SURVEY OF WORLD LITERATURE ENGL 3403
Mid-America Christian University
Judith L. Steele, Assistant Professor
PHONE: 692-3183 (office) 789-9532 (home)
OFFICE HOURS: Posted on office door
The Norton Anthology of World Literature, 7 ed., Vols. D, E and F
The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 5 Ed.; Gibaldi,
Joseph. New York: The Modern Language Assoc. of America, 1999
World Literature 3403 is designed to introduce students to important world authors and their work,
and provides a study of both Western and non-Western literature from 1650 to the present, with
an emphasis on literary analysis, literary theory and the relationship between literature and
culture. The course also serves as partial fulfillment for the requirements of a major in English
education and as an elective for other students.
*Parenthetical references indicate competencies mandated for teacher candidates by the Oklahoma Commission for
Teacher Preparation (OCTP) that correspond with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher
Education/National Council of Teachers of English (NCATE/NCTE) matrix of 2000.
Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Explain the various characteristics of poetry, drama, and fiction
(NCATE/NCTE 18.104.22.168; OK Eng. Comp. 1, 2, 12)*
2. Explain the individuality, philosophy, and influence of major male and female writers.
(NCATE/NCTE 3.5.1, 22.214.171.124; OK Gen. Comp. 1.2, 1.3; OK Eng. Comp. 2, 12)
3. Discuss the cultural and historical milieu and its relationship to specific works
(NCATE/NCTE 2.2, 126.96.36.199; OK Eng. Comp. 2,5,10)
4. Discuss the diversity and commonality of human experience demonstrated in a wide range
of world authors.
5. Analyze and interpret various literary works.
(NCATE/NCTE 3.3.3; OK Eng. Comp 2
6. Discuss various literary theories/criticisms.
(NCATE/NCTE 3.3.3, 188.8.131.52)
7. Explain the relationship between non-print and print media.
(NCATE/NCTE 3.6.2; OK Comp. 10)
8. Write Reader-Response criticism on literary works.
(NCATE/NCTE 3.2.2, 3.2.3, 3.2.4, 3.3.1, 3.3.2,; OK Eng. Comp.4,7)
9. Assess the influence the Holy Bible has had on world literature.
(NCATE/NCTE 3.1.5;OK Eng. Comp. 2, 5)
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10. Express how the course affected personal definition of "truth" and "reality" and the
adequacy of the definitions. (OK Eng. Comp. 2)
11. Review the characteristics of literary genre as affected by various authors and the major
contributions they made to the world of literature. (OK Eng. Com. 2)
12. Discuss how literature reveals human nature and influences thoughts and actions of a
society. (NCATE/NCTE 3.4.3;OK Eng. Comp. 5)
I. COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
1. First Impressions Cards (3.3.3) – 5 pts. ea.
Students will complete and turn in a 4x6” index card for each reading assignment.
These cards will be collected at the beginning of class. Purpose: to ensure the student
has read the assignment, and when returned, will be useful as a study guide for tests and
the final exam.
The card should contain the following 6 items of information:
Title of the work
Main characters – names and roles
(Note: the speaker/narrator is NOT a character)
Time period in history and major historical event (if any) taking place
Two-sentence plot summary
One major impression, thought or thing learned that stood out after reading this
2. Digital Reader Response Journal - 20 pts. ea.
This will be a one-to-two page essay (minimum of 600 words) written according to Reader
Response theory as taught in class. Work must be identified and written in MLA style (see
sample at the end of the syllabus.)
Instructions: Submit a dated entry to the professor via e-mail for specific works as indicated
in the syllabus. Cut and paste into Outlook is accepted, as are attachments, but be sure your
attachments can be opened in Microsoft Office XP Professional.
These are to be e-mailed to the professor within one week of the class period in which the
work is read (i.e., a Digital Response specified for a class reading assignment on a Tuesday
will be due by 11:59 p.m. the following Tuesday. The professor will remit an e-mail of
acknowledgement within 24 hours after you send your entry. If you do NOT get an
acknowledgement, it is your responsibility to inquire, as there may be a problem with
No more than one essay is to be submitted at a time. No late entries will be accepted.
One e-mail with two or more entries attached will be counted as only one dated entry for the
most recent essay due.
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3. Internet Research Reports (184.108.40.206) – 3 @ 20 pts. ea.
As the syllabus indicates, students will do Internet research to analyze and critically review
sites that relate to issues, works, authors, or related time periods. These reports are due on
the day indicated in the syllabus. Each of these reports must be written in standard American
English with appropriate sources cited in MLA style. A topic and instruction sheet will be
handed out in class for each report.
