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Introduction to Contemporary World Literature - first class meeting, Entrepreneurs School of Asia (formerly Thames International Business School)

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  • LIT240 Contemporary World Literature Cindy Cruz-Cabrera about.me/cindycruzcabrera | en.gravatar.com/cindycatz prof.cindycatz@gmail.com (for submission of requirements only) Facebook Group: Contemporary World Literature LIT240 T213
  • COURSE DESCRIPTION
  • A study of representative / landmark texts from the literatures of the world as a dynamic interaction among: • The individual • Society • Cultural forces
  • • In this class, we will examine the differing views in literary texts against your own perspectives within national and global contexts • GOAL: develop the skills of interpreting, uncovering, and extracting meaning from encounters and experiences. • This course requires substantial out-of- class reading and writing.
  • COURSE OBJECTIVES
  • • Discuss the cultural and historical contexts and frameworks of the literary texts; • Display an understanding and appreciation of fiction and its various conventions in the analysis of how the elements of fiction operate in the construction of meaning; • Explain the social, philosophical, spiritual, and aesthetic values expressed in literature;
  • • Critically evaluate the literary texts using modes of analysis and literary theories; and • Demonstrate a wider perspective on the literary arts and a deepened understanding of the diverse cultures that produce these works.
  • Impact of this course on your OTHER COURSES/ PROFESSION
  • • Critical reading and analysis is necessary in composition, whether academic, professional, or for personal enjoyment. • Proficiency gained in this class will enable you to – Enable you to tackle higher literature classes – develop your mental dexterity for ANALYZING and EVALUATING any kind of text from different academic disciplines, professional readings, and readings done for pleasure as well.
  • COURSE CONTENT
  • • Literary movements in Contemporary World Literature • Theoretical issues and questions related to historical, social, cultural, and biographical approaches to the study of literature • Critical analysis and interpretation • Elements of fiction: a refresher
  • • 4 Novels across the term • 1 Film • 1 Novel for the finals • Historical, social, cultural, and biographical contexts in which these novels were produced
  • COURSE OUTLINE
  • • Introduction to World Literature – The Elements of Fiction – Literary Theories – On Writing and Plagiarism • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel • The Good Earth by Pearl Buck • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman • Film: TBA • Novel for the Finals: TBA
  • GRADING
  • on Class Participation • Recitation • Group discussion • Reporting / presenting • If you “do nothing but convert Oxygen into Carbon Dioxide” – NO POINTS
  • • 20% Recitation • 20% Midterms • 20% Short Papers • 40% Finals • Sixty percent (60%) is required as a passing mark for each requirement and for the course.
  • COURSE REQUIREMENTS Facebook Linkedin Slideshare Professional email
  • CLASS MEETINGS
  • • Discussions –lectures, discussions, reports, activities, and presentations. • Work Sessions –composition, research, consultation, assessment and evaluation (teacher/group/peer). • Film Viewing
  • ATTENDANCE and CLASS WORK
  • • Attendance is mandatory. • You are allowed a maximum of six (6) absences from class. • The Office of Academics shall automatically drop you from the roll on your seventh absence. • 3 counts of tardiness = 1 absence. • Arriving 20 minutes late = absent.
  • • Any class work done on the day of one’s absence is automatically forfeited, regardless of whether the absence is excused or not. • Any questions you may have for me regarding attendance will be about your requirements only. • All other concerns (submission of certificates/letters/etc.) should be directed to Academics.
  • CLASS PARTICIPATION
  • • You are expected to participate consistently in class discussions. • The success of discussions depends to some extent on the work you do before stepping in the classroom. Make sure you come to class prepared. • Read the required texts carefully. Put a lot of thought and effort into your assigned work. • We do not need mere talk in class. What we need is talk that is interesting and insightful.
  • DEADLINES
  • • Work should be turned in on time. Failure to comply will affect your grade. • All assignments in hardcopy are due at the beginning of class. • All assignments in softcopy shall be submitted via email: prof.cindycatz@gmail.com • Closing dates and times shall be strictly observed. • Any requirements not submitted when due need not be turned in. • Deadlines are non-negotiable.
  • COURSEWORK FORMAT
  • Soft Copy / Printout • Standard white bond or copy paper (8 ½ by 11) • One-inch borders • Double-spaced • 12-point font Times New Roman / Arial • Black ink only (soft copy and print)
  • Handwritten • Intermediate Pad OR College Ruled Pad – white or yellow only • NO SCENT • One-inch borders • LEGIBLE script / print • Black or blue ink only
  • COURSEWORK FORMAT SHELDON COOPER LIT240 (section) Title of Requirement June 7, 2004
  • A NOTE ON PLAGIARISM • Plagiarism is cheating and is punishable by: • failure in a requirement • failure in a course • suspension and • expulsion.
  • CONSULTATION
  • • CONSULTATION takes place during Workshop Sessions. These will be announced. • Sign up for consultation on Facebook. • Please be ready to consult and deliver during your designated time. • You may consult briefly via email. Be sure to indicate the course title. • I never refuse ambush consultations, but, to ensure having your pertinent documents, grades etc. on hand, sign up for consultation.
  • Students with Disabilities • If you have (or suspect you have) a disability for which you are or may be requesting accommodation, you are encouraged to speak to me privately as early as possible in the term. • We will properly verify your disability and determine reasonable accommodations for this course.
  • REQUIRED READINGS
  • • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman • The Good Earth by Pearl Buck • Other corollary readings as assigned • I will assume at all times that assigned readings have been read.
  • WRITING TASK • Autobiographical Essay: Who am I? What significant events have contributed to what I am today? (Also people, pursuits, etc.) • Write the last part of your autobiographical essay as if it were 2018, and you are looking back on the last 5 years. What have you accomplished? Where are you in your life? • Email by Friday, June 7, 2013 12:00AM. prof.cindycatz@gmail.com