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ENGL 2112 • 27099 Section 01 • MW 12:30pm-1:45pm • H/SS 118 Dr. Gerald Lucas Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 ENGL 2112, World Literature II, examines national literatures other than those of Britain and America from the Renaissance to the present. Particular emphasis is placed on western literature, especially continental, Russian, and Latin American fiction of the 19th and 20th centuries. World Lit II will explore texts — poems, novels, novellas, plays, and short stories — in their historical and cultural contexts as well as consider how those texts still inform our views of ourselves today. Since we have only a limited time in this survey, we will concentrate on both diversity of texts explored and the detail of that exploration. Texts include those by Voltaire, Pushkin, Dostoyevsky, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Ibsen, Mann, and Borges, among others.
The Norton Anthology of Western Literature, Eighth Edition, Volume 2 A computer -- any will do A dependable email account that you check daily An Internet connection with a Java-enabled Web browser, like Firefox
The following components will be weighed as follows to determine the student's final grade in World Literature II:
Response Blogs: 40%
For all of the major works we study in this class, you are required to respond in writing on the class blog. These responses should be at least 350 words. The purpose of these responses is to get you thinking about issues covered in the works that are important to your life and your community. You should reflect on how these works relate to other works we discuss in class, literature you have read previously, and/or your own daily life. All entries should be thoughtful, refer to specific portions of the text on which you're writing, and use the critical vocabulary that we have introduced in class. If you do any research, be sure that you correctly cite both the primary and secondary texts. Also, see reader response criticism for an idea on how to write about literature. Also, read How to Blog and How to Comment before beginning your entries. All entries will undergo moderation; only the best will be promoted to the front page of the class blog, while those that are not done carefully will be voted off the site.
Wiki Entries: 20%
On addition to weekly responses on the blog, students will complete at least three writing assignments on the wiki. Instead of interpretive responses like the blog, the wiki's entries should be more encyclopedic, presenting factual information, like biography, bibliography, definitions, and the like. If you do any research, be sure that you correctly cite both the primary and secondary texts. See the syllabus below for specific wiki assignments and their due dates. Also, see How to Wiki and the Wikipedia Manual of Style. Read the Wikipedia tutorial before
beginning to contribute to LitWiki.
Regular class attendance and active participation in classroom discussion are required. Some assignments will occasionally count for participation: quizzes, peer editing, the viewing of a film, and similar activities. Additional assistance may be obtained from me during my office hours or by appointment. Your participation in group activities and your preparation for class will be weighed heavily in evaluation: participation, effort, and attitude will count significantly. Since reading is such an important component of this course, you should expect a quiz for every assigned reading. These quizzes are designed to test factual aspects of the text, not interpretation or evaluation. Read every text carefully and take reading notes â€” character names, general plot, important items, etc. â€” and the quizzes will be no problem. Quizzes, other class activities, and homework assignments not explicitly outlined on this document will be factored into your final class participation grade.
Final Exam: 20%
A cumulative final exam will be given; it will be a combination objective and written response. The final exam will test your knowledge of the subject matter (texts, lecture material, and vocabulary), your ability to synthesize this material, and your creativity in going beyond the discussion and lecture materials. The exam will include vocabulary, identification, and interpretation. All exam grades will be based upon objective knowledge of the material, thoroughness, depth of insight, precision, and originality.
