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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.”

81303 ENGL 2112.03 Tues 8:15-10:45a H/SS-222 Dr. Gerald R. Lucas

Online Considerations Requirements Policies Schedule Procedure Contact
An online course has What is expected that These are the rules of Each class meeting will Where and how to
particular difficulties you complete in order to the class that all follow a certain contact me, your
that you should pass the course. All of students are expected to procedure. From quiz to professor for the course,
consider before these requirements follow, from attendance questions, from lecture Dr. Lucas.
undertaking it. must be completed to technological to discussion, the Page 4
Consider your successfully for a literacy. These policies procedure will be
enrollment carefully. student to pass the are always the final followed daily.
Page 3 course. word. The reading, Page 2
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schedule.
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Materials
Modern Text

Literature
Lawall, Sarah, et al. The Norton Anthology of Western
Literature, Volume 2. New York: W.W. Norton, 2005.

Computer
This section of World Literature, ENGL 2112, explores Since this is an online course, you must have access
the genesis and maturity of modern thought and literary to a newer computer with a reliable Internet access.
expression from the latter-seventeenth century until the As a part of this requirement, your computer should
present have a current web browser, like Safari or Firefox,
and Adobe Acrobat installed.
World Literature 2 examines national literatures
other than those of Britain and America from the “The Wanderer above a Sea of Fog” by There are computers available for open-use on
Renaissance to the present. Particular emphasis is Caspar David Friedrich (1818) campus, but you should not rely on these. The work
placed on western literature, especially continental, for this course is too much for you to accomplish in
Russian, and Latin American fiction of the 19th and the ARC.
20th centuries.
Since we have only a limited time in this survey, we LitMUSE
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 are required to have an account on LitMUSE,
historical and cultural contexts (particularly the Voltaire, Pushkin, Dostoyevsky, Baudelaire, the server that will support all of your work in this
scientific and intellectual movements of Rimbaud, Ibsen, Mann, Borges, Kundera, and class. You should login to the server at least once a
Enlightenment, Romanticism, and Modernism) as Calvino, among others. day to receive any announcements or changes that
well as consider how those texts still inform our are made to the class.
views of ourselves today.

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on how these works relate to other works we
Requirements discuss in class, literature you have read previously, Course Procedure
and/or your own daily life. All entries should be
There are three major requirements for World Literature Every week will follow a similar procedure for your work
thoughtful, refer to specific portions of the text on
2, each of which must be successfully completed to pass and reading. Be sure you keep up with the syllabus and
which you're writing, and use the critical
the course. Assignments are weighed on a point system, turn your work in regularly and on-time. All of your
vocabulary that we have introduced in class.
depending on their importance. For example, a reading coursework will be done on the LitMUSE Moodle server.
quiz might have 10 points while the final exam might Daily Work
have 200. Primary Reading
Regular class attendance, question posing, and
Final Exam Each week you will have assigned reading that you
active participation in classroom discussions are
should complete before doing anything else. As you
required. Participation, effort, and attitude will
A final cumulative exam will be given that will test read, take thorough reading notes; be sure you are
count significantly in this course. Quizzes, other
your knowledge of the subject matter (texts, lecture familiar with the plot, characters, and major
class activities, and homework assignments not
material, and vocabulary), your ability to synthesize concerns of the text.
explicitly outlined above will be considered daily
this material, and your creativity in going beyond
work. Reading Quiz
the discussion and lecture materials. The final exam
will include vocabulary, identification, and
After finishing your reading, you should take a brief
interpretation. All exam
reading quiz. These quizzes will test you on the
grades will be based
facts of the text, like characters, plot details, and
upon objective
other obvious aspects of the narrative. These are just
knowledge of the
to test your literal knowledge of the text(s). There
material, thoroughness,
will not always be a quiz assigned.
depth of insight,
precision, and Secondary Reading
originality.
Since you do not have the benefit of class lecture, I
Forum will assign additional reading for you to do each
week that concerns the primary text. This criticism
For all of the major
will give you background information and assist
works we study in this
you in getting your head around the various
class, you are required
interpretations of the text.
to respond in writing.
These responses will be Forum Discussion
written in an online
forum on LitMUSE, so Finally, you should put what you learned together
the entire class can into a forum discussion with your classmates. Your
benefit from reading total word count for the forum should add up to a
your thoughts. The minimum of 350 words, including threads started
forum will also give you and responded to.
a chance to respond to
Each forum discussion will be worth 10 or 20 points.
others’ ideas. Your
Each post (whether beginning a thread or
writing in the forum
responding to one) is only worth a maximum of 5
should total at least 350
points. Therefore, you should make at least two
words per week.
strong posts or comments (or more) to assure that
The purpose of these you earn the maximum credit.
responses is to get you
Finally, as a bonus, consider making an account on
thinking about issues
eNotes and posting a question to be answered in
covered in the works
their public forums.
that are important to
you. You should reflect See “Forum” under Requirements.

