ENGL 201: World Literature (Fall 2004)
FINAL EXAM ESSAY QUESTIONS
|Instructor:||Dr. Shawn Smith|
smithsb[AT]longwood.edu (replace [AT] with @)
|Office hours:||Tuesday 2-4, Wednesday 10-12, Thursday 11-12, and by appointment (please e-mail me to set up an appointment).|
Tuesdays and Thursdays in Grainger G18 at: 8-9:15 (sec. 03) and 9:30-10:45 (sec 04).
COURSE DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVES
This course is a study of selected movements and traditions (exclusive of United States and British literature) by major world writers.
This course satisfies General Education Goal 3: "An understanding of our cultural heritage as revealed in literature, its movements and traditions, through reading, understanding, analyzing, and writing about the major works that have shaped our thinking and provide a record of human experience." Upon completion of this course, students will
: (1) Understand major movements, themes, and values in one or more cultures as revealed in literature, (2) Analyze literary texts as reflections of cultural movements, themes, and values, and (3) Develop and defend interpretations of literary texts through written discourse.
TEXTS (available at the Longwood University Bookstore)
*Please make sure you use these editions and translations.*
Homer, The Iliad, trans. Fagles. [ISBN: 0140445927]
Ovid, The Metamorphoses, trans. Melville. [ISBN: 019283472X]
Virgil, The Aeneid, trans. Fitzgerald. [ISBN: 0679729526]
Dante, Inferno, trans. Esolen. [ISBN: 0812970063]
Petrarch, Canzoniere, selections, trans. Musa. [ISBN: 0192839519]
Two Spanish Picaresque Novels [incl. Lazarillo de Tormes], trans. Alpert (revised edition). [ISBN: 0140449000]
Voltaire, Candide, trans. Roger Pearson. [ISBN: 0192834266]
Mann, Death in Venice, trans. Neugroschel. [ISBN: 0141181737]
readings will be made available on Blackboard
under Course Documents. Please print out these readings, mark them up
as you read them, and bring them to class so you can consult them during our
Oxford Classical Dictionary, 3rd ed. [Longwood Library Reference Room DE5 .O9 1996]
Oxford Companion to Classical Literature, 2nd ed. [Longwood Library Reference Room DE5 .H3 1989]
Keep in mind that the Internet is an extremely poor source for scholarly information on literary works. The resources below will provide you with basic information on literary analysis, classical mythology, and world literature, but you should not think of these resources (or any others) as substitutes for your own active engagement with the works on the syllabus.
Perseus Project (classical texts)
Three exams, half objective, half essay (100 pts. each, 300 points total). All exams are cumulative in the sense that you may be expected to compare any of the works we read to texts from the earlier part of the course (e.g., "compare and contrast female characters in Homer, Vergil, and Dante").
Ten written responses to study questions (100 points). These responses should be a minimum of 250 words, and they should reflect a meaningful contemplation of and analysis of the readings. Go here for instructions and grading criteria. Please submit them via e-mail, in the body of the message (not as an attachment), before class meets (except on selected weeks indicated on the calendar below). Your lowest grade will be dropped (or you can skip one week). Late submissions will not be accepted under any circumstances, including illness). You can submit your responses either Tuesday or Thursday, but your response should attend to readings we have not yet discussed in class.. E.g., if we discuss Iliad 9 on Tuesday, your response should should be submitted before class meets on Tuesday, not on Thursday (after we've already discussed Iliad 9 in class). A paraphrase of the text is not acceptable--you must use the study questions as a point-of-departure for a meaningful analysis of the text that is supported by quotations and specific examples. Please conclude your responses with the Longwood Honor Pledge followed by your name. These responses should not require you to consult outside sources, but if you find it necessary to do so, cite your material using MLA format. If you consult outside sources, do not use them as a substitute for your own ideas. Please contact me if your grade isn't posted on Blackboard by the Monday after you submit your response. Please keep copies of all your responses, and check Blackboard regularly to make sure you are receiving grades.
Grades will be based on the following thresholds: 360 points = A, 320 points = B, 280 points = C, 240 points = D, below 239 = F. You will be able to access your grades on Blackboard throughout the semester.
This course requires a substantial amount of reading, most of it in verse. The material we will cover also requires a different kind of reading than you may be accustomed to. Unlike newspaper and magazine articles, or the textbooks you use in social science or business classes, poetry and other works of literature need to be read in a careful, reflective, and active manner. As you plan your study schedule, leave extra time for contemplation and note taking. Keep in mind that college students are generally expected to spend 2-3 hours preparing for each hour of classroom instruction—you should expect to spend a minimum of six hours per week preparing for this class. On exams, you should be prepared to identify and comment on important characters (you should also be able to spell their names) and episodes, complications, and conflicts in the works we read. One of the best ways to prepare yourself for class is to keep a reading journal in which you record notes on characters, outlines of plots, and your own responses to these works. You may also find it useful to keep a comparative list of Greek and Roman deities with notes on the numerous variants on their names (e.g., Aphrodite = Venus, Cytherea). Feel free to visit me in my office at any time during the semester if you are having difficulty with the readings, lectures, or discussions.
