English 2111: World Literature I fall 2010: tr 12: 30-1: 45 (crn: 80265) Instructor

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English 2111: World Literature I

Fall 2010: TR 12:30-1:45 (CRN: 80265)
Instructor: Jacob Sullins (jsullins@highlands.edu; 678/872-8079)

Office: 215; Office Hours: MW 9:15-11 and 1-3:30; TR 11:30-12:30 and 3:15-4; and by appointment

Course Website: http://sullins.wikispaces.com/Early+World+Lit
PREREQUISITES: Completion of English 1101 and 1102 with a grade of C or better in each.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: English 2111 is a survey of important works of world literature from ancient times through the mid-seventeenth century. This course constitutes the first half of the world literature survey, roughly from the ancient world to the Renaissance.
COURSE OBJECTIVES: English 2111 helps to fulfill these Learning Outcomes: 
Number One: Communication: Students will demonstrate the ability to write and speak logically, clearly, and precisely, as well as the ability, through accurate reading and listening, to acquire, organize, present, and document information and ideas.
Number Five: Critical Thinking: Students will demonstrate that they have developed dimensions of critical and analytical thinking.


 Through the writing of literary essays about selected literature, students will demonstrate their ability to conceive ideas about a topic, synthesize and arrange those ideas logically, and express them clearly in written standard English with appropriate MLA documentation.

 Through the discussion, interpretation, and analysis of literary works and through the examination and analysis of research materials and sources, students will demonstrate the ability to recognize differing perspectives and points of view.

 Through research and research paper writing, and through critical examinations of literature in analytical essays, students will demonstrate their ability to form hypotheses and anticipate consequences. They will also demonstrate an awareness of basic research techniques, including the nature and extent of needed information and how to effectively access and evaluate information.

Class Participation, Taboo Technology, and General Etiquette: Classroom discussion and verbal analysis are significant components of this course—students are expected to come to class each day prepared to offer useful thoughts and responses to conversations about that day’s texts. During these conversations, students must display common courtesy and be respectful of a variety of ideas and observations; open-mindedness and intellectual courtesy and respect are necessary and expected.

One significant aspect of that common courtesy is student focus on class presentations and discussions—it is simply disrespectful and unproductive to be off-task during class. While what exactly constitutes focused and effective class participation is debatable, I believe that the fact that off-task messaging and computing detracts from participation and from the overall classroom experience is not. As such, the use of cell phones, PDAs, ipods, and other electronic devices during class is generally prohibited, and classroom computers should not be used for purposes unrelated to the course and coursework. Work on activities unrelated to this course during class time is also prohibited. Transgressions of this policy will result in grade reduction as well as potential dismissal from the class.

Required Texts: Lawall, et al., The Norton Anthology of World Literature, Volumes A-C
Attendance, Tardiness, and the 15-Minute Rule: Class attendance is necessary, and attendance will be taken. After four absences a student will not be allowed to continue to attend class until that student has received permission to do so from the division chair; after six absences the instructor will accept no further assignments from the student. There is no distinction between excused and unexcused absences—there is only present or absent. Emergency situations do arise, so I encourage you not to be absent unnecessarily. Also, while class is going on, do not wander in and out of the classroom—it is distracting and takes away from the learning environment. Finally, I adhere to the 15-Minute Rule: if I am more than 15 minutes late to class, you are free to leave; conversely, if you are more than 15 minutes late, you will be counted as absent. We will begin some classes with quizzes or writing assignments that cannot be made up. If you are consistently late, it may adversely affect your grade.
Academic Honesty and Integrity: Plagiarism is academic dishonesty, and ignorance of what plagiarism entails is not accepted as an excuse. You should complete all academic work with the standard of personal integrity that Georgia Highlands College demands. According to Diana Hacker’s A Writer’s Reference, “To borrow another writer’s words and ideas without proper acknowledgement is a form of dishonesty known as plagiarism. To avoid plagiarism, you must cite all quotations, summaries, and paraphrases, as well as any facts or ideas that are not common knowledge. In addition, you must be careful to put paraphrases and summaries in your own words” (214-5). Acceptable channels of assistance with written work for this course include the Tutorial Center and conferences with the professor. If you are unclear about the precise definition of plagiarism, see your instructor or refer to the college’s Academic Integrity Policy, which may be accessed online at www.highlands.edu/academics/academicaffairs/academicintegritypolicy.htm.
ADA Statement: Students who feel that they may need accommodation because of a disability should make an appointment with the College Access Center at 706.802.5003 to coordinate reasonable accommodations. Students are also welcome to contact the instructor privately to discuss specific needs.
Readings and Assignments: The assigned readings are an integral part of the course, and should be completed in preparation for the class date on which they are listed. During the semester, you will read extensively, write about what you have read, and do research on aspects of that reading. You will also increase your vocabulary by assimilating the theory and terminology we will use.

