Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Language Arts Division
ENGL 47AWORLD LITERATURE ISummer 2014
Five hours lecture.5 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 60 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 
 Lecture Hours: 5 Lab Hours: Lecture/Lab:
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade Only
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AA Degree
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: BothValidation: 10/22/13

1. Description -
A comparative study of selected works, in translation and in English, of literature from around the world, including Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and other areas, from antiquity through the seventeenth century. A cross-cultural examination of global literatures within broader historical, cultural, political, and social frameworks, including the contexts of class, race and ethnicity, gender, religion, and aesthetics.
Prerequisite: One of the following: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T or ESLL 26.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate familiarity with significant authors, works, genres, and themes of this period from a cross-section of global cultures.
  2. Evaluate, compare, and interpret major literary works of this period from a variety of cultures.
  3. Define common literary terms and apply these to analysis of texts.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of common critical theoretical concepts and apply these to textual analysis.
  5. Interpret literary works within relevant racial, ethnic, gender, class, aesthetic, historical, and cultural contexts.
  6. Compose formal literary analysis essays demonstrating appropriate academic language and scholarly rigor.
  7. Demonstrate appropriate formatting and documentation.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. When taught on campus, no special facility or equipment needed.
  2. When taught via Foothill Global Access, ongoing access to computer with email software and capabilities and current internet browser, email address.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Familiarity with significant authors, works, genres, and themes
    1. Literary texts from a global cross-section not limited to Western civilization
    2. Genres and themes specific to those cultures from antiquity to the seventeenth century
    3. Oral traditions
    4. Pictographs and cave paintings
    5. The "invention" of writing and earliest written texts
  2. Evaluate, compare and interpret major world literary works
    1. Denotative and connotative meaning of words and statements
    2. Structure or development of events, emotions, images, and ideas
    3. Figurative and symbolic language in relation to central theme(s) of the work
    4. Artistic synthesis of literal and figurative details with theme(s)
    5. Recognition of issues pertaining to reading works in translation
  3. Literary terms
    1. Poetic structures (e.g., alliterative verse, haiku, sonnet)
    2. Symbolic language (e.g., kenning, synecdoche)
    3. Narrative devices (e.g., unreliable narrator)
    4. Structural devices (e.g., epigraphs, paragraphing)
  4. Critical theoretical concepts
    1. Historical contexts
    2. Gender studies
    3. Queer theories
    4. Psychological theories (Freudian, Jungian)
    5. Marxian theories
    6. Ethnic and racial theories
    7. Postcolonial studies
  5. Racial, ethnic, gender, class, aesthetic, historical, and cultural contexts
    1. Representations of diverse global cultures, not limited to Western civilization
    2. Issues of gender and sexuality
    3. Socioeconomic diversity
    4. Aesthetic movements as contexts for the text
    5. Historical and cultural influences upon texts, e.g. the invention of the printing press
  6. Formal literary analysis essays
    1. Development and delivery of a clear literary analysis thesis
    2. Effective use of textual evidence
    3. Comparisons among texts
    4. Stylistic conventions of literary analysis
    5. Attention to scholarly language
  7. Formatting and documentation
    1. Modern Language Association (MLA)
    2. American Psychological Association (APA)
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
 
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Quizzes
  2. Participation in class discussion
  3. In-class essays and tests
  4. Formal essays
  5. Oral presentations, reading journals, response papers
7. Representative Text(s) -
Sample Anthologies:
Damrosch, David et al. The Longman Anthology of World Literature. 2nd. ed. Volumes A, B, and C. London: Longman, 2008.
Davis, Paul et al. The Bedford Anthology of World Literature. 1st ed. Volumes 1, 2, and 3. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2010.
D'haen, Theo, Cesar Dominguez, and Mads Rosendahl Thomsen. World Literature: A Reader. London: Routledge, 2012.
Puchner, Martin et al. The Norton Anthology of World Literature. 3rd ed. Volumes A, B, C. New York: Norton, 2012.

Sample Single Author Texts:
Alighieri, Dante. Inferno. Benton Classics, 2013.
Basho, Mitsuo. The Complete Haiku. Trans. Jane Reichhold. Kodansha USA, 2008.
Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Canterbury Tales. Trans. David Wright. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2008.
Ch'eng-en, Wu. Monkey: A Folk Tale of China. Trans. Arthur Waley. New York: Grove, 1970.
Guanzhong, Luo. Three Kingdoms. U of California P, 1999.
Gilgamesh. Trans. Stephen Mitchell. Atria Books, 2006.
Heller-Roazen, Daniel. The Arabian Nights. Trans. Hussein Haddawy. Norton Critical Edition. New York: Norton, 2009.
Kebra Nagast (The Glory of Kings). Trans. Miguel F. Brooks. LMH Publishing, 2001.
The Holy Bible. King James Version. Various publishers.
Homer. The Odyssey. Trans. Robert Fagles. New York. Penguin Books, 1996.
Malory, Sir Thomas. Le Morte D'Arthur. Volume 1. Ed. Janet Cowen. New York: Penguin Classics, 1970. 1485.
Shikibu, Murasaki. The Tale of Genji. Trans. Royall Tyler. New York: Penguin, 2001.
Ovid's Metamorphoses. Trans. Arthur Golding. Ed. Madeleine Forey. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.
The Poetry of Petrarch. Trans. David Young. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005.
Popul Vuh. The Sacred Book of the Maya. Trans. Allen J. Christenson. Norman: U of Oklahoma P, 2007.
Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. Norton Critical Edition. New York: Norton, 1992.
St. Augustine. Confessions. Trans. Henry Chadwick. New York: Oxford, 1998.
The Qur'an. Oxford World's Classics. Trans. M.A.S. Abdel Haleem. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2008.
The Upanishads. Trans. Swami Paramananda. U.S.: Renaissance Classics, 2012.
Virgil. The Aeneid. Ed. Bernard Knox. Trans. Robert Fagles. New York: Penguin Classics, 2010.

Sample Manuals:
Gardner, Janet E. Reading and Writing about Literature: a Portable Guide. 3rd ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2013.
Griffith, Kelley. Writing Essays about Literature. 9th ed. Boston: Cengage, 2013.

8. Disciplines -
English
 
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Reading texts in the world literary canon
  2. Lectures on the texts and their historical, social, and theoretical contexts
  3. Class discussion regarding those issues and texts
  4. Small group projects and presentations
  5. Analytical writing projects.
 
10. Lab Content -
Not applicable.
 
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
 
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading and analyzing literary texts
  2. Formal essays
  3. Informal writing projects such as journal entries, reader responses
  4. In-class examinations
  5. Class participation, student presentations
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the AA degree in English.


Course status: Active
Last updated: 2014-03-21 19:44:35


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