SYLLABUS FOR E236 STUDIES IN LITERARY TRADITION, CHAPMAN U FALL 2008 (UPDATED 10/28/10)
Course Information. English 236. MWF 12:00-12:50 a.m. Location: Beckman 205. Instructor: Alfred J. Drake, Ph.D. Office hours: MW 11:-11:50 a.m. in Cyber Cafe. firstname.lastname@example.org. E236 is part of the 15-credit core course requirement for the BA in English. Catalog: "This course provides an overview of some of the major texts of the western literary tradition. . . ." Credits (3).
Required Texts at the Chapman U Bookstore
Aeschylus. The Oresteia. Trans. Robert Fagles. New York: Penguin Classics, 1984. ISBN-13: 978-0140443332.
Alighieri, Dante. Inferno. Trans. Allen Mandelbaum. New York: Bantam, 1982. ISBN-13: 978-0553213393.
Cervantes, Miguel de. Don Quixote. Trans. Edith Grossman. New York: Harper Perennial, 2005. ISBN-13: 978-0060934347.
Homer. The Odyssey. Trans. Robert Fagles. New York: Penguin Classics, 2006. ISBN-13: 978-0143039952.
King James Bible. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2008. ISBN-13: 978-0199535941.
Ovid. Metamorphoses. Trans. A. D. Mellville. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1998. ISBN-13: 978-0192834720.
Virgil. The Aeneid. Trans. Robert Fagles. New York: Penguin Classics, 2008. ISBN-13: 978-0143105138.
OPTIONAL RESOURCES TO HELP YOU DO WELL
COURSE RATIONALE AND PLAN
Course Policies. Please review early in the semester.
Major Study Units. The course will follow a roughly chronological order and will cover epic poetry, drama, sacred literature, and fiction from Homer through Cervantes. We will devote a few weeks to each work.
HOW YOUR PERFORMANCE WILL BE EVALUATED
Presentations Requirement: Link to Full Instructions. At the beginning of the course, students will sign up for two or three (depending on class size) three-to-five-minute in-class presentations on authors of their choosing (if possible). I will provide presenters with specific questions to address (from among those on the author questions pages) and within a few days after sign-up I will post a schedule on the Presentations page. Each session will feature several presentations. Required: Several days before you present, email me as full a draft as possible of what you intend to say in class. I will email you back with advice. I will post your original draft to the students' blog for this course, but if in my comments I suggested developing the remarks further, you should also send me a revised version within one week after your in-class presentation so that I can post the new version. Other students may, if they wish, access the written entries as they're added by visiting the appropriately named link on the Course Blogs Index Page. 20% of course grade.
Journals Requirement: Link to Full Instructions. Responses to a choice of questions from the study questions page for each author. Three separate journal sets due by email as specified below in reading schedule. Electronic format required. (30%)
Term Paper Requirement: Link to Full Instructions. By Friday of Week 13 (11/21), a one-paragraph description addressing the topic and argument of the projected paper will be due by email. (Full rough drafts are also encouraged.) Not providing this description on time may affect the final draft grade. Please read the term paper instructions carefully since they contain the general prompt, suggested topics, and advance draft comments. I reserve the right to require proof of the final paper's authenticity, such as notes or an early draft. Final draft (5-7 pages) due by exam day or as specified towards the bottom of the syllabus page. Follow MLA guidelines. Research is purely optional; see Chapman Library. See Resources/Guides/Writing Guides: MLA, Grammar, Deductive, Citing, Analyzing, and Editing. (30%)
Final Exam Requirement: Link to Full Instructions. The exam will consist of substantive id passages, mix-and-match questions (match phrase or concept x to author/text y), and essay and/or short-essay questions. There will be more choices than required responses. Books and notes allowed for all sections, but no laptops. Exam date: see below. (20%)
Emailing Journals/Paper/Presentations to e236 at ajdrake.com. Email journals, presentations, and term paper as attachments. Don't send more than one document in the same email. Label subject lines appropriately: "E236 Journal 1, Jane Smith" etc. You can paste journal sets into a regular email or send them as an attachment. (Journal "sets" include responses to questions about several authors; do not send entries on each author in a given set separately -- responses on the relevant authors should be combined into one document.) Contact me if you don't receive an email confirmation within approximately three days.
