Office: 2319 MIB Phone: 538-4156 Email: [email protected] Office hours: M-Th 11:30-12 & TTh 11:30-1 Lynne Lerych English 252: Survey of World Literature Course Description: Survey of World Literature covers literary selections from a wide variety of the world's cultures. Specifically, it addresses stories, poems and plays from Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East. It also covers literary genre, critical methodologies, research, and critical thinking. Satisfies humanities distribution area D requirement or specified elective requirement for the AA degree. 5 lecture hours. Prerequisite: A grade of C- or better in English 101. Learning Outcomes: 1. Comprehending important ideas and details from texts 2. Recognizing cultural and historical influences on the world's various literatures 3. Analyzing and synthesizing ideas from texts for a variety of purposes 4. Thinking critically about readings, and about one's own responses 5. Understanding the structural and technical formal elements of literature 6. Engaging in logical, evidence-backed discussion of literature 7. Communicating critical and analytical responses to texts in one's own, appropriate voice 8. Writing for a variety of purposes, including to analyze, critique, and justify 9. Taking part in productive and effective group discussions and problem-solving sessions Course Resources/Textbooks/Website: Gilgamesh (do not purchase – available online at http://www.aina.org/books/eog/eog.pdf) Book of Job, tr. Stephen Mitchell Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal, by Christopher Moore Beowulf, tr. Seamus Heaney The Sailor Who Fell From Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima, tr. John Nathan Chinese & Japanese poetry (do not purchase – available on our course website) Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe Shalimar the Clown, by Salman Rushdie Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, tr. Gregory Rabassa Life of Pi, by Yann Martel Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino, tr. William Weaver Course Schedule: Date WEEK 1 M 4/14 T 4/15 W 4/16 Th 4/17 Sa 4/19 WEEK 2 M 4/21 T 4/22 W 4/23 Th 4/24 WEEK 3 M 4/28 T 4/29 W 4/30 Th 5/1 Sa 5/3 WEEK 4 M 5/5 T 5/6 W 5/7 Th 5/8 WEEK 5 M 5/12 T 5/13 W 5/14 Th 5/15 WEEK 6 M 5/19 T 5/20 W 5/21 Th 5/22 WEEK 7 M 5/26 T 5/27 W 5/28 Th 5/29 Sa 5/31 WEEK 8 M 6/2 T 6/3 W 6/4 Th 6/5 WEEK 9 M 6/9 T 6/10 W 6/11 Th 6/12 WEEK 10 M 6/16 T 6/17 W 6/18 Th 6/19 Sa 6/21 FINALS M 6/23 T 6/24 W 6/25 Th 6/26 Reading (complete before class) UNIT 1: Beginnings Syllabus, webpage documents Gilgamesh – pp. 1-15 (read online) Gilgamesh – pp. 16-24 (read online) In-Class Activity Introduction Discussion Discussion Discussion Book of Job – introduction Book of Job – through Round II Book of Job – Round III through end Lecture, discussion Discussion Discussion QLT Lamb – author’s blessing & prologue Lamb – Part I Lamb – Parts II, III, & IV Lamb – Parts V & VI Lecture, discussion Discussion Discussion Discussion UNIT 2: Cultures in Conflict Beowulf – through line 1250 Beowulf – line 1251 through end Work Due (points) Pop quiz 3 Pop quiz 3 Pop quiz 3 Introductory Post (noon via Canvas) 4 Pop quiz 3 Pop quiz 3 Pop quiz 3 QLT #1 80 Pop quiz 3 Pop quiz 3 Pop quiz 3 Pop quiz 3 Paper #1: Beginnings (noon via Canvas) 100 Lecture, discussion Discussion NO CLASS – STUDENT SUCCESS QLT Pop quiz 3 Pop quiz 3 Web research – Yukio Mishima Sailor Who Fell – Summer Sailor Who Fell - Winter Chinese & Japanese poetry (online) Lecture, discussion Discussion Discussion Discussion Pop quiz 3 Pop quiz 3 Pop quiz 3 Pop quiz 3 Things Fall Apart – introduction Things Fall Apart – through ch. 13 Things Fall Apart – ch. 14 through end Lecture, discussion Discussion Discussion QLT Pop quiz 3 Pop quiz 3 Pop quiz 3 QLT #3 80 Shalimar the Clown – India Shalimar the Clown – Boonyi & Max Shalimar the Clown – Shalimar UNIT 3: Literature and Life Shalimar the Clown – Kashmira Chronicle of a Death Foretold – ch. 1 Chronicle of a Death Foretold – chs. 2-5 Life of Pi – Author’s Note & Part I Life of Pi – Part II through ch. 62 Life of Pi – ch. 63 through end Invisible Cities – Part 1 Invisible Cities – Parts 2-5 Invisible Cities – Parts 6-9 MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY Discussion Discussion Discussion QLT #2 80 Pop quiz 3 Pop quiz 3 Pop quiz 3 Paper #2: Cultures in Conflict (noon via Canvas) 100 Discussion Lecture, discussion Discussion QLT Pop quiz 3 Pop quiz 3 Pop quiz 3 QLT #4 80 Discussion NO CLASS Discussion Discussion Pop quiz 3 Lecture, discussion Discussion