|English 218 - 01
Term: Summer 2000
Meeting Time: 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Room: Bliss 114
Prof. G. Steinberg
Office: Bliss 216
Office Phone: 771-2106
Office Hours: by appointment
A broad consideration of world nineteenth and twentieth century fiction,
plays, and poetry by writers such as Flaubert, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Ibsen,
Kafka, Dinesen, Paton, Colette, Duras, Sourraute, Fuentes, Garcia Marquez,
Atwood, Mishima, Ginsburg, Kincaid, Soyinka, Naipaul, Stead, Coetzee.
GOALS. As my goals in this course, I want you
REQUIREMENTS. This course consists of the following graded assignments:
As a result, you may pick and choose the participation assignments that you want to do, or you may do all of them and get essentially 20 extra-credit points.A = 930-1020 total points for the semester,
A- = 900-929 total points for the semester,
B+ = 870-899 total points for the semester,
B = 830-869 total points for the semester,
B- = 800-829 total points for the semester,
C+ = 770-799 total points for the semester,
C = 730-769 total points for the semester,
C- = 700-729 total points for the semester,
D = 600-699 total points for the semester, and
F = 0-600 total points for the semester.
attendance is a virtual necessity for successful completion of the exams
and papers in this class. Class exercises and discussion constitute
important, useful preparation for the course's graded assignments.
If you miss a class, you will essentially lose out on that day's contribution
to your preparation, since it is never really possible to reproduce or
recapture the dynamics and flow of information for a missed class meeting
(even if you get notes from someone). If, however, you positively
must miss a class, I will expect you to find out what you missed and to
come fully prepared -- without excuses -- to the next class meeting.
In addition, any participation assignment due the day you are absent cannot
be submitted late for credit.
My office is Bliss 216. My office hours this summer will be by appointment.
Please, feel free as needed to call my office (771-2106) or talk to me
before or after class to arrange an appointment to see me. You may also
contact me by e-mail (email@example.com),
or you may leave a message for me in my box at the English department offices
in Bliss 124.
ELECTRONIC RESOURCES. An e-mail discussion list has been created for this course. To subscribe, send the message, "subscribe LIT-L your name" from your own personal e-mail account to listproc@list.TCNJ.EDU. Be sure to send the subscription message from your own personal e-mail address (e.g., "firstname.lastname@example.org" or "email@example.com") -- not from one of the generic e-mail accounts on campus (such as "firstname.lastname@example.org"). After you have subscribed to the list, you may circulate messages to all members of the list simply by sending what you want to circulate to LIT-L@list.TCNJ.EDU (although, again, you must be sure to send the message from your own personal e-mail address). NOTE: You can access your personal TCNJ e-mail account from the web anywhere -- including in the computer labs on campus -- just by going to https://secure-web.tcnj.edu/imp/index.php3.
PARTICIPATION ASSIGNMENT I -- E-MAILS TO THE LIST. You may want to subscribe to the e-mail discussion list as soon as possible, because one of your participation assignments is to e-mail the list with your thoughts on the readings for class. As often as you like, up to a total of 30 points, you can receive 2 points for each relevant e-mail you send to the list. The following kinds of e-mails will qualify for these points:
I ask you to type your response papers (so that they are easier for
me to read), but they need not be a perfect, polished product. Rather,
response papers should be just what their name says -- a response. Think
about the question that I ask you to consider; then, write a response.
Don't worry about typos or comma splices or even organization. Just
be as specific as you can and get down as much as you can as quickly as
you can. Treat response papers more as a journal entry than as a
formal paper. I don't want a thesis or five-paragraph theme.
Rather, I want an exploration of the question I have posed -- as detailed
and concrete as possible. As long as you submit a response paper
of suitable length (around 2 pages), detail, and thoughtfulness (and as
long as you turn it in on time in the class assigned), you will receive
all the points that the assignment is worth. Grammar, punctuation,
spelling, and organization have no effect on the number of points you receive.
(NOTE: If you choose not to submit a response paper for a
particular day, you should still come to class prepared to discuss the
question assigned for the response paper, since we will focus on that question
in our discussion of the reading assignment.)
(This schedule is subject to revision at the discretion of the professor.
