World Lit Since the Renaissance - The University of Texas at Tyler

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					English 2363.003                                     Jennifer Pacenza
World Literature                                     Email:
After the Renaissance                                Office: TCB 100F
Spring 2009                                          Office Phone #: 565-5896
TR 9:30 – 10:50                                      Office Hours: MWF 8:30-10:30am

Required Texts and other Materials
Longman Anthology of World Literature 2nd ed; vols. DEF

Grade Calculation
Exam 1 – 20%
Exam 2 – 20%
Exam 3 – 20%
Quizzes – 20%
Participation – 10%
Attendance – 10%

Course Description
In this course, we will read and discuss world literature written after the Renaissance with an
emphasis on works and writers outside of the English Language. During the course of the
semester you will learn:

      To carefully read and intelligently discuss literature.
      To understand and use literary terminology.
      To place the writers and works within their cultural and historical contexts.
      To gain an aesthetic appreciation for diverse writers, works, and cultures.

Description of Assignments

Exams – Over the course of the semester you will take three exams, one for each volume of the
text. These exams will test you over the information from both lectures and readings for the
class through multiple choice, matching, short answer, and essay questions. Remember these
exams will not only test your ability to regurgitate the facts from the lectures and reading but
also your ability to create an original interpretation of the texts.

Reading Quizzes—I will randomly give reading quizzes at the beginning of class. If you are late
or absent and miss a quiz, you may not make it up. At the end of the semester, I will drop the
lowest 2 quiz grades before averaging the final quiz grade.

Participation—Participation is based on class discussion. While I plan to lecture some in this
course, I like to center my literature courses on group discussion of the works. For that reason,
you must come to class prepared to take notes and to participate in class discussions. Your
participation grade will be based on how much you contribute to class discussion. You can lose
participation points due to rude or inappropriate classroom behavior including cell phone usage,
texting, talking to neighbors, insensitive behavior, and rude comments.
Attendance – Each unexcused absence results in an automatic 10-point deduction from your
attendance grade; more than eight absences will result in an automatic F for the course. I take
role at the very beginning of class; if you are late, you need to make sure that I mark you present
before leaving for the day. Sleeping in class does not count as being in class, so if you choose to
sleep in class, I will count you absent for the day, and you may be asked to leave the classroom.
If you are absent for any reason, you will still be responsible for the information provided that
day in class. Please feel free to come see me to get the information you missed.

Extra Credit

During the course of the semester you have three chances for extra credit. For each third of the
semester, you can write a one-page, double-spaced essay on any piece of literature we have read
in class. The essay needs to have 1-inch margins and 12-point font; the essay must also be a full
page to receive credit. While these are short essays, you will still be expected to write an
argumentative reaction to the piece of literature. Do not hand in a plot summary. The essay
grade will replace the lowest quiz grade for that third. All extra credit essays are due on exam
day: extra credit for the first third will be due on the day of the first exam; extra credit for the
second third is due on the day of the second exam, and extra credit for the last third is due on the
day of the final. I will not accept late extra credit.

Course Content Caveat

Great works of art always tend to create controversy even centuries after their invention, so be
aware that in this course we will read literature that may discuss taboo, sensitive, or controversial
subjects such a sex, sexuality, religion, murder, crime, abortion, morality, the occult, slavery,
racism, etc. While we discuss these topics, please remember to be respectful of all viewpoints
and beliefs. If you find that you are offended by the topics mentioned here (or others that might
come up during the course of the semester), please feel free to speak to me about it outside of
class. If you fear your distaste for these topics might keep you from completing the readings or
acting civilly in class, then you might consider dropping this course.

Email Procedures

Email is the best way to contact me outside of my office hours, so if you have any questions,
please feel free to email me at any time. When emailing me, please include your name and the
course number. I will not answer emails that do not follow this one simple rule. For all other
emails, I will most likely respond within 24 hours barring any personal or technical emergencies.
Plagiarism and Academic Dishonesty

All students must do their own work and avoid academic dishonesty, plagiarism, and cheating.