STUDY QUESTIONS FOR JOURNALS AND PRESENTATIONS
SESSION SCHEDULE: FOLLOWING WORKS DISCUSSED ON DATES INDICATED
M. 08/25. Course Introduction.
W. 08/27. Introduction to the Greeks; The Odyssey, Book 1.
F. 08/29. Homer. The Odyssey, Books 1-2.
M. 09/01. Labor Day Holiday. No classes.
W. 09/03. Homer. The Odyssey, Books 3-4.
F. 09/05. Homer. The Odyssey, Books 5-6.
M. 09/08. Homer. The Odyssey, Books 7-8.
W. 09/10. Homer. The Odyssey, Books 9-10.
F. 09/12. Homer. The Odyssey, Books 11-12.
M. 09/15. No class. I must attend to a family member's minor surgery.
W. 09/17. Aeschylus. The Oresteia. First Play: Agamemnon.
F. 09/19. Aeschylus. The Oresteia. First Play: Agamemnon.
M. 09/22. Aeschylus. The Oresteia. Second Play: The Libation Bearers.
W. 09/24. Aeschylus. The Oresteia. Third Play: The Eumenides.
F. 09/26. Aeschylus. The Oresteia. Third Play: The Eumenides. Journal Set 1 Due by email over the weekend.
M. 09/29. Virgil. The Aeneid. Books 1-2.
W. 10/01. Virgil. The Aeneid. Books 3-4.
F. 10/03. No class. I will be out of town.
M. 10/06. Virgil. The Aeneid. Books 5-8.
W. 10/08. Virgil. The Aeneid. Books 9-10.
F. 10/10. Virgil. The Aeneid. Books 11-12.
M. 10/13. Ovid. Metamorphoses. Book 1.
W. 10/15. Ovid. Metamorphoses. Book 2.
F. 10/17. Ovid. Metamorphoses. Book 3.
M. 10/20. Ovid. Metamorphoses. Book 4.
W. 10/22. Ovid. Metamorphoses. From Book 5: "The Rape of Proserpine," "Arethusa." From Book 6: "Tereus, Procne, and Philomela." From Book 8: "Daedalus and Icarus."
F. 10/24. Ovid. Metamorphoses. From Book 10: "Hyacinth," "Pygmalion," "Orpheus and Euridyce." From Book 11: "The Death of Orpheus." From Book 15: "The Apotheosis of Julius Caesar" and "Epilogue."
M. 10/27. The King James Bible. From Genesis: Chs. 1-4 (Creation and Fall); Chs. 6-9 (Noah's Ark); Ch. 11 (Tower of Babel); Ch. 22 (Abraham and Isaac).
W. 10/29. The King James Bible. From Exodus: Chs. 1-20 (pp. 65-90).
F. 10/31. The King James Bible. Job (pp. 607-40).
M. 11/03. The King James Bible. The Gospel According to Saint Matthew, Chs. 1-14 (pp. 3-22).
W. 11/05. The King James Bible. The Gospel According to Saint Matthew, Chs. 15-28 (pp. 22-44).
F. 11/07. The King James Bible. "The First Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians (pp. 206-22). Journal Set 2 Due by email over the weekend.
M. 11/10. Dante Alighieri. The Inferno. Cantos 1-4.
W. 11/12. Dante Alighieri. The Inferno. Cantos 5-11.
F. 11/14. Dante Alighieri. The Inferno. Cantos 12-17.
M. 11/17. Dante Alighieri. The Inferno. Cantos 18-22.
W. 11/19. Dante Alighieri. The Inferno. Cantos 23-28.
F. 11/21. Dante Alighieri. The Inferno. Cantos 29-34. Paragraph on paper topic and argument due by email today.
M. 11/24. I will be present in class for a free-form meeting--this is a useful time to discuss paper topics, the exam, etc., so I encourage you to attend.
W. 11/26. Thanksgiving Holiday, no classes.
F. 11/28. Thanksgiving Holiday, no classes.
M. 12/01. Miguel de Cervantes. Don Quixote. Book 1, Chs. 1-5 (pages 19-45); Book 1, Chs. 7-8 (53-61 paragraph 1).
W. 12/03. Miguel de Cervantes. Don Quixote. Book 1, Ch. 18 (125 bottom-133); Book 1, Ch. 22 (163-72); Book 1, Ch. 52 (440 middle-446 top).
F. 12/05. Miguel de Cervantes. Don Quixote. Book 2, Chs. 71-74 (919-40).
Final Exam Date: Monday December 8, 8:00-10:30 a.m. Due by Monday December 15: Term Paper and Journal Set 3. I must turn in grades by 4:00 pm Sunday, December 21. For your other courses, check the Fall 2008 Chapman Final Exam Schedule.