A study of representative / landmark
texts from the literatures of the world
as a dynamic interaction among:
In this introductory course to literature,
we will tackle the basic elements of
the different types of literary material
GOAL: develop the skills of
interpreting, uncovering, and
extracting meaning from encounters
This course requires out-of-class
reading and writing.
Discuss the cultural and historical
contexts and frameworks of the literary
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;
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
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.
Elements of Fiction and Non-fiction,
particularly the short story, poetry, drama,
the novel, and the personal essay
Theoretical issues and questions related
to historical, social, cultural, and
biographical approaches to the study of
Critical analysis and interpretation
Elements of fiction: a refresher
A selection of reading material
1 Play (optional)
Historical, social, cultural, and
biographical contexts in which these
writings were produced
To be announced / posted
I will assume at all times that assigned
readings have been read.
Class viewing of films will be scheduled.
Check the class page on Facebook
regularly, or keep notifications for this
on Class Participation
Reporting / presenting
Converting oxygen into carbon dioxide
– NO POINTS
Casting shadows in class – NO
20% Class Participation
Reporting / presenting
Sixty percent (60%) is required as a
passing mark for each requirement
and for the course.
• Attendance is mandatory.
• You are allowed a maximum of three (3)
excused/unexcused absences from
The Office of Academics shall
automatically drop you from the roll on
your seventh absence.
Three counts of tardiness = one absence.
Arriving 20 minutes past class time =
• 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.
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
• Work should be turned in on time.
Failure to comply will affect your grade.
• All assignments corollary to class
discussions, activities, and the like are due
at the beginning of class.
• Requirements shall be submitted in class
OR via email as instructed.
• Closing dates and times shall be strictly
Any requirements not submitted when due
need not be turned in. Deadlines are non-
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 and to contact the Office of
Academics (Mr. Eduardo Silva) as early as
possible in the term.
We will properly verify your disability and
determine reasonable accommodations for this
Autobiographical Essay: Who am I? What
significant events have contributed to what
I am today? (Also people, pursuits, etc.)
My Reading Life: What do I like to read?
What makes me want to read? Why?
Email by Friday, September 20, 2013