This schedule represents the ideal outline for our study this semester. Yet, like all best-laid plans, we will probably not be able to keep up with our agenda. Please be flexible and try to look and read ahead whenever possible. We will do our best to stick by this schedule, but we will inform you verbally whenever there is a change in or an addition to an assignment. Getting these updates is solely your responsibility. Therefore, this syllabus is tentative and subject to change contingent upon the needs of the students and the professor, and dictated by time and other constraints which may affect the course. This syllabus reflects only an overview of the assigned reading and other major course assignments. It does not always indicate other specific class session assignments or activities. Week 1 1/9 Class Introduction Reading (for 1/12): Read It! 1/11 Meet in Student Life Building (SLC-252) for computer orientation Reading (for 1/18): MoliÃ¨re Tartuffe, acts 1-3 (12-49) Blog (for 1/18): Introduce yourself on the blog 1/16 No class today for the MLK holiday 1/18 Age of Enlightenment Begin Tartuffe Reading (for 1/23): Molière Tartuffe, all (12-67) Blog (for 1/23): Tartuffe 1/23 Tartuffe Blog (for 1/25): Responses 1/25 Tartuffe Reading (for 1/30): Find and read at least one critical article on Tartuffe Writing (for 1/30): Wiki entry on Tartuffe 1/30 Begin Tartuffe film
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Finish Tartuffe film Reading (for 2/6): Voltaire Candide, Chapters 1-19 (377-412) Writing (for 2/6): Wiki on Candide: begin researching Candide and present your finding on the Wiki Candide Writing (for 2/8): Clean up wiki entries on Tartuffe and Candide Intro to Research Wiki work on Candide Reading (for 2/13): None: review Candide Writing (for 2/13): Finish wiki entries on Candide
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2/13 Finish Candide Group Presentations Writing (for 2/16): Clean up wiki entries on Tartuffe and Candide; final submission on 2/16; if you feel you need extra credit, a blog entry on Candide would be a good way to achieve it. 2/16 No class today Reading (for 2/27): Goethe Faust, "Prologue in Heaven" through "The City Wall" (522-601) Writing (for 2/27): Blog or Wiki on Faust 2/20 Faust Reading (for 2/22): Goethe Faust, complete (522-625) Writing (for 2/22): Blog responses; Wiki additions 2/22 Faust Reading and Writing (for 2/27): Begin the wiki assignment on Faust 2/27 Faust continued Reading and Writing (for 3/1): Continue the wiki assignment on Faust 3/1 Finish Faust Reading (for 3/13): Dostoyevsky Notes from Underground, Part I (1255-1276) Writing (for 3/13): Wiki or Blog on Dostoyevsky: do research and be sure to include at least two critical articles in your blogs and wikis. Spring Break is next week, so you have time; the reading is short so you can concentrate on your writing assignments. 3/13 NfU Writing (for 3/15): Response on NfU 3/15 NfU continued Reading (for 3/20): Dostoyevsky Notes from Underground, Part II (1277-1327) Writing (for 3/20): Wiki and Blog on Dostoyevsky: do research and be sure to include at least two critical articles in your blogs and wikis. Spring Break is next week, so you have time; the reading is short so you can concentrate on your writing assignments. 3/20 NfU continued Writing (for 3/22): Response on NfU, part II 3/22 NfU continued Reading (for 3/27): Symbolist poets (1538-1582) Group 1: Baudelaire Group 2: MallarmÃ© Group 3: Verlaine Group 4: Rimbaud Writing (for 3/27): Choose a poem from your assigned poet and do a close reading of it for a blog entry. Be ready to discuss what you wrote in class next week. You might also want to supplement your blog entry with something on the wiki: perhaps something about your poet's background and historical period. 3/27 Symbolist poets Reading for everyone (3/29): Baudelaire: "To the Reader"; "Her Hair"; "The Windows" MallarmÃ©: "The Afternoon of a Faun"; "The Tomb of Edgar Poe"; "Saint" Verlaine: "Autumn Song"; "Wooden Horses" Rimbaud: "A Season in Hell"; "Drunken Boat" Group Assignment (due 3/29): Team teaching of your poet; choose two to four poems that epitomize the writer's work (see editor's intros for suggestions); be able to explain why they are good examples; be able tell what the literal action is in the poem; know major themes, concerns, images, etc.; be able to provide a close reading of each, to help others; come up with study/discussion questions that help others interpret and understand your poems; be sure to submit your reading list to me by the end of class on Monday, 3/27 3/29 Symbolist poets continued Reading (for 4/3): Modernist Poets Group 1: Cavafy (1714-1722) Group 2: Yeats (1723-1735) Group 3: Rilke (1870-1876) Group 4:
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Akhmatova (2028-2038) Writing (for 4/3): Research your poet for some general background information. Choose a poem from your assigned poet and do a close reading of it for a blog entry. Modernist poets
Modernist poets continued Reading (for 4/3): Kafka The Metamorphosis (1964-1999) Writing (for 4/3): Kafka and The Metamorphosis study guide on the wiki. Specific assignment will follow in class. 4/10 Kafka Writing: Continue to work on your wikis 4/12 Kafka continued Reading (for 4/17): Kafka articles TBA Writing (for 4/17): Continue to work on your wikis. Blog entry on Kafka: summarize a critic's position in a critical article in your first paragraph. Then, in subsequent paragraphs, respond to the critics with your own perspective on Kafka. 4/17 Kafka Writing: Continue to work on your wikis 4/19 Kafka continued 4/24 Finish Kafka 4/26 No class: you should come to my office to pick up your final exam All writing due @ 12:30pm Assign final exam 5/1 No class. I'll be in my office, if you need to talk with me. 5/3 Final Exam Due @ 1:00pm â€”Â Please submit sooner, if possible.