Discussion QLT Pop quiz 3 Pop quiz 3 Pop quiz 3 Pop quiz 3 Pop quiz 3 QLT #5 80 Paper #3: Literature & Life (noon via Canvas) 100 TBA Final Exam 9-11 a.m. Final Exam 200 General Expectations: All participants in this class are expected to: treat the discipline, the instructor, and colleagues with respect attend class consistently, on time, and ready to do honest work devote at least one hour per day, every day, to preparing for class pay attention and take good notes participate earnestly in all class activities recognize that learning from mistakes is uncomfortable but essential ask relevant questions at any time during class sessions make good use of the instructor’s time outside the classroom Grading Scale A 931-1,000 A900-930 B+ 871-899 B 831-870 B800-830 C+ 771-799 C 731-770 C700-730 D+ 671-699 D 631-670 F 0-630 Course Policies: Attendance/Punctuality: You are expected to be in class on time every day in order to benefit from learning opportunities that occur only in class. You will be held accountable for what happens in class even in your absence. You may help yourself and your classmates make up emergency absences by taking good class notes and exchanging phone numbers and e-mail addresses with each other for immediate catch-up. Although attendance carries no point value in the course grading system, a good attendance record may be used to round up borderline final grades. Deadlines: This syllabus provides you a schedule detailing due dates for all assignments. Should a legitimate emergency prevent you from meeting a deadline despite your best efforts, it will be your responsibility to exercise excellent judgment by consulting with me positively and professionally at the earliest possible opportunity to arrange for a specific, approved alternate plan. Remember that simply leaving me a message about missing a deadline, no matter how interesting the reason for missing, does not solve the problem. My task as an instructor is to evaluate the quality of your work, not the validity of your excuses. Failure to submit required writing assignments may result in the rejection of your final portfolio for a grade. Format and Submission of Work: All written work must be word-processed and double-spaced. The upper right-hand corner of the first page of each assignment must include your name, my name, the date, the course, and the name of the assignment (refer to sample assignments for a model). Each assignment must have a title centered at the beginning of the text. Work must be saved as a Microsoft Word file (.doc, .docx) and posted to the appropriate drop box in our online classroom. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in rejection of your assignment for credit. Academic Integrity: All forms of cheating, falsification, and plagiarism are against the rules of this course and of Grays Harbor College. Students who are unsure what constitutes academic dishonesty are responsible for asking the instructor for clarification. Instances of intentional academic dishonesty will be dealt with severely. Disabilities: Students who have documented disabilities that require accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the Disability Support Services coordinator as well as the instructor of the course in order to ensure that together we create an optimal environment for educational achievement. W Day: W Day, the final day to officially withdraw from a course, is the Thursday of the seventh week (Thursday of the fourth week for summer quarter). This quarter, that is May 29. Students who do not withdraw by that date will receive the grades they have earned, regardless of whether they are attending the course or completing the work. Students who are considering withdrawal are strongly advised to consult with the instructor, advisor and financial aid prior to withdrawing. The only withdrawals allowed after W Day are complete withdrawals from all courses. Classroom Decorum: The college classroom must be a working and learning environment in which adults treat each other with respect. Students who demonstrate a disregard for working, learning, adult behavior or respect for others may be asked to leave the classroom. The rules of courtesy require students to refrain from distracting colleagues via side conversations and other rude behaviors. Owners of cell phones that ring, buzz, or otherwise distract will be transported immediately to the fourth circle of hell and condemned to useless labor for all eternity. Then they will lose 20 points.
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