SYLLABUS FOR CPLT 324-WEDNESDAY, CSU FULLERTON FALL 2005
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Course Information. Comparative Literature 324, Course Code 11625. Wednesday 7:00-9:45, Location El Toro (i.e. Irvine) Branch, Room 202. Office hrs: 6:00-7:00 259, x1791. Cplt324_at_ajdrake.com. Catalog: "Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and completion of any literature course from General Education Category III.B.2. Asian and Western literature from the beginning to 1650.Units: (3)." I will use +/- grading.
Required Texts (At Little Professor Bookstore)
Lawall, Sarah, ed. The Norton Anthology of World Literature. 2nd edition. Volume 1ABC. New York: WW Norton, 2002. ISBN A = 0393977552, B = 0393977560, C = 0393977579.
Turning in Journals/Papers: Email assignments as Word/WP attachments. Email them separately -- i.e. send one email with your term paper attached, and four separate emails for the four journal sets. Label subject lines appropriately: "CPLT324-W Smith Journal Set 1," etc. Copy-and-paste is okay for journal sets.
Course Policies. Please review early in the semester.
Presentations Requirement. Undergraduates will sign up for three 3-5-minute informal presentations (graduates 7-10 minute). On the first day, students will choose authors; I will add specific questions and post a schedule at Requirements / Presentations. Each session will feature several presentations, my comments, and class-wide discussion. Before presenting, contact me to discuss your ideas. After presenting, post a version to your blog: see Communicate! / Blog, Create. (Name the blog CPLT324-W Last Name, First, as in "CPLT324-W Garcia, Anna.") 25%. See Creating and Using a Blog.
Journals Requirement. Responses to a choice of questions on each author. Due in class Weeks 4, 8, 12, exam day. Electronic format strongly suggested. 25%.
Term Paper Requirement. Rough draft suggested, final draft (5-7 pages u-grad, 10-15 grad) due by exam day. Follow MLA guidelines. Graduate papers should respond to primary texts and secondary criticism; for undergraduates research is optional. Suggested: see "Guides" in the "Resources" menu section. 25%.
Final Exam Requirement. The exam will consist of substantive id passages, short questions requiring 1- or 2-paragraph responses, and one comparative essay. There will be more choices than required responses. Books and notes allowed for all sections. Exam date TBD. 25%.
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Questions: Gilgamesh | Homer | Sophocles | Classic | Confucius | Chou | New Testament | Augustine | Mahabharata | Bhagavad | 1001 Nights | Dante | Shonagon | Kenko | Motokiyo & Nobumitsu | Petrarch | Erasmus | Machiavelli | Rabelais | Montaigne | Vega | Codex | Cantares | Popol Vuh | Shakespeare
SCHEDULE: WE WILL DISCUSS THE FOLLOWING WORKS ON THE DATES INDICATED
08/24. Introduction to class.
08/31. Epic of Gilgamesh (10-41).
09/07. Homer. The Odyssey, Books 1-4, 9-12 (pages 225-78; 319-76).
09/14. Sophocles. Antigone (658-93). Journal Set 1 Due.
09/21. Classic of Poetry, Confucius, Chuang Chou. Confucius' The Analects (820-31) . The Classic of Poetry (812-20). Chuang Chou (832-58).
09/28. The New Testament, Saint Augustine. New Testament selections from Luke and Matthew (1206-21). Augustine's Confessions (1121-49).
10/05. The Mahabharata (953-1001) and The Bhagavad-Gita (1002-1031).
10/12. The Thousand and One Nights (1566-1618). Journal Set 2 Due.
10/19. Dante Alighieri. Inferno from The Divine Comedy (1815-1942).
10/26. Dante Alighieri. Inferno from The Divine Comedy (1815-1942).
11/02. Sei Shonagon, Yoshida Kenko, Zeami Motokiyo, K.K. Nobumitsu. Shonagon's The Pillow Book (2270-2300). Kenko's Essays in Idleness (2326-2342). Motokiyo's Atsumori (2350-55) and Haku Rakuten (2356-61), Nobumitsu's Dojoji (2361-70).
11/09. Francis Petrarch, Desiderius Erasmus, Niccolo Machiavelli. Petrarch's "Letter" and Sonnets (2476-90). Erasmus' In Praise of Folly (2490-2517). Machiavelli's The Prince (2517-34). Journal Set 3 Due.
11/16. Francois Rabelais, Michel de Montaigne. Rabelais' Gargantua and Pantagruel (2591-2631). Montaigne's Essays (2632-70).
11/23. Holiday Recess. No classes.
11/30. Lope de Vega. Fuente Ovejuna (2783-2821). Florentine Codex (3070-73), Cantares Mexicanos (3073-76), Popol Vuh (3076-92).
12/07. William Shakespeare. Hamlet (2821-2918).
Final Exam Date Wed. Dec. 14, 7:30 - 9:20 p.m. Also due: Journal Set 4 and Term Paper. (I must turn in grades by Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006.)