  • Essays written for other courses will not be accepted in this one.

  • I will often communicate with you via email about coursework, so you should check your Georgia Highlands email on a regular basis.

  • Assignments should be typed, with the body of the text double-spaced. A 12-point standard font should be used. The top of the first page should include the student’s name, class, date, and the name of the assignment. This information should be followed by the title of the paper—all formal papers require an assignment-specific title (“Paper 2” or “Research Paper” is not an effective title).

  • Due dates for assignments are listed on the syllabus and/or the course website. Late assignments will not be accepted except in extenuating circumstances and with sufficient prior approval from the instructor.

  • Emailed assignments are accepted on an assignment-by-assignment basis, under the particular guidelines of the professor. One aspect of those guidelines is the requirement that all emailed assignments include a clear subject line and body text that identifies the assignment; emailed assignments that do not include a subject and body text (however brief) will not be read.

Financial Aid Statement (“Earned F”): Federal regulations state that if a student did not attend classes and received failing grades, then the grades were not earned and financial aid must be reduced accordingly. Any student receiving a 0.00 GPA will be required to prove that the 0.00 GPA was earned by attending classes or completing requirements for each class. Students who have earned at least one passing grade for the semester will not be affected by this regulation. If a student has properly withdrawn from all classes, the student’s financial aid should be adjusted from the time the signed the withdrawal form.
Coursework—Assignments and Evaluation:

Grades for this course will be weighted as follows:

Six Response Papers 50%

Research Paper 20%

Mid-term Exam 10%

Final Exam 10%

Participation and In-Class Assignments 10%

This grade includes quizzes, class participation, responses to written prompts,

and written and oral feedback to the work of others.
Syllabus Agreement and Addendum: By continuing to remain enrolled in this course, you are acknowledging your understanding of and agreement with the above statements and with the syllabus in general. The instructor reserves the right to alter the dates, material covered, or format of any assignments after notifying students in advance.

8.19 - Introduction to course; review of course policies; introduction of class members; list of themes; written assignment on student familiarity with course texts (email)
8.24 – introduction to Homer and the Trojan War; Homer, The Odyssey, Book V (278-89)

8.26 – Homer, The Odyssey, Book IX (319-32)
8.31 – Homer, The Odyssey, Book X (332-47)

9.2 - Homer, The Odyssey, Book XI (347-63)
9.7 – Homer, The Odyssey, Book XII

9.9 – Homer, The Odyssey, Book XXI
9.14/16 – Film: O Brother, Where Art Thou?
9.21 -- Homer, The Odyssey, Book XXII lines 1-89 (494-7) and 408-520 (504-7); Book XXIII lines 1-244 (507-13)

9.23 – Dante, Inferno Introduction and Cantos I-II (1826-42)
9.28 – Dante, Inferno Cantos III-V (1842-52)

9.30 – Dante, Inferno Cantos VI-VIII (1852-60)
10.5 – Dante, Inferno Cantos IX-XII (1860-72)

10.7 – Dante, Inferno Cantos XIII (1872-76), XVIII (1888-91), and XXVI (1913-6)
The midterm date for this course is Tuesday, October 12.
10.12 – Dante, Inferno Cantos XXXI-XXXIV (1929-42)

10.14 Mid-Term Exam
10.19/21 Shakespeare, Henry V
10.26 – Cervantes, Don Quixote Introduction (2671-2674) and Chapters 1-3 (2680-92)

10.28 – Cervantes, Don Quixote Chapters 4-7 and first part of Chapter 8 (2692-2704)
11.2 – Cervantes, Don Quixote Chapters 18, 22, 52 (2714-31)

11.4 – Cervantes, Don Quixote Part II, Chapters 3, 12, 14 (2734-9, 2740-4, 2749-56)
11.9 – Cervantes, Don Quixote Part II, Chapters 15, 17, 64, 65 (2757-8, 2765-75)

11.11 – Cervantes, Don Quixote Part II, Chapters 73 and 74 (2775-83)
11.16 – Shakespeare, Hamlet Act I

11.18 – Shakespeare, Hamlet Act II
11.23 – Shakespeare, Hamlet Act III; Research Paper Due

11.25 Thanksgiving Holiday – No Class
11.30 – Shakespeare, Hamlet Act IV

12.2 – Shakespeare, Hamlet Act V
Final Exam: TBA

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