| World Literature
Dr. Margaret Smith Elliott basement
(765) 285-7419 msmith4@ bsu.edu
Office hours: Monday 3-6 Tuesday 10-1 Wednesday 3-6 Friday 3-4
and by appointment
Texts: Lawall, ed. The Norton Anthology of World Literature, 2nd ed., vols. A, B, C
Mack, ed. The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces, expanded ed., vol. II
Schedule of Readings: Beginning January 11, reading and writing assignments are due on the date posted next to them. Further details for assignments will be posted on Blackboard. Assignments may be added, subtracted, or changed for a variety of good reasons.
1/9 Poems: Rainer Maria Rilke, “Archaic Torso of Apollo”; Gabriela Mistral, “The Other Woman”; William Butler Yeats, “The Second Coming”; Cesar Vallejo, “The Black Riders”
1/11 Read Gabriel Garcia Marquez, “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings.” (handout) and Birago Diop, “The Humps” (handout); writing hw posted on Bb.
1/8 Garcia Marquez and Diop, cont. HW: Read Gilgamesh in Norton A, 12-20. Begin study questions.
1/16 Martin Luther King Day. No class.
1/18 HW: Finish Gilgamesh. Turn in answers to study questions.
1/20 HW: Turn in Gilgamesh discussion question responses. HW details on Bb.
1/23 Quiz on Gilgamesh. Continue class discussion.
1/25 Reminders about writing an essay, avoiding plagiarism.
1/27 Gilgamesh translations discussed.
1/30 Chinese poetry of the T’ang dynasty introduced. Norton B (1370-1398).
2/1 T’ang dynasty poetry, continued.
2/3 Essay 1 due. Meet in Elliott commons. Lit circles introduced.
2/8 Sa’di, Golestan. Norton B, 1549-1565
2/10 HW: Sa’di visual project due. Read in class Rumi, Norton B 1541-49
2/13 Greek tragedy introduced. Essay 2 introduced. Bring Norton A.
2/15 HW: Read editor’s introduction in Norton A, 612-15, and Sophocles, Oedipus The King, 617-658
2/17 HW: Read P. H. Vellacott, “The Guilt of Oedipus” (Bb).
2/20 HW: Read E. R. Dodds, “On Misunderstanding the Oedipus Rex” (Bb) and
do Vellacott/Dodds writing (assignment on Bb).
2/22 HW: Read Muir (handout), Freud (handout), and excerpt from Aristotle’s Poetics, in Norton A 799-803.
2/24 Sophocles, cont.
2/27 Quiz on tragedy, Sophocles
3/1 HW: Essay 2 due. Shakespeare’s Hamlet introduced. Bring Norton C.
3/3 HW: Read William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Norton C, Act 1.
March 3-12: Spring break
3/15 HW: Hamlet, Act 2, plus editor’s introduction on 2821-25. Writing hw on Bb.
3/17 HW: Hamlet, Act 3. Writing hw on Bb.
3/20 HW: Hamlet, Act 4 + writing (Bb).
3/22 HW: Hamlet, Act 5 + actor’s essay (Bb)
3/24 Graded conversation on Hamlet.
3/27 lit circle 1
3/29 research essay introduced; finding sources
3/31 lit circle 2
4/3 lit circle 3
4/5 prepare presentations
4/7 HW: lit circle presentations
4/10 in-class citation practice
4/12 HW: citation practice
4/19 bibliography practice
4/21 HW: know your research topic
4/26 HW: progress report due. In class: Sappho introduced. Bring Norton A.
4/28 Sappho, continued.
5/1 HW: notes due
5/3 HW: outline due
Monday, May 8: Research essay due.
CLASS GOALS AND POLICIES
Supplies: Bring to class every day the assigned reading, a notebook or section of a notebook in which you take and keep notes for this class only, a folder exclusively for this class in which you keep all handouts, and, of course, something to write with. Bring your laptop, as well. Keep digital copies of all required work through the end of the semester on some storage device separate from your laptop. Keep all graded work through the end of the semester.
Overview and objectives: We will read works in a variety of genres from different parts of the globe, composed in periods ranging from about the fourteenth century BCE to the present. The course is designed to introduce you to or further your acquaintance with a small sample of the beautiful and enduring works of literature that have delighted many of your fellow human beings, and to develop your ability to (a) appreciate, analyze, and interpret literature, (b) speak and write clearly and thoughtfully, (c) work both independently and collaboratively, (d) explore and present ideas in a variety of media, and (e) write a literary research paper. I will emphasize reading attentively, discussing freely, thinking rigorously and creatively, and writing with clarity and precision.
Thoughtful, respectful disagreement is always welcome in class discussions.
Workload: You will have a reading assignment for nearly every class. Read carefully, and come to class prepared for substantial discussion. In addition, you will complete various exercises, write at least 2 papers (about 3- 6 pp.) of literary analysis and a longer paper incorporating research (5-8 pp.), give oral presentations, and perhaps take quizzes.
