Books to buy:
Corneille, Molière, Racine: Four French Plays (paper)
Césaire: A Tempest (paper)
TCG Translations (2002)
Other readings are either on public websites (linked below) or are downloadable (in Canvas) as .pdf files.
Wed 21 Aug: introductions and opening lecture: France
Mon 26 Aug: lecture: the medieval period
Wed 28 Aug: notecard/discussion: Chrétien de Troyes, excerpt from Perceval, c.1180s (.pdf on Canvas)
Mon 2 Sept: LABOR DAY
Wed 4 Sept: notecard/discussion: Marie de France, Bisclavret, c.1180s (.pdf on Canvas)
Mon 9 Sept: lecture: the early-modern period
Wed 11 Sept: notecard/discussion: Rabelais, excerpt from Gargantua & Pantagruel, first book, chapters 1.I-1.VIII, 1532
Mon 16 Sept: notecard/discussion: Montaigne, "Of Cannibals", c.1580
Wed 18 Sept: notecard/discussion: Racine, Andromache, 1667 (or textbook)
Mon 23 Sept: notecard/discussion: Molière, The Misanthrope, 1666 (or textbook)
Wed 25 Sept: notecard/discussion: Racine, Phaedra, 1677 (or textbook)
Mon 30 Sept: notecard/discussion: Voltaire, Micromégas, 1752
Wed 2 Oct: FIRST MIDTERM EXAM
Fri 4 Oct: EXTRA CREDIT: Hermanns Lectures, 10am-12noon & 1-3pm, 6th Floor UTA Central Library
Mon 7 Oct: lecture: Revolution (1789) through the early 19th century
Wed 9 Oct: notecard/discussion: Balzac, Sarrasine, 1830
Mon 14 Oct: lecture: mid-19th century through 1913
Wed 16 Oct: notecard/discussion: Flaubert, Madame Bovary, Part I, 1856
Mon 21 Oct: notecard/discussion: Flaubert, Madame Bovary, Part II, 1856
Wed 23 Oct: NO CLASS MEETING
Mon 28 Oct: notecard/discussion: Flaubert, Madame Bovary, Part III, 1856
Wed 30 Oct: EXTRA CREDIT: Shaun Hamill, 12noon-1pm, 100 Nedderman Hall. notecard/discussion: Maupassant, "The Avenger", 1883
Mon 4 Nov: lecture: WWI and Les Années folles (1914-1929)
Wed 6 Nov: notecard/discussion: Proust, excerpt from Swann's Way, 1913 (.pdf on Canvas)
Mon 11 Nov: lecture: 1930-68
Wed 13 Nov: notecard/discussion: Césaire, A Tempest, 1969 (textbook)
Mon 18 Nov: lecture: 1968-present
Wed 20 Nov: notecard/discussion: Bialot, Saint-Martin Station is Closed to the Public, 2004 (.pdf on Canvas)
Mon 25 Nov: second midterm exam
Wed 27 Nov: THANKSGIVING
Mon 2 Dec: notecard/discussion: nDiaye, Papa's Got to Eat, 2003 (.pdf on Canvas)
Wed 4 Dec: NO CLASS MEETING (possible make-up "weather day")
syllabus: The effective version of the syllabus is always at http://www.uta.edu/english/tim/courses/3333f19/3333mainf19.html. If you are looking at a print or .pdf version, please make sure to consult the online version for updates.
notecards: Read the listed assignment before class. In class, for the first 10-12 minutes, you will write a on a 5x8 notecard, closed-book, no notes or devices. On the front of the card, summarize the reading for that day. On the back, write a critical question for class discussion. Critical questions should not be about mere details, though they can proceed from details. Try to ask big-picture questions that address things you find unusual about a reading. How is the reading different from other texts you've read? How does it represent a culture different from those you've encountered? How does it represent a historical difference from the present, or from its own past? (In specific terms, of course.) Our aim is to develop a specific historical sense of each of the texts we encounter.
exams: the two midterm exams (9 Oct. and 25 Nov.) will be short-answer (phrase- to paragraph-length) papers, and also may include timelines, blank maps, and other exercises. They will evaluate your recall of the course material. Both will be "comprehensive" in the sense that they'll cover everything we've studied to that point in the semester. They may draw from readings and lectures, and may cover geography, art, music, and architecture – anything we touch in in class – as well as literature.
The midterm exams will have a "safety-net" feature. If you do better on the second midterm than the first, your first-midterm grade will be raised retroactively to match the percentage (rounded down to the nearest tenth) that you scored on the second midterm. If you do better on the first midterm, though, your first-midterm grade will not be lowered. EXAMPLE: You make 8 points (out of 10) on the first midterm. You make 28 (out of 30) on the second. Rounded down to the nearest tenth, 28/30 is 90%. Your first-midterm grade is raised to 9 retroactively. The intention is to allow the first midterm to serve as a sort of diagnostic, and for you still to be able to raise your grade if the diagnostic didn't augur well.
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Academic Integrity: Students enrolled all UT Arlington courses are expected to adhere to the UT Arlington Honor Code:
I pledge, on my honor, to uphold UT Arlington's tradition of academic integrity, a tradition that values hard work and honest effort in the pursuit of academic excellence. I promise that I will submit only work that I personally create or contribute to group collaborations, and I will appropriately reference any work from other sources. I will follow the highest standards of integrity and uphold the spirit of the Honor Code.
UT Arlington faculty members may employ the Honor Code in their courses by having students acknowledge the honor code as part of an examination or requiring students to incorporate the honor code into any work submitted. Per UT System Regents' Rule 50101, §2.2, suspected violations of university's standards for academic integrity (including the Honor Code) will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. Violators will be disciplined in accordance with University policy, which may result in the student's suspension or expulsion from the University. Additional information is available at https://www.uta.edu/conduct/. Faculty are encouraged to discuss plagiarism and share the following library tutorials http://libguides.uta.edu/copyright/plagiarism and http://library.uta.edu/plagiarism/
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