All page numbers are from The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces,
7th edition, volume 2.)
|M May 22||Introductions; Pope, Essay on Man (pp. 309-315)|
|T May 23||Bécquer, Bunina, de Castro, Heine, Hölderlin, Hugo, de
Lamartine, Leopardi, and Novalis (pp. 610-637); Goethe, Faust, pp.
RESPONSE PAPER: Choose one poem from pp. 610-637. How does the poem you've chosen differ from Pope's Essay on Man in its treatment of nature or in its conceptualization of human beings?
|W May 24||Goethe, Faust, pp. 493-540; Pushkin, The Queen of Spades
RESPONSE PAPER: How does yesterday's reading assignment from Faust prepare us (or not prepare us) for what happens in today's reading assignment from the play?
|R May 25||Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground (pp. 1069-1141)|
|M May 29||NO CLASS (Memorial Day)
PAPER 1 DUE
|T May 30||Flaubert, Madame Bovary, pp. 850-923|
|W May 31||Flaubert, Madame Bovary, pp. 923-989
RESPONSE PAPER: What are we to make of Emma?
|R June 1||Flaubert, Madame Bovary, pp. 989-1063
RESPONSE PAPER: What are we to make of Emma?
|M June 5||Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilyich (pp. 1184-1222); Chekhov,
Cherry Orchard (pp. 1298-1333)
RESPONSE PAPER: What is wrong with Ivan Ilyich?
|T June 6||Baudelaire,
The Flowers of Evil (pp. 1145-1157); Mallarmé
(pp. 1162-1166); Verlaine (pp. 1169-1172); Ibsen, Hedda Gabler (pp.
RESPONSE PAPER: Compare and contrast Hedda Gabler with either Faust or Madame Bovary. How is Ibsen's play like or unlike the other work?
|W June 7||MID-TERM EXAM|
|R June 8||Pirandello, Six Characters in Search of an Author (pp. 1432-1473);
Kafka, Metamorphosis (pp. 1640-1672)
RESPONSE PAPER: Kafka's Metamorphosis is an absurd story. People just don't turn into cockroaches. Why, then, is the story so popular? What does it say to or about 20th-century people?
|M June 12||Mann, Death in Venice (pp. 1514-1564); Rilke (pp. 1568-1570);
Akhmatova (pp. 1702-1709); Tzara, Schwitters, Eluard, Breton, Césaire,
and Mansour (pp. 1712-1720)
RESPONSE PAPER: Mann is often characterized as being somewhat conservative in his literary ideas -- a throwback to Romanticism. Do you agree? What in Mann seems particularly Romantic and/or what seems to have more in common with post-Romantic literature?
|T June 13||Brecht, The Good Woman of Setzuan (pp. 1804-1858); Camus, "The
Guest" (pp. 1872-1880)
RESPONSE PAPER: Compare Brecht's play to Goethe's. How are the two plays alike and/or different in outlook and technique?
|W June 14||Beckett, Endgame (pp. 1918-1947); Solzhenitsyn, Matryona's
Home (pp. 1974-2000)
RESPONSE PAPER: These two readings seem so different from one another, and yet they were first published/performed just 6 years apart (in 1957 and 1963, respectively). What, if anything, do they share in common?
|R June 15||Borges, "The Garden of Forking Paths" (pp. 1908-1914); Robbe-Grillet,
"The Secret Room" (pp. 2033-2036); Bachmann, "The Barking" (pp. 2040-2050);
García Marquez, "Death Constant Beyond Love" (pp. 2055-2060)
RESPONSE PAPER: All these writers considered themselves to be significantly influenced by Kafka. Choose one of the stories assigned. How are the ideas or techniques of Kafka's Metamorphosis reflected in the story you've chosen?
|M June 19||Munro, "Walker Brothers Cowboy" (pp. 2155-2165); Mahfouz, "Zaabalawi"
(pp. 1963-1970); Borowski, "Ladies and Gentlemen, to the Gas Chamber" (pp.
PAPER 2 DUE
|T June 20||Achebe, Things Fall Apart, pp. 2065-2120|
|W June 21||Achebe, Things Fall Apart, pp. 2120-2153
RESPONSE PAPER: Read William Butler Yeats's "Second Coming" (p. 1420). What does Yeats's poem have to do with Achebe's novel? Why did Achebe choose a phrase from the poem for his title?
|R June 22||FINAL EXAM|