World Literature--The Ancient World
English 107, 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Julie Brown firstname.lastname@example.org
Class Meets: MWF 9-10, T306
Instructor’s Office: T315 B
Office Hours: MWF 11-12, T Th 9:30-10:30
Description: This quarter we will read a sampling of the literature written in the Ancient World, beginning with the earliest written epic, Gilgamesh (2500 BC). We will follow the development of western literature as it develops in ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, and the barbarian outpost of England. We will read a wide variety of texts: excerpts from The Old and New Testaments, Greek Epics (Iliad and Odyssey), Greek Drama (Lysistrata), and lyrical poetry (Sappho and Catullus).
Emphasis will be on reading the works, discussing them, and trying to analyze possible meanings. Because the written word was changing so much during this time period, we will also examine the history of writing alphabetically as well. There will be several short quizzes, a midterm exam, and a final exam. Because the heart of this course is the lively discussion of literature, your attendance, preparation, and participation are very important. You will work on one short individual research project (on an aspect of ancient culture) and a group project (on one literature text) as well.
Norton Anthology of Western Literature, 8th Ed. Vol. 1
Many additional handouts
Objectives: Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to
1) read and understand a literary text
2) articulate the meaning of a text in group discussion
3) analyze the meaning of a text in writing
4) increase your reading pleasure
5) use the language and process of literary criticism
6) understand the early period of World Literary History (Gilgamesh through New Testament)
7) understand the context of ancient culture (including history, geography, art, music, religion, politics) and how it helps deepen our understanding of World Literature
Assignments and Grading:
10 pts. Individual project
15 pts. Group project
25 pts. (or more) Quizzes (some announced, some impromptu)
25 pts. Midterm
25 pts. Final
90-100% A, 80-89% B, 70-79% C, 60-69% D, 0-59% F
Course Policies: I do not have an attendance policy for this class. I strongly urge you to come every day, however, so your participation grade is not penalized. No makeups on quizzes, exams, or in-class projects unless you have a real emergency and make arrangements with me ahead of time. Otherwise, if you are absent you will receive a 0 for that assignment. I do not accept late work—assignments that come in after the due date will receive 60% of possible credit. If you have a real emergency (such as death in family), talk to me before the due date to possibly make other arrangements.
As a courtesy to your fellow students and your teacher, please turn off cell phones and please do not text in class.