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World Lit 2
“No one shall know our joys, save us alone, / And there’s no evil till the act is known; /
It’s scandal, Madam, which makes it an offense, / And it’s no sin to sin in confidence.”

81788 ENGL 2112.45 W 5:30-8p WRC1-130 Dr. Gerald R. Lucas

Materials Requirements Policies Schedule Procedure Contact

Things you need and do What is expected that These are the rules of Each class meeting will Where and how to
not need for the class. you complete in order to the class that all follow a certain contact me, your
Below pass the course. All of students are expected to procedure. From quiz to professor for the course,
these requirements follow, from attendance questions, from lecture Dr. Lucas.
must be completed to technological to discussion, the Page 4
successfully for a literacy. These policies procedure will be
student to pass the are always the final followed daily.
course. word. The reading, Page 2
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Modern Text

Lawall, Sarah, et al. The Norton Anthology of Western
Literature, Volume 2. New York: W.W. Norton, 2005.
This book should always accompany you to class, as
we will make heavy use of it in our daily
This section of World Literature, ENGL 2112, explores discussions. Please do not come to class without it:
the genesis and maturity of modern thought and literary we need the book for class activities, in-class
expression from the latter-seventeenth century until the writing, and all aspects of our study.
Humanities Online
World Literature 2 examines national literatures
You are required to have an account on Humanities
other than those of Britain and America from the “The Wanderer above a Sea of Fog” by Online, the server that will support all of your work
Renaissance to the present. Particular emphasis is Caspar David Friedrich (1818) in this class. As a part of this requirement, you
placed on western literature, especially continental,
should have access to a computer with Internet
Russian, and Latin American fiction of the 19th and
capability and a current web browser, like Firefox.
20th centuries.
Since we have only a limited time in this survey, we
Pen and Paper
World Literature 2 explores texts — poems, novels, will concentrate on both diversity of texts explored
novellas, plays, and short stories — in their and the detail of that exploration. Authors include You should also bring an ink interface of some sort,
historical and cultural contexts (particularly the Voltaire, Pushkin, Dostoyevsky, Baudelaire, as well as dead trees on which to take notes. Notes
scientific and intellectual movements of Rimbaud, Ibsen, Mann, Borges, Kundera, and should not only reflect good listening skills, but
Enlightenment, Romanticism, and Modernism) as Calvino, among others. individual interest in every topic discussed in class.
well as consider how those texts still inform our You should not sit in class like you’re watching TV:
views of ourselves today. learning requires active participation.

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Materials Requirements Course Procedure

Continued from the front page. There are three major requirements for World Every class will follow a similar procedure,
Literature 2, each of which must be beginning promptly at the start of class.
successfully completed to pass the course.
Before class, you should post about the week’s
Materials, like cell phones, food, magazines, iPods, Assignments are weighed on a point system, reading in the forum. See “Forum” under
etc., should be left in your car. They are not needed depending on their importance. For example, Requirements to the left. Also, be sure you follow
for our class and should, therefore, not accompany a reading quiz might have 10 points while the the directions online before completing your forum
you. I understand our contemporary need to be in
final exam might have 200. requirement.
contact with everyone all the time, but do not let
this personal need distract the rest of the class. If 1. Attendance — If you come in late, it is your
you answer a cell phone in my class, I will expect responsibility to ask me to mark you present.
you to leave. In addition, I do not allow class A midterm and a final exam will be given that will Remember, two tardies count as an absence.
discussions to be taped, so do not bring any voice test your knowledge of the subject matter (texts,
recording devices to class. You may use laptops lecture material, and vocabulary), your ability to 2. Reading Quiz — Since reading is such an
unless I ask you not to bring them. synthesize this material, and your creativity in important component of this course, you should
going beyond the discussion and lecture materials. expect a quiz for every assigned reading. These
Rated R The final exam will include vocabulary, quizzes are designed to test factual aspects of the
identification, and interpretation. All exam grades text, not interpretation or evaluation. Read every
Finally, since class lecture and discussion will often
will be based upon objective knowledge of the text carefully and take reading notes — character
touch on the controversial, this college classroom is
material, thoroughness, depth of insight, precision, names, general plot, important items, etc. — and
not an appropriate place for children. Please leave
and originality. the quizzes will be no problem.
them at home.
Writing Forum 3. Posing Questions — As you read each assigned
text, consider aspects of the text that are
To get you thinking more critically about the major confusing or unclear. When you finish reading,
works, you are required to respond to class readings write down at least five questions that you have
in writing both formally and informally. All writing about the text. These questions should be in an
should be thoughtful, refer to specific portions of effort to gain further insight to the text for
the text, use the critical vocabulary, and cite yourself and your classmates. After the quiz, you
correctly using MLA citation method. will have the opportunity to pose these questions
for discussion.
For all of the major works we study in this class,
you are required to respond informally in writing. 4. Group Discussion — In small groups, you will
These responses will be posted in an online forum discuss each others’ questions and come up with
on Humanities Online, so the entire class can benefit five of the best to share with the class for further
from reading your thoughts. The forum will also consideration.
give you a chance to respond to others’ ideas. Your
writing in the forum should total at least 350 words 5. Discussion — The rest of the class periods for the
per week. week will be our attempt to answer the questions
posed at the beginning of the class and maybe
Daily Work come up with more. The idea is to get a grasp of
the themes and concerns of the text.
Regular class attendance, question posing, and
active participation in classroom discussions are
required. Participation, effort, and attitude will
count significantly in this course. Quizzes, other
class activities, and homework assignments not
explicitly outlined above will be considered daily

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that you write, you must supply a citation in an in the course. Please see me for additional assistance

Policies identifiable citation method, e.g., MLA, Chicago, etc.

