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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.”

80593 ENGL 2112.45 W5:30-8p WRC2-112 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.
World Literature 2 examines national literatures
You are required to have an account on LitMUSE,
other than those of Britain and America from the “The Wanderer above a Sea of Fog” by the server that will support all of your work in this
Renaissance to the present. Particular emphasis is Caspar David Friedrich (1818) class. As a part of this requirement, you should have
placed on western literature, especially continental,
access to a computer with Internet capability and a
Russian, and Latin American fiction of the 19th and
current web browser, like Safari or 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 Literature Every class will follow a similar procedure, beginning
2, each of which must be successfully completed to pass promptly at the start of class:
Electronics the course. Assignments are weighed on a point system,
depending on their importance. For example, a reading 1. Attendance — If you come in late, it is your
Materials, like cell phones, food, magazines, iPods, responsibility to ask me to mark you present.
quiz might have 10 points while the final exam might
etc., should be left in your car. They are not needed Remember, two tardies count as an absence.
have 200.
for our class and should, therefore, not accompany
you. I understand our contemporary need to be in Final Exam 2. Reading Quiz — Since reading is such an
contact with everyone all the time, but do not let important component of this course, you should
this personal need distract the rest of the class. If A final cumulative exam will be given that will test expect a quiz for every assigned reading. These
you answer a cell phone in my class, I will expect your knowledge of the subject matter (texts, lecture quizzes are designed to test factual aspects of the
you to leave. In addition, I do not allow class material, and vocabulary), your ability to synthesize text, not interpretation or evaluation. Read every
discussions to be taped, so do not bring any voice this material, and your creativity in going beyond text carefully and take reading notes — character
recording devices to class. You may use laptops the discussion and lecture materials. The final exam names, general plot, important items, etc. — and
unless I ask you not to bring them. will include vocabulary, identification, and the quizzes will be no problem.
interpretation. All exam grades will be based upon
Rated PG-13 objective knowledge of the material, thoroughness, 3. Posing Questions — As you read each assigned
depth of insight, precision, and originality. text, consider aspects of the text that are
Finally, since class lecture and discussion will often confusing or unclear. When you finish reading,
touch on the controversial, this college classroom is Forum write down at least five questions that you have
not an appropriate place for children. Please leave about the text. These questions should be in an
them at home. For all of the major works we study in this class, effort to gain further insight to the text for
you are required to respond in writing. These yourself and your classmates. After the quiz, you
responses will be written in an online forum on will have the opportunity to pose these questions
LitMUSE, so the entire class can benefit from for discussion.
reading your thoughts. The forum will also give you
a chance to respond to others’ ideas. Your writing in 4. Group Discussion — In small groups, you will
the forum should total at least 350 words per week. discuss each others’ questions and come up with
five of the best to share with the class for further
The purpose of these responses is to get you consideration.
thinking about issues covered in the works that are
important to you. You should reflect on how these 5. Discussion — The rest of the class periods for the
works relate to other works we discuss in class, week will be our attempt to answer the questions
literature you have read previously, and/or your posed at the beginning of the class and maybe
own daily life. All entries should be thoughtful, come up with more. The idea is to get a grasp of
refer to specific portions of the text on which you're the themes and concerns of the text.
writing, and use the critical vocabulary that we have
introduced in class. 6. Forum — If all goes well, we should close the
class each day in a computer-assisted classroom,
Daily Work so that we may end each day with the forum, in
which you will respond to an initial prompt, then
Regular class attendance, question posing, and comment on others’ posts.
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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further potential consequences. Remember two

Policies things:

1. If you use the language of your source, you must

quote it exactly, enclose it in quotation marks,
You will be accountable for knowing and practicing each and cite the source using MLA citation style in all
of these policies. Consider them like the law: the excuse “I my courses. A paraphrase employs source
didn’t know” will carry no weight. material by restating an idea in an entirely new
form that is original in both sentence structure
Assignments and word choice. Quotations and paraphrases
must be cited to avoid plagiarism.
Your work represents you. Therefore, I expect
everything you turn into me to exemplify the very 2. If you use ideas or information that are not
best of your professional self. Please proofread all common knowledge, you must cite a source.
writing before submission.
Unsure as to what to cite, when to cite, and how to
Attendance cite? Check your handbook for the best information.