4. Expanded Research Paper – 100 pts.
The student will select one of the Internet Research Reports he/she has written for further
development and analysis according to the choices below.
Research papers will be 6-8 pages in length and must use a total of 5 sources (a
minimum of four secondary sources if Northon Anthology is included as a source.) All
research papers must be written in the MLA style. (220.127.116.11)
A. Influence Paper (3.5.1)
This paper will examine your topic in terms of the influence, as reflected in the text, of
the values (religious, social, cultural, etc.) of the era in which it was written and/or the
influence upon the text of the experiences of the author. The paper should also
address influences made by the text on the contemporary world during its own times and
reflect upon the relevancies of its effect or relationship to our modern world today.
B. Literary Analysis (18.104.22.168)
This paper will analyze your topic according to some literary aspect (e.g., character, plot,
theme, symbolism, or type of literary critique, etc.)
C. Connection Paper (22.214.171.124; 126.96.36.199)
This paper will analyze the connection between your topic and other artistic genres (e.g,
art, music, etc.) of the same era. The purpose of this paper is to make connections
between themes, symbols, references, style, etc. in the literary work and other art forms
and to formulate a thesis related to the observed connections. Merely reporting
observations will NOT satisfy the intent of this option. Some examples of general areas
of connection are religious reflection/influence, social commentary, value systems,
historical interpretation, development of philosophical attitudes, etc.
5. Visual Presentation (3.2.4) – 100 pts.
The student will select a work or an author from the selected readings or another author
from the Norton Texts for the class and prepare a visual presentation to the class. Students
will sign up for the date they wish to present (three per class period). Each presentation
should take a minimum of 15 minutes. We will brainstorm for ideas on how to create the
presentations. Some examples might be an Internet tour, interactive games or cards, a re-
enactment, a three-dimensional construction, a mobile, etc. Overhead and Power Point
presentations are discouraged, as these have become standard classroom tools and
presenters tend to rely on reading the slides. Creativity is our goal!
6. Tests – 200 pts total
There will be two tests, one covering Vol. 1A, The Middle Ages; and the second covering
Vol 1B, the 16 and Early 17 Centuries.
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7. Final exam - 100-150 pts
Exam will cover entire semester course work, pulling generally from the first two periods,
as above, and more detailed questions from the final volume, Vol. 1C, The Restoration
and 18 Century.
Final percentage grades of the semester will be converted to letter grades according to the
93 – 100 = A
84 – 92 = B
70 – 83 = C
62 – 69 = D
0 – 61 = F
Cheating is a serious offense in the academic community. Anyone caught cheating in
any way is subject to discipline which may include automatic failure of the course or dismissal
from the institution.
Position on Plagiarizing
The student is expected to do original work. Research and reading will be required for
class and project preparation, but the student is responsible for integrating researched material
into his/her work in a way that reflects the student’s own thinking and logic. Under no
circumstances may a student use a commercial essay or paper available for purchase. Evidence
of plagiarizing an essay or paper will result in a serious deduction of points from the student’s
overall grade and may contribute to an “F” grade for the course.
Assignments, Late Work and Make-up Work
ALL assignments are due at the beginning of the class period on the announced due
date with the exception of in-class work, which may be handed in at the end of the class
at the professor’s request.
Only work assigned during a class period may be completed during class. All other
assignments are to be completed prior to class.
Students are expected to have read the assignments given and to be prepared to
discuss the literary work for the class period.
If a student must be absent on the due date of an assignment for any reason (including
approved college-related activities), he/she must turn the assignment in before the class
period in which it is due. The professor may consider late work, but application for such
clemency is requested via e-mail request. Late work will be subject to a deduction of
points from the assignment’s grade.
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Opportunity to make up missed tests or pre-announced quizzes due to legitimate
absences will be provided. The student is to arrange for make-up work with the professor
(not before, during or after class). Make-up work will be completed in the library by
arrangement with the professor. No make-up work is to be turned in to the professor
Attendance in ENGL 1103 is in accord with the College Catalog (pg. 5):
“Every student is expected to attend all class sessions of a course in order that he/she
may gain better mastery of the subject, as well as participate in (activities) and interact with
students. Acceptable absences for all courses are decided by the faculty and are to be stated in
the syllabus for each course.”
Absences 1 through 3:
Occasionally it may be necessary for a student to be absent from a class.
