World Lit II - Class Notes for January 10, 2012

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World Lit II - Class Notes for January 10, 2012

  1. 1. World Literature II Renaissance to the Present Dr. Michael Broder University of South Carolina January 10, 2012
  2. 2. Daily Write <ul><li>What do you already know about world literature from the Renaissance to the present, and what would you like to know? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Course Description <ul><li>European masterpieces from the Renaissance to the present. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why study world literature? <ul><li>Pleasure/enjoyable </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge/interesting/useful </li></ul><ul><ul><li>History </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Society </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Culture </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Remember: learning is not only cognitive but also affective </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cognitive learning = knowledge, intellectual skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Affective learning = feelings and attitudes </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Course Objectives <ul><li>By the end of this course, students should be able to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify major authors and texts from the Renaissance to the present </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explain how literary texts relate to their social, cultural, and historical contexts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apply factual and conceptual knowledge to the analysis of literary texts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assess how knowledge of European literature is valuable in your own life </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Methods of Assessment <ul><li>Your achievement of course objectives will be assessed in the following ways </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Daily Writes 20% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Midterm exam 20% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Final exam 20% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Papers (2) 40% </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Words: World <ul><li>Of course, the world includes more than the continent of Europe </li></ul><ul><li>For whatever reason, the topic of this course is defined as “European masterpieces” </li></ul><ul><li>We will therefore read major works of European literature, but be aware that “Europe” ≠ “the world” </li></ul>
  8. 8. Words: Literature <ul><li>Latin litteratura , writing, grammar, learning </li></ul><ul><li>Latin litteratus , learned, educated, scholarly </li></ul><ul><li>Latin litterae , a letter, written texts in general </li></ul>
  9. 9. Words: Renaissance <ul><li>Cultural movement in Europe from about 1300 to about 1700 </li></ul><ul><li>Began first in Italy and later spread to the rest of Europe </li></ul><ul><li>From the Italian word Rinascimento , “rebirth” </li></ul><ul><li>Rebirth of “classical learning,” meaning knowledge of Latin and Greek and the history and culture of Greco-Roman civilization </li></ul>
  10. 10. Authors and Texts <ul><li>Giovanni Boccaccio (Italian, 1313-1375), The Decameron </li></ul><ul><li>François Rabelais (French, 1494-1553), Gargantua and Pantagruel </li></ul><ul><li>William Shakespeare (British, 1564-1616), Othello </li></ul><ul><li>Molière (French, 1622-1673), Tartuffe </li></ul><ul><li>Denis Diderot (French, 1713-1784), Jacques The Fatalist </li></ul><ul><li>Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (German, 1749-1832), The Sorrows Of Young Werther </li></ul><ul><li>Fyodor Dostoevsky (Russian, 1821-1881), Notes From Underground </li></ul><ul><li>Virginia Woolf (British, 1882-1941, Mrs. Dalloway </li></ul><ul><li>Wis ł awa Szymborska (Polish, b. 1923), Miracle Fair </li></ul><ul><li>Tomas Tranströmer (Swedish, b. 1931), Half-finished Heaven </li></ul>
  11. 11. For Next Class <ul><li>Boccaccio, Decameron </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Author’s Preface and Introduction, pp. 3-24 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Day 1, Story 4, pp. 45-49 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Day 2, Story 5, pp. 99-113 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Day 3, Story 1, pp. 193-200 </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. For Next Tuesday <ul><li>Boccaccio, Decameron </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Day 4, Story 4, pp. 303-313 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Day 5, Story 10, pp. 432-440 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Day 6, Story 7, pp. 462-465 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Day 7, Story 2, pp. 492-497 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Day 8, Story 8, pp. 614-619 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Day 9, Story 2, pp. 659-662 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Day 10, Story 6, pp. 729-734 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Author’s Conclusion, pp. 802-807 </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Daily Write <ul><li>What point do you remember most clearly from today’s lecture or think was most important, and why? </li></ul>
  14. 14. World Literature II Renaissance to the Present Dr. Michael Broder University of South Carolina January 10, 2012

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