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1-02-07 Winter Hero Course Syllabus

1-02-07 Winter Hero Course Syllabus

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Humanities 310-02
Key Concepts: Hero and Antihero
Professor Tom GiannottiWinter 2007 (15011)LCH A334
M-Th 5-5:30 or by appointmentMTWTh 6:00-9:50 PM(310) 243-3930
LCH A324
Course Texts
PublisherDateISBNPriceReading Total
Campbell, Joseph.
 Hero With a Thousand Faces
Princeton19900-6910-1784-0$15.95 240 pages
Conrad, Joseph.
 Heart of Darkness
Mod Lib19990-3757-5377-x$7.95110 pages
Ibsen, Henrik.
 Four Major Plays: A Doll House
Signet/P19920-4515-2406-3$6.9575 pages
Miller, Arthur.
 Death of a Salesman
Penguin19770-1404-8134-6$7.95125 pages
Morrison, Toni.
Signet/P19890-4522-6349-2$11.95175 pages
Rowson, Susanna.
Charlotte Temple
Penguin19910-1413-9080-4$12.95130 pages
Shakespeare, William.
 Norton19920-3939-5663-6$11.9595 pages
Oedipus the King 
Oxford19900-1950-5493-8$8.9575 pagesWeekly Average: 343 pages Total:1030 pages
Course Description and Objectives
Prerequisite: HUM 200. Course objectives: 1) to investigate the cultural assumptions and implications lying behind the archetypes of heroism and antiheroism; 2) to sharpen students’ aptitudes as critical readers,interpreters, and writers. Our odyssey through literary myth and cultural history begins in classical antiquity,whose heroes mirror the consensual values of their society, and then traces the transformations of heroism anddevelopment of antiheroism amid the modern world’s more problematic and paradoxical value-systems. Textsdrawn from literature, mythology, stage drama, and film, with sideglances at philosophy and psychology. Classmeetings are divided into two discussion sessions separated by a break, with a brief quiz at the beginning andsometimes a writing session or quiz at the end.
Course Requirements and Grading 
Regular access to Blackboard and class email is required, and course grade may be penalized up to oneletter grade if you do not access them: please update your username in Blackboard to receive class email.
Ten Quizzes • 30% . Ten multiple-choice quizzes, usually of four questions (at all class meetings but first), most given in the first five minutes of class, some in the last five. Only partial creditissued after 6:05; quizzes cannot be taken or made up after 6:10. Please bring a Scantron #882-ES(the long ones) every day.
Midterm Essay • 30% . Typed, 4-5 pages, due in hard copy in class and in Digital Dropbox (TBA).Late papers accepted, but are docked one letter per day.
Final Essay • 40% . Typed, 4-5 pages, due in hard copy in class and in Digital Dropbox. No papers accepted after 8:00 PM, Th, Jan 18.
Diagnostic Essay • 0% . Not included in GPA, but penalty of one letter grade assessed on Midtermif you do not write the Diagnostic on the first or second class day.
Course Policies
 Note that class meets at 6:00—if getting here on time will be a problem, please don’t enroll.Please bring texts to class daily, and please switch off cell phones.
The drop deadline in Winter is at the end of the first week—please decide your status by then as Idon’t normally approve drops after the deadline and require documented “serious and compellingreason”: a medical emergency or permanent change in work schedule is adequate reason; a failing performance or frequent absence is not.
All work is due in class, Th, Jan 18. Please be aware that Incompletes won't be issued for con-sistently missed work or absence—only for medical or other documented emergency on the finalexam when
prior work is complete.
Take-home essays and exams must be typed (200-250 words/page). Please don't use folders.Sorry, I can’t accept voluntary rewrites in so short a term
let’s get it right the first time. I onlyaccept papers with a Scoring Sheet attached to the back. Please print them out from Blackboard.
You’re required to know the CSUDH plagiarism policy in the catalog. If you copy from another source without proper acknowlegement/documentation, the consequences will normally include myassigning an F for the course and reporting it to the Vice President’s office for disciplinary action.
I’ll post grades by Tu, Jan 23, 3:00 PM; they’re available from Toro Web within 24 hours.
Humanities 310
Wk 1Initiations Myth and The Classical Hero Work Due
TuJan 2Break:7:30Read Aristotle-Frye handout in syllabus (during break).6:00 • Introduction6:30 • Video: Campbell,
The Hero’s Adventure
(0:55)7:30 • Break: Read Aristotle-Frye handout, visit bookstore.8:00 • Lecture: Heroism and Its Types
SE 1/2:
WJan 3Break:7:00Read Sophocles,
. Campbell, “Monomyth” (3-47) .6:00 • Discussion: Sophocles,
Oedipus Rex
 7:10 • Discussion: Campbell, “The Monomyth”7:30 • Writing Session (Aristotle/Frye,
, Campbell)
SE 1/2:
Quiz 1:
andCampbell (3-47)ThJan 4Break:8:00Read Campbell, “Departure,” “Initiation,” “Return” (49-243).6:00 • Discussion: Classical Heroes and Antiheroes7:30
Video: Rosenberg,
Cool Hand Luke
Quiz 2: Campbell (49-243)
Wk 2
Thematic Transformations • Hero and Antihero
MJan 8Break:7:45Read Shakespeare,
.6:00 • Video: Shakespeare,
Vol. 1 (1:42 of 3:38)8:00 • Video: Shakespeare,
Vol. 2 (1:54 of 3:38)
Quiz 3:
TuJan 9Break:8:00Read T.S. Eliot, “Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” in syllabus.6:00 Discussion: Shakespeare,
8:10 • Discussion: Eliot, “Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”
Quiz 4:
WJan 10Break:8:00Read Arthur Miller,
 Death of a Salesman
.6:00 • Discussion: Miller,
 Death of a Salesman
8:10 • Discussion: Miller,
 Death of a Salesman
Quiz 5:
Gender Transformations • Hero and Heroine
ThJan 11Break:8:00Read Susanna Rowson,
Charlotte Temple
.6:00 • Discussion: Rowson,
Charlotte Temple
8:00 • Break 8:10 • Discussion: Rowson,
Charlotte Temple
Quiz 6: Rowson
Wk 3
Cultural Transformations • Heroism and Other Cultures
MJan 15MLK Holiday No Class MeetingTuJan 16Break:8:00Read Henrik Ibsen,
 A Doll House
.6:00 Discussion: Ibsen,
 A Doll House
8:00 • Break 8:10 Discussion: Ibsen,
 A Doll House
Quiz 7:
 Doll House
WJan 17Break:8:00Read Toni Morrison,
.6:00 Discussion: Morrison,
8:00 • Break 8:10 Discussion: Morrison,
Quiz 8:
ThJan 18Break:8:30Read Joseph Conrad,
 Heart of Darkness
.6:00 • Video: Copolla,
 Apocalypse Now
(2:33)3:40 • Discussion:
 Heart of Darkness
 Apocalypse Now
Final Exam Essay Due
Quiz 9: Copolla
Quiz 10: Conrad
Humanities 310 • Plagiarism, Sources, and Documentation
You’re required to know the CSUDH plagiarism policy in the catalog. If you copy from another sourcewithout proper acknowlegement/documentation, the consequences will normally include my assigningan F for the course and reporting it to the Vice President’s office for disciplinary action. I may requirethat you submit essays in electronic format.You are asked not to consult secondary sources for your Short Essays or Midterm and Final Essays
Since we're all using the same editions of Campbell and the literary works, you don't need to cite themformally in a Works Cited list—when you quote from Campbell or from a work of fiction, just cite the page number in parentheses; when you quote poetry or drama, just cite line number or act/scene/linenumber in parentheses:
Kurtz’s final resolution in
 Heart of Darkness
is to “Exterminate all the brutes!” (39).
Campbell contends that “the hero’s adventure isn’t over till it’s over” (213).
It’s the Fool in
 Happy Days
who reminds us, “I’ll speak a prophecy ere I go” (3. 2.75).
Milton’s speaker in
ends on a note of reassurance and resurrected hope: “Theshepherds weep no more/Henceforth thou art the genius of the shore” (192-93).
If you do use outside sources of any kind, follow the “new” (post-1984) MLA format for documentation,which does away with footnotes and bibliography and replaces them with a system of in-text parenthetical citation keyed to a "Works Cited" list at the end of the paper. If you're unfamiliar with it, pick up a copy of the fifth edition
MLA Handbook 
and keep it close to your bedside, but here's a crashcourse in the MLA system. If you quote, paraphrase material, or borrow ideas from a secondary source(even an editor’s introduction or web site), you must document properly in the text of your paper:
According to Amoretti,
 Heart of Darkness
“marks the end of Victorian fiction” (vii).
Giannotti has suggested that the Italians are a strange but happy people, "beardless and bootless, with a gift for language and song" (153). Note that this rule applies to any material you use from an editor’s introduction or critical essay in theeditions we’re using (which generally
recommended). Again, you must document the specificwriter and introduction, essay, or footnote you’re borrowing from:
According to one critic of the play, for Hamlet,
“readiness is all” (Kettle 246).Once you’ve cited the source in your text, your Works Cited list at the end of the paper will cite booksand articles or chapters in books like this:
Amoretti, Spenser. “Preface.”
 Heart of Darkness
. By Joseph Conrad. New York: Penguin,1995. ii-viii.
Giannotti, Thomas J.
My People, My Pasta, My Patrimony
. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1998.
Salsa di Pomodori, Mario. "The Wine Presses of the Lord."
Sources for Viticulture
. Ed.Pasquale Firmi. Las Vegas: Basta, 1994. 17-31.
Kettle, Arnold, “Hamlet in a Changing World.”
. Ed. Cyrus Hoy. 2
ed. New York: Norton, 1992. 237-46.For more details about journal, magazine, and web sources, please consult the
MLA Handbook 
, sixthedition.
Humanities 310
A Note on Editorial Markings

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