(3 credit hours) NY 613106 Lecturer: Genci Shehu, M. A.
Office Hours: M,W, F 11:00 – 13:00
Phone: 04273056 ext. 114

E-mail: gencshehu@unyt.edu.al. Catalog Description

This course examines the basic concepts of a few genres and literary elements such as fable, symbol, and myth.

Prerequisite: Composition I

Course Purpose

This class aims at introducing students to the basic concepts of a few genres and literary elements such as fable, symbol, and myth. We will study them historically to see how they came into being and how they have developed from ancient times to our days. We will study their particular characteristics and their family resemblances. By reading and analyzing several works of poetry, fiction, and drama in detail students should be able to learn how to appreciate the artistic values of myth, symbol, and fable and in the process they will sharpen their own analytical and critical skills.

Required Text

Course pack
Sandars, N. K. (1968). The Epic of Gilgamesh .Harmmondsworth, UK: Penguin. Jackson, P. 2001. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. [Motion picture]. United States: New Line Cinema.

Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the basic concepts of myth, symbol, and fable
  2. Have developed artistic and aesthetic taste about works of literature
  3. Develop further their analytical skills and text awareness

4. EnhancetheirvocabularyoftheEnglishlanguage

Course Schedule

  1. Introduction to imaginative literature and genres
  2. Fables (fables by Aesop, W. Somerset Maugham, Chuang Tzu, Grimm)
  3. Symbol in fiction (short stories by J. Steinbeck, Sh. Jackson, W. Faulkner, E.


  4. Images (poems by E. Pound, T. Buson, T.S. Eliot, Th. Roethke, E. Bishop, A.

    Stevenson, J. Keats). First Test

  5. Symbol in poetry (poems by E. Dickinson, Th. Hardy, G. Herbert, J. Ciardi, R. Frost, Ch.

    Rossetti, W. Blake, R. Frost)

  6. Allegory (parables by Jesus of Nazareth, G. Herbert)
  7. Myth and narrative (poems by R. Frost, D. H. Lawrence, Th. Hardy, H. Doolittle, T.

    S. Eliot). Midterm exam

  8. Archetype and the collective unconscious (poems by L. Bogan, T. S. Eliot, E. A.

    Robinson, E. A. Poe, A. Tennyson)

  9. Personal myth (poems by W. B. Yeats, J. Dickey, D. Thiel, Ch. Martin, A. D. Hope,

    R. Frost, A. Sexton)

  10. Epic of Gilgamesh
  11. Epic of Gilgamesh

12. Iliad, Book I; Iron John
13. J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings 14. J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings 15. Final Exam

Course Requirements

Participation: Participation extends beyond mere attendance. Expect your instructor to keep track of how often you contribute to class discussion. You may miss up to three classes without penalty. The only exceptions to this rule are severe illness (doctor’s note required) and UNYT approved trips/activities. Appropriate documentation for absences beyond the first three is necessary the class day directly before or after the one you miss. In general: this class is intensive and interactive. Missing class could seriously affect your grade! Students are expected to collect materials from their classmates or see the instructor during consultation hours.

Exams: Two examinations and one test will be taken. The first test will serve for checking students’ progress after the first few hours. The midterm exam will cover half the program of the semester, including materials covered at first test. While the final exam will concentrate on materials covered over the second half of the course but it will include up to 40 % of the materials covered by the midterm exam. The test and exam formats may combine a mixture of short answer, true/false,

matching, sort answer, and essay questions covering all readings, lectures, hand-outs and class discussion content.

Response Paper: Students will write one response paper on topics of their choice based on class readings. The aim of this is to elicit impressions, feelings, and ideas from the students after they have read and understood the literary pieces covered in class. The student writing a response paper will choose only one piece from the readings, sharpen their focus on one or two elements of that piece and respond to it. The assignments should be typewritten and double spaced on three to four pages using 1-inch margins and 11 or 12 point type. More specific and extensive guidelines on writing a successful response will be provided by the instructor in due time.

Research Report: Students will pair up to do research on one topic they confirm in class with the lecturer. Topics for research reports will be selected by the students in keeping with their personal interest and based on class readings and themes. Each pair of students will prepare the report together and present it together before the class orally. Students’ research is expected to further illuminate our study of this class’ readings as well as contribute to everyone’s better understanding of the times and people being studied. More specific and extensive guidelines on doing research and presenting a successful oral report will be provided by the instructor in due time.

General Requirements

Deadlines are critical. Therefore, late assignments and absence from tests will not be tolerated. In the event of illness or emergency, contact your instructor IN ADVANCE to determine whether special arrangements are possible. The University’s rules on academic dishonesty (e.g. cheating, plagiarism, submitting false information) will be strictly enforced. Please familiarize yourself with the STUDENT HONOUR CODE, or ask your instructor for clarification.

Criteria for Determination of Grade

Grading Scale



Response Paper


Research Report

15 %

First Test






Letter Grade

Percent (%)

Generally Accepted Meaning



Outstanding work





Good work, distinctly above average







Acceptable work







Work that is significantly below average







Work that does not meet minimum standards for passing the course

Bibliography (Additional Readings)

The Fables of Aesop. 2001. London: The Folio Society.
Hemingway, Ernest. (1987). The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway. New York: Scribner.
Ferguson, M. (Ed.). 1996. The Norton Anthology of Poetry. W. W. Norton &

Bausch, R. (Ed.). 2000. The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. W. W. Norton & Company.
Graves, R. (Ed.). 1960. The Greek Myths. Pelican Books.

Technology Expectations

Use of computer programs: MS Word. Use of DVD player at home and in class. Use of computer audio and video programs.
Assignments are to be word-processed. Continuing and regular use of e-mail is expected.

22 June 2009

Genci Shehu, M.A.