          Using any unauthorized assistance for quizzes and exams.
          Knowingly or negligently paraphrasing or quoting the published or unpublished work
           of another person without full and clear acknowledgement
          Knowingly or negligently using materials prepared by another person or agency
           engaged in selling term papers or other academic materials

Plagiarism and academic dishonesty are unacceptable and will result in an automatic F for the

Americans with Disabilities Act

Essential competencies for this class include the ability to read and interpret expository,
persuasive, and literary writing; the ability to write meaningful, coherent, and correct English;
the ability to complete assignments in a timely manner; the ability to use a word processor; the
ability to complete in-class assignments; and the ability to think critically. If you have a
disability for which you will require accommodations under the terms of the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1973, please contact Ida MacDonald in the Disability Support Services office
so that the appropriate arrangements may be made. In accordance with federal law, any student
requesting accommodation must provide documentation of his/her disability to the Disability
Support Services counselor. For more information, call or visit the Student Services Center
located in the University Center, Room 282, or call 903-566-7079 (TDD 565-5579).

Grade Replacement

If you are repeating this course for a grade replacement, you must file and ―intent to receive
grade forgiveness‖ form with the registrar by the 12th day of class. Failure to file an ―intent to
receive grade forgiveness‖ form will result in both the original and repeated grade being used to
calculate your overall grade point average. A student will receive grade forgiveness (grade
replacement) for only three (undergraduate) or two (graduate) course repeats during his/her
career at UT Tyler. (2006-08 Catalog, p. 35.)
                                       Tentative Schedule
                                          Subject to Change

               Tuesday                                         Thursday
Week 1         Introduction                                    Volume D
1/13, 15                                                       Intro Material 1-11
                                                               Cao Xueqin, The Story of the Stone 71-94
Week 2         Cao Xueqin, The Story of the Stone 94-145       Shen Fu, from Six Records of a Floating Life
1/20, 22                                                       146-160
                                                               The Ottoman Empire 160-162
                                                               Author bios and selected poems 162-172
Week 3         Age of Enlightenment 185-198                    Moliere, Tartuffe 225- 252 (acts 3-5)
1/27, 29       Moliere, Tartuffe 199-225 (acts 1 & 2)
Week 4         Swift, ―Ladies Dressing Room‖ 288-292           Saikaku stories 544-558
2/3, 5         Lady Montague, ―The Reason…‖ 292-294            Rochester poems 561-568
               Rousseau ―The Social Contract‖ 586-592
               Wollstonecraft ―Vindication for the Rights of
               Women‖ 592-598
Week 5         Montesquieu, Persian Letters 426-433            Exam 1
2/10, 12       Equiano The Interesting Narrative… 441-450      Extra Credit Due
Week 6         Volume E                                        Goethe, Faust 133-158
2/17, 19       Intro Material 1-18
               Goethe, Faust 84-133
Week 7         Goethe, Faust 158-193                           Balzac, Sarrasine 402-425
2/24, 26
Week 8         Tolstoy, Death of Ivan Ilyich, 542-579          Baudelaire, selected poetry and prose 515-539
3/3, 5
Spring Break   No Class—Spring Break                           No Class—Spring Break
3/10, 12
Week 9         Perspectives Colonial Frontier 320-372          Perspectives Occidentalism 461-489
3/17, 19
Week 10        Ibsen, A Doll’s House 838-874 (acts 1-2)        Ibsen, A Doll’s House 874-888 (act 3)
3/24, 26
Week 11        Exam 2                                          Volume F
3/31, 4/2      Extra Credit Due                                Intro Material 1-20
                                                               Perspectives Manifesto 21-55
Week 12        Premchand, My Big Brother 121-127               Kafka, Metamorphosis 253-284
4/7, 9         Lu Xun, Mad Man’s Diary 131-138
Week 13        Brecht, Mother Courage 329-364                  Brecht, Mother Courage 364-381
4/14, 16
Week 14        Beckett, Endgame 433-469                        Mishima, ―Patriotism‖ 391-401
4/21, 23                                                       Borges, ―Library of Babel‖ 501-506
Week 15        Mahfouz, Arabian Nights And Days 513-15,        Silko, ―Yellow Woman‖ 672-679
4/28, 30       523-537                                         Marquez, ―Artificial Roses‖ 757-761
               Cesaire, Notebook… 590-617
Week 16                                                        Exam 3 9:30 - 11:30
5/5, 7                                                         Extra Credit Due
Please sign the form below and return it to your teacher.

I have received and read the syllabus for English 2363. I understand the instructor’s policies
regarding course requirements, assignments, absences, plagiarism, misconduct, disability
accommodations, and classroom conduct. I understand that I am responsible for observing all
deadlines and due dates and failure to do so will directly affect my grade.

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