Therefore, the MACU policy allows students ONE absence for each time per week the
class (up to a maximum of three excused absences.) The professor will allow an
additional 3 absences, subject to a reduction in points from the cumulative grade at the
time of the absence. (Total of 6 absences for the semester.)
Absences 4 through 6:
Beginning with the fourth time a student is absent, a deduction of 5 points will be made
for each absence, continuing through the sixth time.
The MACU catalog states, “The maximum number of absences for all causes,
including school related absences, is three absences for each time per week the class
meets (6).” Thus, a seventh absence means a FAIL for the course.
More than 5 minutes:
A tardy will be recorded if a student is more than five minutes late to class.
Three tardies equal one absence.
More than 15 minutes:
Will be recorded as an absence
The professor reserves the right to determine if a tardy can be excused.
Class Roll Call
Attendance will be taken promptly at the start of each class session. Students arriving after roll-
call are responsible for ensuring they have been marked present.
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Successful people share a vision for the future. It is expected that this class will consist
of a group of people who share the common goal of succeeding in ENGL 1103.
While it is expected that the class will strive as a group to exhibit the desired values of
good citizenship, consideration and respect for others, and to make a concerted effort to succeed,
a student may experience some uncertainty about expectations. Therefore, these guidelines
have been identified to answer those doubts.
Take your work seriously. It is expected that all work will be written in full, Standard
American English, with correct spelling, punctuation and grammar. All work must be neat
and legible. The instructor reserves the right to deem work unreadable and insufficient to
earn credit. A student may be asked to re-do an assignment for credit.
Identify your work.
All work must be submitted with a heading in the MLA style (see example
attached to syllabus) All essays are to be individually identified, according to the
examples on sample MLA style page in this syllabus. If papers are not in MLA style, they
will receive a reduction in points.
Papers without names or identification will be kept and can receive no credit.
Bring your text books and materials to class.
Students are expected to purchase the required texts AND to bring the texts to class.
The textbooks are your working tools, and, as such, are necessary items. You will
need your books in class with you.
In addition to your books, bring blank paper (regular, lined 3-hole), notebook and pens,
staplers, etc. These items will not be provided.
Participate with respect
Part of the classroom experience is interaction with other students and the
exchange of ideas. Students are encouraged to participate in classroom discussions.
Nearly any idea that is presented with respect to the professor and other students will be
In the remote event a student exhibits classroom behavior that is discourteous,
distracting, or disruptive, he/she may expect to incur the consequences for such
behavior. Consequences may impact the student’s grade and result in dismissal from
the class period, with an absence being recorded.
Arrive on time.
If a student must leave class early, he/she is to notify the professor at the
beginning of class. If the professor is not informed, he/she may exercise the liberty
of marking the student absent
Remain in class.
Students are expected to remain in the classroom for the entire class period. This means
no restroom breaks or phone calls (unless an emergency). If a student leaves the class
for any length of time during the class period without asking permission, he/she will be
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A time and a place for technology.
Students may use traditional laptop computers for note taking only. Students are
requested not to bring small, multi-purpose technical devices into the classroom,
including “Blackberries,” “Palm Pilots,” “IPODs,” etc. and/or cell phones with text and
camera options, etc.
All cell phones MUST be turned off and stored out of sight before the start of class.
This syllabus serves as a guide. To facilitate class needs as they arise, the professor reserves the right to
make changes throughout the semester. The student who is absent is responsible for finding out what, if
any, changes may have been made to assignments, etc., either through peers or by contacting the professor.
Students who need academic assistance, tutoring and other kinds of help should request assistance initially
in the Office of the Registrar. Official documentation of a learning disability will become part of the
student’s permanent file and will be kept in the Office of the Registrar. Official documentation must be
from medical personnel or a licensed or academically credentialed counselor. Upon receiving official
documentation, the Office of the Registrar will notify the Office of the Academic Dean, who, in turn,
requests that the counseling department develop an academic assistance plan for the individual student.
Appropriate faculty are given suggestions by the counseling department pertaining to acceptable
educational procedures and/or aids which address the particular academic needs of the student.
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SURVEY OF WORLD LITERATURE - ENGL 3403
Mid-America Christian University
(Note: A star (*) in front of the item indicates a First Impressions Card AND a Reader Response is
due on the work. Some assignments will offer a choice. In that case, do one card/essay on your
Date Selection Pages
Jan 10 Syllabus – Course Overview
Jan 12 THE ENLIGHTENMENT IN EUROPE – Intro 295-300
3.2.2 , 3.3.1, 3.3.2, 3.3.3, 3.5.1, 188.8.131.52, 3.6.1)
*Jonathon Swift – English -
“A Modest Proposal” 483-489
Jan 17 *Alexander Pope – English
“An Essay on Man” 510-517
Jan 19 *Ihara Saikaku – Japanese Internet
Search Box: Saikaku, Ihara
Choose #11 “Opening Night in the Capital”
Research additional info on the author; bring one
item to class to share.
