste your entries. Combine each set's entries into one document -- do not send a separate file for each author.) Label the authors and questions. Please don't send more than one complete journal set (if late) in the same message, and don't combine a message containing your journal set with, say, a paper draft or other important item -- things get "electronically misplaced" that way. EXPECT AN EMAIL CONFIRMATION FROM ME -- IF YOU DON'T RECEIVE ONE WITHIN 3 DAYS, I HAVEN'T RECEIVED YOUR JOURNAL!

Late Journal Sets. They are acceptable, but will receive a maximum grade of B. You cannot turn in more than one late set at the end of the semester. In other words, it is not acceptable to write up three complete journal sets and turn them in late in the semester. That defeats the whole point of keeping a journal.

How to Respond. Responses will vary in length to suit the questions. Many responses will require a short paragraph. There's no need to respond exhaustively -- just thoughtfully. The study questions should help you develop ideas for papers, participate in discussions, and learn more from class sessions. Here is a sample response to a question on Augustine's Confessions:

7. On 1229-31, how does Augustine use his early love of the theater to explore the tendencies of passion? And what seems to be the purpose of art (including rhetoric), as far as he is concerned? Why does he resolve to begin studying the scriptures?

Augustine explains that as a young man, he was "in love with love" (1229), in love with giving in to excessive feelings, and the plays he saw legitimized those feelings and encouraged him to indulge himself still more. A person can watch tragic events on stage and find them not horrible, but enjoyable -- looking back, Augustine finds this artistic experience wrong: we can take pleasure in a kind of sorrow that doesn't make any moral demands on us. (What if someone were to view Christ's suffering on the Cross that way?!) As for rhetoric, it's a way of showing off, of indulging one's pagan competitiveness. The young Augustine was curious about the scriptures, but pride kept him from understanding their superiority to polished classical rhetoric.

How Journals are Graded

A: all journal sets turned in complete and on time; responses are specific and consistently thoughtful -- neither vague remarks nor simple yes/ no statements.

B: all journal sets turned in (for the most part on time), but incomplete in terms of numbers or quality of response. Or all turned in, but mostly late.

C: one journal set missing, but all others completed satisfactorily and on time. Alternatively, all sets turned in, but responses show little effort to understand the texts.

D: two or more journal sets missing, and/or responses clearly not thoughtful enough to suggest serious engagement with the texts.

F: student has failed to turn in any journal sets. Anyone who does this would probably have to earn an "A" in all other components (attendance, final, paper) just to pass the course. Not a good idea....