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Here are some additional aspects that you should

Policies consider:

Time: You may believe that because this course is
offered online, that it will not require as much time
You will be accountable for knowing and practicing each as a traditional classroom course. Well, you should
of these policies. Consider them like the law: the excuse “I plan on spending at least twice the amount of time
didn’t know” will carry no weight. working on your own to make up for what you
would not receive from class discussions and
Assignments lecture. This includes doing extra secondary
research, something you may not be used to doing.
Your work represents you. Therefore, I expect
everything you turn into me to exemplify the very Motivation: Since you will be required to budget
best of your professional self. Please proofread all your time, you must also be self-motivated. You will
writing before submission. not have the benefit of having a professor's presence
Detail of “The Disappearing Bust of compelling you to do your work each week; you
Deadlines Voltaire” by Salvador Dalí (1941) will have to take on the responsibility. The reality of
this is more difficult than it may seem.
Late work is not acceptable and will receive a zero.
Procrastination will put you behind and make it
Technical, computer malfunctions are not acceptable
service in order to meet requirements for this very difficult for you to recover.
excuses for late work. Quizzes and in-class activities
cannot be made up for any reason. course. The papers may be retained by the service
Course Work: If you have not successfully
for the sole purpose of checking for plagiarized
completed an online course before, I recommend
Email content in future student submissions.
that you do not begin with this one. If you have not
The best and quickest way of contacting me is via Special Needs successfully completed a college-level literature
email. Only use the email address that I provided on course before (like making at least a B in ENGL
this document for class business: Any student who has special needs should contact 1102), you should not begin with this one. Literature
<worldlit@grlucas.net>. Ann E. Loyd at the Counseling and Career Center courses benefit from in-class discussion; many find
(478-471-2714) and fill out the appropriate the literature challenging, so without the benefit of a
Grades paperwork. The student should then see me with professor's in-class guidance, many find the
the documentation so that the necessary challenge too difficult.
Letter grades are based upon a traditional ten-point accommodations can be made.
scale. If you would like to know your official grade, The bottom line is that online literature courses are
you should see me during my office hours or make Technology Competency challenging, which unfortunately produces high
an appointment. attrition rate because many students are just not
Computer competency is an integral skill in any ready for them. I do not want to discourage anyone
Plagiarism discipline. Students should be familiar with the from taking it, and I'm willing to discuss this further
general uses of a computer, particularly using a web with anyone during my office hours or by
Any time you use ideas that are not your own — be browser. Students should be willing to put forth the appointment. However, I ask that you consider this
they paraphrased or copied verbatim — in anything effort to learn what they need to in order to succeed carefully; do not sign up for the class with the
that you write, you must supply a citation in an in the course. Please see me for additional assistance expectation that it will be easy. If anything, it is
identifiable citation method, e.g., MLA, Chicago, etc. when necessary. more difficult than taking the course in-class.
Willful plagiarism will result in automatic failure of
this class and will be submitted to the Dean for
further potential consequences. Remember two Online Considerations
things:
So, you're thinking about taking an online literature
1. If you use the language of your source, you must or composition course? Please read the following
quote it exactly, enclose it in quotation marks, carefully before committing to a very challenging
and cite the source using MLA citation style in all course.
my courses. A paraphrase employs source
When registration begins each semester, online
material by restating an idea in an entirely new
courses are the first to fill up for some reason.
form that is original in both sentence structure
Subsequently, I get numerous phone calls and
and word choice. Quotations and paraphrases
emails asking me about this course. Let me begin by
must be cited to avoid plagiarism.
saying that I cannot add you to the course if it is
2. If you use ideas or information that are not closed. Period. I get several requests a week, and I
common knowledge, you must cite a source. cannot accommodate them all, so I cannot
accommodate any. Sorry about that. Also know that
Unsure as to what to cite, when to cite, and how to if you sign up for the course, the first meeting is
cite? Check your handbook for the best information. mandatory; if you miss it for any reason, your final
grade will suffer by one letter and you will find it
The professor reserves the right to use Turn It In, a very difficult to get started in the course on your
plagiarism prevention service, to evaluate any own. After this first meeting, we will not meet in a
written work submitted for this course. As directed classroom again. All evaluation, discussion, and
by the professor, students are expected to submit or lecture will take place online.
have their assignments submitted through the

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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) NOTE
Course Introduction Goethe Faust continued Kafka The Metamorphosis Kundera “The Hitchhiking Some of these texts are not in
LitMUSE Account Creation Game” your Norton anthology. Those
Week 9 (10/13) Week 14 (11/17) TBA that are not may be
Week 2 (8/25) Pushkin “Queen of Spades” Borges “The Garden of the downloaded as PDFs off of
Molière Tartuffe Dostoyevsky “The Grand Forking Paths” & “The Exam Week (12/8) the LitMUSE web site. If the
Inquisitor” Aleph” W 12/10 6-8:50pm story is not in your book,
Week 3 (9/1) Burowski “Ladies and check the web site.
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
Moon
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 http://litmuse.net/

Email: worldlit@grlucas.net 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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