ENG 2850: Great Works of Literature II (Fall 2011)
Professor Shelly Eversley; firstname.lastname@example.org
VC 7-249; 646 312 3960
Office Hours: Mondays, 1-2pm and by appointment
Course Goals and Expectations:
This course is meant to introduce you to world literature, to develop your critical thinking and writing skills, and to strengthen your ability to communicate effectively. With these goals in mind, we will read several novels by authors whose achievements withstand the test of time. We will read each novel carefully and critically, exploring themes and formal concerns that are representative in world literatures. We will practice the moves through which scholars generate “close readings.” The discipline of “close reading” requires practice; accordingly, we will conduct regular in-class exercises that include free writing, reading quizzes, and group discussion. You will develop your ability to think for yourself and generate your own arguments and interpretations. By developing your ability to read one text deeply, and many texts comparatively, you will improve your ability to better represent your thinking through your writing. Hopefully, also, you will develop a deeper respect for literature.
We will use a class blog to explore and comment on how what we learn from the readings and in class discussion affects contemporary life and your contemporary knowledge. You are welcome to post anything (e.g., written comments, poetry, video, art) you think is relevant to our class discussions. You are also welcome to comment on other people’s posts. You are required to post at least five times and comment three times. You should also refer to our blog for additional readings, class updates and course information.
If you do not have a blogs@baruch user account, you must sign up for one and then add yourself as a user on our course blog: http://blogs.baruch.cuny.edu/iloveliterature/
In collaboration with a partner, you will develop a multimedia project (3 minutes) that explores a theme, issue or formal concern that one of the readings inspires in you. The goal here is for you to expand your technical skills beyond power point, to practice your ability to execute an intellectually rigorous and creative idea, and to learn to work with another person. Technical assistance will be available on the course blog as well as in a special multimedia workshop.
Active class discussion is crucial. You must come to class prepared to participate. You must bring hard copies of books and course readings with you to class every day. You must also turn off your mobile phones.
In addition, you will complete two essays (5 pages). I will not assign paper topics and I will not accept late papers. Instead, I will conduct in-class writing workshops that will assist you in your ability to generate your own arguments and textual discussions.
Your grade depends on class participation (15%), blog activity (15%), essays (25% each), and the final multimedia project (20%).
The Department of English fully supports Baruch College’s policy on Academic Honesty, which states, in part: “Academic dishonesty is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Cheating, forgery, plagiarism and collusion in dishonest acts undermine the college’s educational mission and the students’ personal and intellectual growth. Baruch students are expected to bear individual responsibility for their work and to uphold the ideal of academic integrity. Any student who attempts to compromise or devalue the academic process will be sanctioned.” Additional information can be found at http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/academic/academic_honesty.html
Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet), Candide and Other Stories (Oxford World Classics)
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway (Mariner Books)
Natsume Soseki, Kokoro (Penguin Classics)
Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha (Penguin Classics)
Art Spiegelman, The Complete Maus: A Survivor’s Tale (Pantheon)
Chinua Achebe, Arrow of God (Anchor)
Additional readings will be available for download from the class blog.
All books are available at Shakespeare and Company Booksellers, 137 E. 23rd Street.
August 29: Introductions: The Enlightenment
August 31: Alexander Pope. “An Essay on Man”
September 5: Labor Day. The College is closed.
September 7: “An Essay on Man” continued.
September 12: Voltaire, Candide
September 14: Candide continued.
September 19: Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self Reliance” (download).
September 21: “Self Reliance” continued. Writing Workshop #1
September 26: Modernism Introduction. Download additional readings.
September 28: No classes scheduled.
October 3: Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway
October 5: Mrs. Dalloway continued.
October 10: Columbus Day. The College is closed.
October 12: Mrs. Dalloway continued. Paper #1 is due.
October 17: Mrs. Dalloway continued
October 19: Mrs. Dalloway continued. Paper #1 is due.
October 24: Natsume Soseki, Kokoro
October 26: Kokoro continued.
October 31: Kokoro continued. Workshop on paragraphs.
November 2: Kokoro continued. Writing workshop #2.
November 7: Art Speigelman, Maus I.
November 9: Maus I continued.
November 14: Art Spiegelman, Maus II.
November 16: …Maus II continued.
November 21: Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha
November 23: Siddhartha continued.
November 28: Chinua Achebe, Arrow of God
November 30: Arrow of God continued. Paper #2 is due.
December 5: Arrow of God continued.
December 7: Derek Wolcott, “Elegy” and “The Sea Is History” (download)
December 12: Multimedia Presentations.