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Dr. Gerald Lucas • Latest Revision: 12/18/07 • http://tinyurl.com/2mljw3 The following policies are applicable for all the courses I teach. Any additional policies or changes will be outlined under the specific course. As a Macon State College student and as a student in any of my classes, it is your responsibility to read, understand, and abide by the MSC Student Code of Conduct. The Student Code of Conduct is included in the MSC Student Handbook (PDF). Assignments: Your work represents you. Therefore, I expect everything you turn into me to exemplify the very best of your professional self. Unless otherwise stated, every out-of-class assignment must be word-processed and submitted via Turn It In. I will not accept any hand-written assignment or one on dead trees, period. Unless otherwise stated, all writing assignments should be formatted according to MLA. Turn It In, a plagiarism prevention service, is used in evaluation of written work submitted for this course. As directed by the professor, students are expected to submit or have their assignments submitted through the service in order to meet requirements for this course. The papers may be retained by the service for the sole purpose of checking for plagiarized content in future student submissions. Attendance: Attendance will be taken at every class meeting, either orally or with an attendance sheet. If you come in late, it is your responsibility to ask me for the attendance sheet so that you may sign in. If you fail to do so, you are absent. Two tardies count as one absence. Merely being in the classroom does not count as attending; you must be prepared and ready to participate. The college's official attendance policy states that students should not be penalized for missing two (2) class periods (a total of three hours), but a student's grade will be negatively affected if absences exceed two (2) classes (3 hours) in one semester. There are no "excused absences" in my class, but you are allowed to miss two classes (3 hours) -- no questions asked, nor explanations needed -- before your grade suffers. I am aware that extenuating circumstances will sometimes catch us off guard. If something happens, communication is the key between a passing grade and a failure. Talk with me if something happens. Each additional class missed beyond the allotted two will result in your final semester's grade being dropped one letter. That is, if you have a 78 "C" for your final grade, but you have missed three classes, you will have earned a 68 "D" in the class by having missed too many. If you have more than two absences (a week's worth of classes), it will be impossible for you to get an "A" in the course. Remember: the only thing that counts here is the physical presence of a body in class; excuses will not help this measurable fact at all. It is your responsibility to discover what was missed in class and any assignments. Quizzes and in-class activities cannot be made up for any reason. Children: Since class lecture and discussion will often touch on the controversial, this college classroom is not an appropriate place for children. Please make arrangements to have your children looked after while you attend class. Class Time: Because discussion and active participation are integral to the learning process, I rarely lecture. Therefore, time in class will be spent on discussion of readings, student writing, and exercises with the occasional short lecture. Quizzes, practice essays, discussions, and lectures are designed to benefit the entire group while
personal problems and concerns should be handled during office hours. Deadlines: Late work is not acceptable and will receive a zero. Technical, computer malfunctions are not acceptable excuses for late work. Plan ahead and turn in your work on time; if you do your work in a timely fashion, computer problems will not be a problem. Electronic Communication Devices: Please leave all distracting electronic devices, cell phones and beepers, in your car, or silence them during class. I understand our contemporary need to be in contact with everyone all the time, but do not let this personal need distract the rest of the class. If you answer a cell phone in my class, I will expect you to read. In addition, I do not allow class discussions to be taped, so do not bring any voice recording devices to class, though I do encourage your bringing an ink interface and dead trees on which to take notes. Email: Email is a mandatory requirement of all my classes; please check it at least once a day. The best and quickest way of contacting me is via email. When emailing professors, always include your name, the class that you are in, and why you are emailing. Please use a descriptive subject line. Sending complete and detailed information will not only make my life easier, but shows consideration for your recipient. When referring to something on a web site, please include the URL. Only use the email address that I provided on your syllabus; if you use an incorrect email address for me, I will not respond. I will not respond to emails that do not contain all the appropriate information. Also, do not ask me if I received your email; if I received it, I will respond if it contains a question and the necessary information. Grades: Letter grades are based upon a traditional ten-point scale. See individual course descriptions for specific weighted