Attendance will be taken at every class meeting. If The professor reserves the right to use Turn It In, a
you come in late, it is your responsibility to inform plagiarism prevention service, to evaluate any
me of your presence that day. If you fail to do so, written work submitted for this course. As directed
you are absent. Two tardies count as one absence. by the professor, students are expected to submit or
There are no “excused absences” in my class, but have their assignments submitted through the
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.


The best and quickest way of contacting me is via

email. Only use the email address that I provided on
this document for class business:
<>. Detail of “The Disappearing Bust of
Voltaire” by Salvador Dalí (1941)

Letter grades are based upon a traditional ten-point

scale. If you would like to know your official grade, service in order to meet requirements for this
you should see me during my office hours or make course. The papers may be retained by the service
an appointment. for the sole purpose of checking for plagiarized
content in future student submissions.
Special Needs
Course readings are an integral part of the class and
should be brought daily. When readings are Any student who has special needs should contact
assigned to be discussed in class, please bring a Ann E. Loyd at the Counseling and Career Center
copy of the reading with your reading notes ready (478-471-2714) and fill out the appropriate
to participate in the discussion. Do not come to class paperwork. The student should then see me with
without your books and something to write with the documentation so that the necessary
and on. Everyday. Seriously. accommodations can be made.

Plagiarism Technology Competency

Any time you use ideas that are not your own — be Computer competency is an integral skill in any
they paraphrased or copied verbatim — in anything discipline. Students should be familiar with the
that you write, you must supply a citation in an general uses of a computer, particularly using a web
identifiable citation method, e.g., MLA, Chicago, etc. browser. Students should be willing to put forth the
Willful plagiarism will result in automatic failure of effort to learn what they need to in order to succeed
this class and will be submitted to the Dean for in the course. Please see me for additional assistance
when necessary.

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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 (8/18) Week 8 (10/6) Week 13 (11/10) Week 16 (12/1)
Course Introduction Goethe Faust continued Kafka The Metamorphosis Kundera “The Hitchhiking
LitMUSE Account Creation Game”
Week 9 (10/13) Week 14 (11/17) TBA
Week 2 (8/25) Pushkin “Queen of Spades” Borges “The Garden of the
Molière Tartuffe Dostoyevsky “The Grand Forking Paths” & “The Exam Week (12/8)
Inquisitor” Aleph” W 12/10 6-8:50pm
Week 3 (9/1) Burowski “Ladies and
Molière Tartuffe continued Week 10 (10/20) Gentlemen, to the Gas
Gogol “The Overcoat” Chamber”
Week 4 (9/8) Turgenev “First Love” Cortázar “A Letter to a Young
Pope Essay on Man Chekhov “The Lady with the Lady in Paris”
Voltaire Candide Pet Dog” Calvino “The Distance of the
Week 5 (9/15) Week 11 (10/27)
Voltaire Candide continued Selections from the Symbolist Week 15 (11/24)
poets: Baudelaire, Mishima “Partriotism”
Week 6 (9/22) Mallarmé, Verlaine, and Rulfo “Talpa”
Rousseau from Confessions Rimbaud Fuentes “The Doll Queen”

Week 7 (9/29) Week 12 (11/3)

Goethe Faust Mann Death in Venice

Gerald R. Lucas, Ph.D. LitMUSE

Assistant 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
Macon Campus: MW 11a-12p; T 4-5:15p
those you will subsequently attempt.
WRC: W 4-5:15p

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 August 9, 2008, 3:30p. For the much more quickly than I will return a call.

most accurate and up-to-date information, 100 College Station Drive

Macon, GA 31206
please consult the LitMUSE web site.

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