Please arrive on time, and be prepared to listen, think, and contribute. Please turn off wireless phones, pagers, headphones, and other electronic devices that might disrupt class. Please treat other students and your instructor in a civil and respectful manner. Note that classroom disruption is a violation of Longwood University's honor code.
Please keep electronic versions of all work you submit for this class until after you have received your final grade. In case of inclement weather, continue to read the daily assignments, continue to submit reading responses, and check this web page for announcements.
The Longwood University attendance policy in the 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog will be the attendance policy for this course. You will receive an F on work missed because of unexcused absences. Your grade will be lowered by one letter grade if you miss 10 percent of the scheduled class meeting times for unexcused absences. You will receive an F if you miss a total (excused and unexcused) of 25 percent of the scheduled class meeting times. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to obtain notes from a classmate (as well as announcements about syllabus changes or other matters). Exams can be made up only under the most grave circumstances, and with documentation from an MD or a Longwood University official. If you foresee a conflict, I expect you to discuss it with me beforehand. Written assignments handed in late will lose one letter grade for each class day late. Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of intellectual dishonesty will result in an F for the course and referral to the Longwood University Judicial system. For details on Longwood University's honor code and judicial system, direct your web browser to: http://www.longwood.edu/judicial.
Note: the syllabus may be changed at any time if necessary, though I'll try to give you as much advance notice as possible. Please check the web page regularly for updates.
Unless otherwise noted, the Arabic numerals following the titles of the works listed below refer to the major divisions of the work in question--for Homer and Vergil, "books"; for Dante, "cantos"; and for Petrarch, individual poems.
|31 August||Course introduction. What is literature, and why is it important? Introduction to Homer, and a close reading of the opening lines of the Iliad.|
|2 September||Homer, Iliad 1, 2 (lines 1-583 only), 3. No reading responses this week.|
|7 September||Homer, Iliad 4-6.|
|9 September||Homer, Iliad 8 (lines 1-90, 566-654), 9.|
|14 September||Homer, Iliad 16, 18.|
|16 September||Homer, Iliad 19, 20 (lines 185-365).|
|21 September||Homer, Iliad 22, 24.|
|23 September||Vergil, Aeneid 1-2.|
|28 September||Vergil, Aeneid 4, 6.|
|30 September||Vergil, Aeneid 8 (lines 793-992), 10 (lines 606-1276), 12 (lines 963-1298).|
|5 October||EXAM #1. Please bring a blue book to class. No reading responses this week.|
|7 October||Ovid, Metamorphoses: Apollo and Daphne (pp. 14-18), Jupiter and Europa (pp. 49-50), Diana and Actaeon (pp. 55-58), Narcissus and Echo (pp. 61-66), Pyramus and Thisbe (pp. 76-79).|
|12 October||Ovid, Metamorphoses: Salmacis and Hermaphroditus (pp. 83-86), Proserpine (pp. 109-116), Tereus, Procne, and Philomela (pp.134-142), Orpheus and Eurydice (pp. 215-228), Ganymede through Atalanta (pp. 229-248).|
|14 October||The New Testament, Sermon on the Mount (King James Version) (Matthew 5-7); selections from Augustine's Confessions (available on Blackboard under Course Documents); selections from Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologiae in Appendix C of our edition of Dante.|
|19 October||NO CLASS--FALL BREAK|
|21 October||Dante, Inferno 1-4.|
|26 October||Dante, Inferno 5-6, 10, 13.|
|28 October||Dante, Inferno 14-15, 21-22.|
|2 November||Dante, Inferno 26-27.|
|4 November||Dante, Inferno 30-34.|
|9 November||Dante, excerpts from Purgatorio and Paradiso (available on Blackboard under Course Documents).|
|11 November||EXAM #2. Please bring a blue book to class. No reading responses this week.|
|16 November||Petrarch, "Letter to Posterity," "The Ascent of Mount Ventoux," and the Canzoniere.|
|18 November||Lazarillo de Tormes, pp. 1-28.|
|23 November||Lazarillo de Tormes, pp. 29-60.|
|25 November||NO CLASS--THANKSGIVING|
|30 November||Voltaire, Candide, pp. 1-52.|
|2 December||Voltaire, Candide, pp. 52-100.|
|7 December||Mann, Death in Venice, pp. 287-328.|
|9 December||Mann, Death in Venice, pp. 329-366.|
|FINAL EXAM: Please bring a blue book to class.|