Willful plagiarism will result in automatic failure of
this class and will be submitted to the Dean for
further potential consequences. Remember two
when necessary.

You will be accountable for knowing and things:
practicing each of these policies. Consider 1. If you use the language of your source, you must
them like the law: the excuse “I didn’t know” quote it exactly, enclose it in quotation marks,
will carry no weight. and cite the source using MLA citation style in all
my courses. A paraphrase employs source
Assignments material by restating an idea in an entirely new
form that is original in both sentence structure
Your work represents you. Therefore, I expect
and word choice. Quotations and paraphrases
everything you turn into me to exemplify the very
must be cited to avoid plagiarism.
best of your professional self. Please proofread all
writing before submission. 2. If you use ideas or information that are not
common knowledge, you must cite a source.
Unsure as to what to cite, when to cite, and how to
Attendance will be taken at every class meeting. If
cite? Check your handbook for the best information.
you come in late, it is your responsibility to inform
me of your presence that day. If you fail to do so,
you are absent. Two tardies count as one absence.
There are no “excused absences” in my class, but
you are allowed to miss one class before your grade
suffers. Each additional class missed beyond the
allotted one will result in your final semester’s
grade being dropped one letter.


Late work is not acceptable and will receive a zero.

Technical, computer malfunctions are not acceptable
excuses for late work. Quizzes and in-class activities
cannot be made up for any reason. Pay particular
attention to forum deadlines; if you complete the
forum after the due date, you will receive no credit. Detail of “The Disappearing Bust of
Voltaire” by Salvador Dalí (1941)

The best and quickest way of contacting me is via

email. Only use the email address that I provided on The professor reserves the right to use Turn It In, a
this document for class business: plagiarism prevention service, to evaluate any
<>. written work submitted for this course. As directed
by the professor, students are expected to submit or
Grades have their assignments submitted through the
service in order to meet requirements for this
Letter grades are based upon a traditional ten-point course. The papers may be retained by the service
scale. If you would like to know your official grade, for the sole purpose of checking for plagiarized
you should see me during my office hours or make content in future student submissions.
an appointment.
Special Needs
Any student who has special needs should contact
Course readings are an integral part of the class and Ann E. Loyd at the Counseling and Career Center
should be brought daily. When readings are (478-471-2714) and fill out the appropriate
assigned to be discussed in class, please bring a paperwork. The student should then see me with
copy of the reading (assigned PDFs should be the documentation so that the necessary
printed on dead trees) with your reading notes accommodations can be made.
ready to participate in the discussion. Do not come
to class without your books and something to write Technology Competency
with and on. Everyday. Seriously.
Computer competency is an integral skill in any
Plagiarism discipline. Students should be familiar with the
general uses of a computer, particularly using a web
Any time you use ideas that are not your own — be browser. Students should be willing to put forth the
they paraphrased or copied verbatim — in anything effort to learn what they need to in order to succeed

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Course Schedule
This schedule represents the ideal outline for our semester, but it is tentative and
subject to change. It reflects only an overview of readings and assignments, but does
not always indicate other specific class session assignments or activities.
Week 1 (8/19) Week 7 (9/30) Week 12 (11/4) Exam
Course Introduction Goethe Faust continued Mann Death in Venice W 12/9 6-8pm
LitMUSE Account Creation
Week 8 (10/7) Week 13 (11/11)
Week 2 (8/26) Mid-term Exam Kafka The Metamorphosis
Molière Tartuffe
Week 9 (10/14) Week 14 (11/18)
Week 3 (9/2) Conferences Borges “The Garden of the
Pope Essay on Man Last Day to Drop with a “W” Forking Paths”
Voltaire Candide Burowski “Ladies and Gentlemen,
Week 10 (10/21) to the Gas Chamber”
Week 4 (9/9) Pushkin “Queen of Spades” Mishima “Partriotism”
Voltaire Candide continued Dostoyevsky “The Grand
Inquisitor” Week 15 (12/2)
Week 5 (9/16) Borges “The Aleph”
Rousseau from Confessions Week 11 (10/28) Rulfo “Talpa”
Gogol “The Overcoat” Fuentes “The Doll Queen”
Week 6 (9/23) Turgenev “First Love” Calvino “The Distance of the
Goethe Faust Chekhov “The Lady with the Pet Moon
Dog” Kundera “The Hitchhiking Game”

Gerald R. Lucas, Ph.D. LitMUSE

Associate Professor of English

Email: This sever contains all the information presented in this
Office: Macon Campus, H/SS-117 document. It also houses resources that go far beyond this
syllabus. I would recommend that you spend some time
Office Hours familiarizing yourself with these. They are designed to help
you help yourself to produce stellar work both in this class and
W 4:30-5:30p; by appointment
those you will subsequently attempt.

Humanities Department
Main Phone: (478) 471-5792
The information presented on this syllabus is Please email me rather than trying to call. I will answer email

current as of Wednesday, August 12, 2009. For much more quickly than I will return a call.

100 College Station Drive

the most accurate and up-to-date information, Macon, GA 31206

please consult the LitMUSE web site.

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