Instructor: Dr. Artur Jaupaj
Office Hours: Mo-Tu-Fri.10:00-12:00/WRITING CNETRE: Fri: 13:00-15:00
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Great Books is a grand tour of the major works of literature produced in the world and especially in the West from the earliest times to the present. Furthermore, the readings for this course constitute part of the necessary cultural background for students of literature and other majors alike. Thus, being a survey course with a very large scope, Great Books will not involve for the most part reading texts in full. It is hoped that students will be encouraged by experiencing a sampling of the characteristic passages and sections to read the full works on their own (perhaps during holidays and in years to come).
As a matter of fact, this course involves reading and discussion of literary works of all genres. As such, we will examine the historical and cultural context of their production, the literary movements and theories of which they are exemplary, the interconnections between their singularity and specificity as masterpieces of literary production. Even though the scope of the course is large, the reading amount will be no more than 100 pages per class time. It is imperative that students do the reading every time and come prepared to discuss. In addition, students are expected to explore the literary and cultural context through research of their own (on the internet and in the library)—research that will come in handy while preparing their presentations.
Class-work will consist of introductory lectures and discussions as well as textual analysis in the light of the era’s main characteristics. Students will also have an opportunity to try lecturing and leading the discussion on one occasion each.
The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces Vol. 2 (7th edition), available at our library and hand outs on weekly basis. Nevertheless, I would like to start with Homer’s The Iliad, Greek Mythology, and then move on with an exemplary text from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Romantic and Realistic period of the nineteenth century, the rise of Modernism in the first half of the twentieth century, before concluding with a postmodern work. However, before deciding on particular texts, I would like to familiarize with your literary preferences first.
Some tentative works could be:
2 Exams (Mid-term, final) 40% 1 Presentation 15% Personal Reports for each work 35% Participation/Attendance 10%
DESCRIPTION OF REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: at least, 1- 2 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12-font, in accordance with MLA or APA style. All sources should be properly quoted, paraphrased, cited, and included in a “Works Cited” page. Arguments should be complex and fully developed, involving addressing an issue, examining a problem or a theme, and presenting a coherent argument. Apart from all the above-mentioned requirements, the quality of grammar, vocabulary sophistication, as well as the level of proofing will be taken into account. Reports should involve independent and personal arguments. A report that is handed in late will automatically receive one letter grade lower. Reports submitted later than one week won’t be accepted at all. If there is some reason that you will not be able to make a specific deadline, this must be discussed with me prior to the due date of the paper. Plagiarism, or using someone else’s writing— verbatim or in paraphrase—and presenting it as yours, will result in automatic failure and your name and paper will be passed on to the dean of faculty for further considerations.
Presentation: The students will be required to address the reading for the day by drawing attention to significant points in the text, providing discussion topics from theoretical and critical texts, distributing relevant hand-outs prepared before class, leading class discussion, and generally undertaking to lead the class for part of the session. The student should have at least a couple of pages of coherent notes prepared before class in order to do an effective presentation. In addition, the student will hand in any material used for the presentation to the instructor to be considered for evaluation. Finally, your presentation will cover the following areas:
Participation/Attendance: Attendance in class is mandatory. Be here and be prepared to speak. More than three absences will result in failure of the course. Promptness to each class is also required. Students who are late for more that 10 minutes will be admitted but will have been marked absent.