requirements. I do not transmit grades electronically at any time. I have no problem apprising you of your current standing in this class, but I will not do so over any electronic medium, including email or the phone. If you would like to know your official grade, you should see me during my office hours, make an appointment, or check them for yourself. Incompletes: This course will strictly abide by University and departmental policies regarding incompletes. An incomplete can only be given if a small portion of the course work is missing and if you're doing otherwise satisfactory work. "I" grades are not assigned automatically, but only upon consultation with me. You have one semester to remove an "I" grade; otherwise it automatically becomes an "F." Materials: Course readings are an integral part of the class and should be brought daily. When readings are assigned to be discussed in class, please bring a copy of the reading with your reading notes ready to participate in the discussion. Do not come to class without your books and something to write with and on. Everyday. Notes: Students must keep thorough notes, both from classroom lecture and individual reading. Even if you are absent, you are held responsible for obtaining missed notes. Notes should not only reflect good listening skills, but individual interest in every topic discussed in class. You are encouraged to individually research topics discussed in class. Although notes will not receive a grade, they should be diligently kept in all classes. You should always endeavor to improve note-taking skills. Plagiarism: The Oxford English Dictionary defines plagiarism as "the wrongful appropriation or purloining,
and publication as one's own, of the ideas, or the expression of the ideas (literary, artistic, musical, mechanical, etc.) of another," or "a purloined idea, design, passage, or work." Any time you use ideas that are not your own in anything that you write, you must supply a citation in an identifiable citation method, e.g., MLA, Chicago, etc. Willful plagiarism will result in automatic failure of this class and will be pursued to incite the utmost penalty for such dishonesty. Academic falsehood, in any form, will constitute class failure. Remember two things: 1. If you use the language of your source, you must quote it exactly, enclose it in quotation marks, and cite the source, using MLA citation style in all my courses. A paraphrase employs source material by restating an idea in an entirely new form that is original in both sentence structure and word choice. Taking the basic structure from a source and substituting a few words is an unacceptable paraphrase and may be construed as plagiarism. Creating a new sentence by merging the wording of two or more sources is also plagiarism. 2. If you use ideas or information that are not common knowledge, you must cite a source. (from MIT's Open Courseware) Unsure as to what to cite, when to cite, and how to cite? Check your handbook for the best information. You might also try this tutorial online. Turn It In, a plagiarism prevention service, is used in evaluation of written work submitted for this course. As directed by the professor, students are expected to submit or have their assignments submitted through the service in order to meet requirements for this course. The papers may be retained by the service for the sole purpose of checking for plagiarized content in future student submissions. Rewrites: Rewrites are an integral part of the writing process, so students will often be given the opportunity to revise and rewrite assignments. The professor must assign and approve all rewrites. All rewrites must follow the format conventions outlined under assignments above. Whenever you turn in a rewrite, always include a copy of the previously graded assignment with my comments. Please note: no rewrites will be accepted unless they have been (1) assigned by me, the professor, or (2) approved beforehand by me. There will be no exceptions to this rule. Special Needs: Any student who has special needs because of a disability should contact Ann E. Loyd at the Counseling and Career Center (478-471-2714 / S-230) and fill out the appropriate paperwork. The student should then see me with the documentation so that the necessary accommodations can be made. Technology Competency: Computer competency is an integral skill in any discipline, and this course uses digital technology in an effort to promote technological literacy in the humanities classroom and beyond. From the MSC Academic Catalog: "Students who wish to receive a degree must demonstrate that they are competent in the use of technology." This class will make certain assumptions about students' technological abilities in the following ways: Students should be familiar with the general uses of a computer (especially if they are taking an online course) -- i.e., how to navigate in an operating system: launching programs, quitting programs, creating directories and files, etc; Students should also be familiar with the uses of the Internet, specifically a Web browser. All course material will be delivered hypertextually, making this requirement paramount; Students should be willing to put forth the effort to learn what they need to in order to succeed in the course. Please see me for additional assistance when necessary. And, if you do not understand something, ask.
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