ENGL 3361-002 History of World Literature I Spring 2015

Tim Morris

0900-0950 MWF, 210 Preston Hall

Tim Morris office hours: 420 Carlisle Hall 1400-1520 weekdays

tmorris at uta dot edu

office mailbox 203 Carlisle Hall

mailing address Box 19035, UTA 76019

(all page numbers are from The Norton Anthology of Western Literature [Eighth Edition, Paperback], Volume 1)

Several days are open as reading days (there's a lot of reading for this course). But be alert that if ice or snow or other problems lead to UTA closing on a class day, we will use these open reading days for class activity as needed.

W 21 Jan: Syllabus, introductions, policies

F 23 Jan: lecture: history and languages

M 26 Jan: lecture: materials of literary history

W 28 Jan: NO CLASS MEETING (reading day)

F 30 Jan: lecture: the Greeks: culture and contexts

M 2 Feb: lecture: the Greeks: authors

W 4 Feb: Homer, from the Iliad (Books 22 & 24, 173-206)

F 6 Feb: Homer, from the Odyssey (Books 8-11, 287-344)

M 9 Feb: Euripides, Medea (690-720)

W 11 Feb: NO CLASS MEETING (reading day)

F 13 Feb: in-class paper 1 (classical Greek literature)

M 16 Feb: NO CLASS MEETING (reading day)

W 18 Feb: lecture: the Romans: culture and contexts

F 20 Feb: lecture: the Romans: authors

M 23 Feb: NO CLASS MEETING (ice day)

W 25 Feb: Lucretius (838-848)

F 27 Feb: Virgil, from the Aeneid (Book 2, and from Book 6, 952-974 & 995-1014)

M 2 March: Ovid, from the Metamorphoses (from Books 5, 9, & 10, 1041-1064)

W 4 March: in-class paper 2 (classical Latin epic)

F 6 March: NO CLASS MEETING (reading day)

M 16 March: lecture: the Tuscans: culture and contexts

W 18 March: lecture: the Tuscans: authors

F 20 March: from Dante, Inferno, Cantos 1-5 (1465-1481), Canto 10 (1493-1496), Canto 15 (1510-1513), Canto 26 (1546-1549)

M 23 March: Petrarch, Letter to Dionisio (1897-1903) & lyric poems (1903-1908)

W 25 March: Boccaccio, from the Decameron (1600-1624 and 1634-1641)

F 27 March: NO CLASS MEETING (reading day)

M 30 March: in-class paper 3 (the Italian Trecento)

W 1 Apr: NO CLASS MEETING (reading day)

F 3 Apr: lecture: some versions of narrative

M 6 Apr: Thorstein the Staff-Struck (1374-1380)

W 8 Apr: Lanval, by Marie de France (1318-1324)

F 10 Apr: Cervantes, from Don Quixote (2226-2260)

M 13 Apr: NO CLASS MEETING (reading day)

W 15 Apr: in-class paper 4 (narrative traditions)

F 17 Apr: NO CLASS MEETING (reading day)

M 20 Apr: NO CLASS MEETING (reading day)

W 22 Apr: lecture: the Western self

F 24 Apr: Catullus (922-926)

M 27 Apr: Augustine, from Confessions (1114-1141)

W 29 Apr: Montaigne, essays (2182-2217)

F 1 May: NO CLASS MEETING (reading day)

M 4 May: in-class paper 5 (Western versions of the self)


F 8 May: Return of paper #5, and review

W 13 May, 0800-1030: FINAL EXAM, (210 PH, our regular classroom)
In the blue book provided, write your own narrative literary history of the Western literature we've read together this semester. Choose a governing theme for your narrative: some interesting or striking concern, topic, literary technique, or other idea that occurs across all the periods we've studied. You need not refer to absolutely every text we've read, but papers that include a wide range of examples coherently, across all periods, will be strongest. You may not consult any books, notes, or other reference materials or media while you write.

required text: The Norton Anthology of Western Literature (Eighth Edition, Paperback), Volume 1 [ISBN 978-0-393-92572-2]. Note that a Ninth Edition is now in print, but we're using the Eighth, widely and cheaply available at the UTA Bookstore and other venues.

grading: There will be five in-class papers, as listed in the schedule below. There will also be a final exam. All papers will be handwritten in class. All papers will be closed-book. The first five will be on individual authors or texts; the final exam will be comprehensive. No makeup papers or exams will be given except for official UTA-excused absences.

The first five papers are "summary-contextualization" papers. Each will ask you to give a summary of a specific text or set of texts, in each case an assigned reading from the anthology. (For example, if asked to summarize a portion of the Odyssey, summarize the excerpt we read for class, not the entire epic.) Each paper will then ask you to provide contexts for that text (historical, cultural, literary-historical and other information introduced in class lectures).

The first five papers will simply be graded Yes or No. A Yes grade indicates that you've done both the summary and the contextualization adequately. Each Yes grade earns you a single point. You can never lose points once you've earned them.

The final exam will ask you to write a comprehensive literary history, based on all the materials we've studied. The final exam will be graded according to the standard A, B, C, D, F scale.

Your course grade will be determined by the following matrix. Read down along the left and find your in-class-paper points, across the top to find your final exam grade, and then find where the two lines cross (your course grade):

  A B C D F
5 A B C C D
4 B C D D F
3 D D F F F
≤ 2 F F F F F

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