World Literature 1, Spring 2020/Requirements
TL;DR: World Literature 1 is composed of work that emphasizes participation, research, analysis, and comprehension. It requires one textbook.
|Research / Writing
|Participation / Daily Work
This course is composed of three requirements: a short research/writing project, daily work, and a two exams listed in the chart on the right. The two former requirements will be on-going throughout the semester, will require regular contributions, and may be comprised of various assignments. The final exam will test your knowledge of the semester’s material and be given during the university’s scheduled exam times.
Students’ knowledge of the course texts and lecture materials will be tested with a midterm and a final exam. These exams will test your knowledge of the subject matter (texts, lecture material, and vocabulary), your ability to synthesize this material, and your creativity in going beyond the discussion and lecture materials. The exams will include vocabulary, identification, and interpretation. All exam grades will be based upon objective knowledge of the material, thoroughness, depth of insight, precision, and originality.
Short Lit-Crit Response
Due before midterm, this paper will have students research and write about one of the texts we have studied in class. Choose the text you would like to investigate further, find a secondary, critical article, and write your two-page response. This assignment may be repeated up to three times for extra credit.
Active participation in the classroom is required. Your daily work and attendance represents your participation, like: reading, discussions, training, exercises, library tasks, short writing responses, reading quizzes, peer editing, the viewing of a film, and similar activities. Your participation in group activities and your preparation for class will be weighed heavily in evaluation: participation, effort, and attitude count significantly. You should not sit in class like you’re watching TV: learning requires active participation and enthusiasm .
Reading quizzes and in-class assignments cannot be made up for any reason.
Our study of World Literature this semester will use either of the following:
- Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces: The Western Tradition, Vol. 1: Literature of Western Culture Through the Renaissance (Seventh Edition), edited by Maynard Mack.
- The Norton Anthology of World Literature, Vol. A: Beginnings to A.D. 100 (2nd Edition), edited by Sarah Lawall.
Both of these books are out-of-print, but you should have no problem acquiring one of them, either through the Amazon affiliate links above or another bookstore. These books contain the specific translations that I will be referencing in-class and on exams, so one of the two texts above is required. While readily available, other translations will just be confusing and cause you unnecessary difficulty.
Your course book(s) or readings should always accompany you to class, as we will make heavy use of them in our daily discussions. Please do not come to class without it: we need the texts for class activities, in-class writing, and all aspects of our study. PDFs must be printed if they are used in class—this includes exams. Failure to do so will earn you an absence.
You should also bring an ink interface of some sort, as well as dead trees on which to take notes. Notes should not only reflect good listening skills, but individual interest in every topic discussed in class.
- See the various resources available on this web site to help. They should assist in exam prep and provide guidance for your study throughout the semester.
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