Grading: Your work will be graded using a point system. I will tell you the point value for each assignment. Typically, exercises and quizzes can earn up to 20 points and formal essays 200 points or more.
As I grade your formal work, I judge its quality using the following scale:
A+ = 97-100% (You knocked my socks off!); A= 95 (exceptional); A-=92; A--=90; B+=88; B=85 (good); B-=82; B--=80; C+=78; C=75 (satisfactory); C-=72; C--=70; D*= unsatisfactory.
The points I assign represent the percentage you earned of the total possible points.
When I grade 20-point exercises, I don’t usually evaluate the quality quite as rigorously as when I grade formal essays. The grade usually reflects some evaluation, though, as well as whether you followed directions.
PowerSchool will translate the points into percentages and grades, using the following scale:
PowerSchool scale: 93-100=A 90-92= A- 87-89= B+ 83-86= B 80-82=B-
77-79=C+ 73-76=C 70-72= C- 69 and below= D*
Laptop use: Bring your laptop every day. Sometimes you will be instructed or allowed to use your laptop in class. If you use your laptop in class at any other time, or for any purpose that I deem unrelated to our work, you will be reported to Dr. Jeff Smith, you may lose the privilege of using your laptop in class, and/or I may take away your laptop so that you’ll have to retrieve it from Dr. Williams’ office.
I will post the syllabus, assignments, and other material on Blackboard.
Post each of the formal essays on Blackboard and hand them in on paper. I may require that you post other assignments on Blackboard, as well.
I may refuse to read your work until you have turned it in both digitally and on paper.
Attendance: Come to class, get here on time, and have your book and note-taking materials ready when class begins. Absences and tardiness will be reported to the Office of Academic Affairs. You may be reported as absent or tardy for any of the following reasons: you sleep during class; you violate dress code and are sent back to Wagoner to change; I find you using your laptop during class for purposes I consider unrelated to our work.
Finding out about missed work: It is your responsibility to find out about any work, assignments, announcements, syllabus changes, etc., that you miss. Get information and class notes from a reliable classmate, check Blackboard, and then, if you’d like further information, contact me. Your absence on the day an assignment is given is not a legitimate excuse for a late or missing assignment. If your absence or tardy is not excused you will usually not be allowed to make up work missed for credit. You must, however, find out what you missed and keep up.
Turned in late on assigned day: minus 2 points
Turned in after the assigned day: minus 5 points per school day.
Written short exercises
Have an unplanned excused absence on the due date? Turn in the exercise by your second class day back. Example: if your return from absence on Wednesday, the exercise is due by Friday. Think you have a good reason for an extension? Discuss it with me.
Don’t have an excused absence on the due date? Accept a zero for that exercise. You are allowed one missed 20-point exercise without penalty.
Unless I tell you otherwise, all exercises are due in class and will not be accepted later on the day they are due.
Oral presentation: Due the next class day and marked down 5 points.
Planned absence: If you know that you will be absent on a day when an assignment is due, see me to arrange an alternative due date. Assume that the work will be due before your absence.
Turning in work to my Wagoner mailbox: Always ask an Academy adult (teacher, SLC, secretary, staff member, administrator) to sign the paper and write the date and time on it.
Printer problem? Email the work to me as a Word attachment by the beginning of class on the due date and turn in the paper copy by the day of our next class. Work turned in on paper after that may lose 1 point per school day. I will not read and grade your assignment until I have it on paper. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Academic honesty: It is extremely important that you hand in your own work and use MLA rules to give credit for any borrowed ideas, words, or information. See me and/or A Writer’s Reference (82-92 and 324 ff.) and or Purdue’s online writing center (search on “Purdue owl”) to review MLA conventions for crediting your sources. In cases of plagiarism or other instances of academic dishonesty, Academy policy applies. (See Handbook.)
Help: If you ever have any questions about anything to do with this class, if you’re having trouble with the work, if you would like to talk about any part of the course, please get in touch with me. I also encourage you to bring in a draft to go over with me before a paper is due. Come by or call during my office hours, catch me before or after class to make an appointment, or email me. I’m here to help!
Note: Important literature is often about the deepest and most difficult struggles of humans to live authentically in a complex world. Through the thoughts and experiences of literary characters, we readers can examine and evaluate our personal responses to life’s mysteries, complexities, disappointments, and joys. In addition, we begin to understand how a writer, in his or her own struggle to express experience creatively, has responded to the social, political, and artistic environment of his/her times. The English Department at the Academy selects reading material that reflects these human struggles, has endured the test of time, and has earned a respected place in the universe of letters. In addition, the instructors include recently published poems, stories, and articles that reflect the diversity of contemporary cultures and experiences. If, because of the powerful nature of the reading experience, you are unable to read and study a specific text with reasonable analytic objectivity, please confer with your instructor. Alternative texts are available.
Keeping students safe: Please know that if you write or say anything that suggests that you may be in danger, I will report that to another Academy adult, probably Brandy Reichle.