(2) Select and read one of the five stories in the text 591-603
“The Barrelmaker Brimful of Love”
Come to class prepared to tell the story to the class in an
expressive, literate and creative manner.
Jan 24 ROMANTICISM – Intro Volume E 651-661
*Johann Wolfgang Goethe – German
Jan 26 Faust , cont. 742-780
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Jan 31 William Wordsworth – English
1. “Lines . . .above Tintern Abbey” 792-801
2. “Ode on Imitations of Immortality”
3. “The World Is Too Much With Us”
Coleridge – English
1. “Kubla Khan” 813-818
2. “Dejection: An Ode”
Shelley – English
1. “Ode to a West Wind” 821-825
2. “In Defence of Poetry”
Keats – English
1. “Ode on a Grecian Urn” 829-834
2. “Ode to a Nightengale”
3. “Ode on Melancholy”
*Choose one of the above poets for the First Impressions
Card you turn in. You may do an additional card for 5 bonus points.
Feb 2 CONTINENTAL ROMANTIC LYRIC POETS
Novalis – French
“Yearning for Death” 838-840
Anna Petrovna Bunina – Russian
“From the Seashore”
Rosalía de Castro – Spanish/Spain
[As I Composed This Little Book] 859-862
[Mild Was the Air]
[A Glowworm Scatters Flashes]
[Candescent Lies the Air]
[The Ailing Woman Felt Her Forces Ebb]
*Choose one of the above poets for the First Impressions card you turn
in. You may do an additional card for 5 bonus points.
*Emily Dickinson – American
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Feb. 7 TEST 1
Internet Resources Report #1 Due
Feb. 9 REALISM, NATURALISM, SYMBOLISM - Intro 1071-1080
*Arthur Rimbaud – French
“The Drunken Boat” 1413-1414
*Tolstoy – Russian
“The Death of Ivan Ilyich” Chap. 1-6 1422-1446
Feb 14 “The Death of Ivan Ilyich” Chap. 7-12 1446-1460
Feb 16 STUDENT PRESENTATIONS 1-4
Feb 21 *Ibsen – Norwegian
Hedda Gabler, Acts I and II 1464-1498
Feb 23 Hedda Gabler, Acts III and IV 1498-1518
Feb 28 *Anton Chekhov – Russian
“The Lady with the Dog” 1524-1535
Mar 2 TEST #2
Internet Resources Report #2 due
Mar 7 THE MODERN WORLD Volume F
*Rainer Maria Rilke – German
“The Panther,” “The Swan, “The Spanish Dancer” 1895-1896
Mar 9 *Franz Kafka –Czechoslovakian (Bohemia)
The Metamorphosis 1999…tbd
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Week 10 March 13-17 – SPRING BREAK
Mar 21 The Metamorphosis, cont. tbd…2030
*Zuni Ritual Poetry – Native American
“A Prayer at the Winter Solstice,” “The Scalp Dance” 2033-2034
Mar. 23 *T. S. Eliot – English/American
The Waste Land 2079-2091
Mar 28 STUDENT PRESENTATIONS 5-8
Wen I-to – Chinese Internet
Research this author on the Internet. Bring a
Download of one of his poems and a selection of
Information about him you can share with the class.
Mar 30 *Albert Camus – French/Algerian
The Guest 2574-2582
RESEARCH PAPER DUE
Apr 4 *Alexander Solzhenitsyn – Russian
“Matryona’s Home” 2696-2722
Apr 6 STUDENT PRESENTATIONS 9-12
*Gabriel García Márquez – Columbian
“Death Constant beyond Love” 2849-2855
Internet Resources Report #3 Due
Apr 11 *Chinua Achebe – Nigerian
Things Fall Apart, Chap. 1-8 2860-2892
Apr 13 Things Fall Apart, Chap. 9-16 2892-2923
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Apr 18 Things Fall Apart, Chap. 17-24 2923-2948
Apr 20 *Alice Munro
“Walker Brothers Cowboy” 3010-3020
Apr. 25 STUDENT PRESENTATIONS 13-14
Apr 27 Review for Final Exam
Week of May 1: FINAL EXAM – World Lit 3403 - TUESDAY, May 2, 10:00 a.m., CR 103