English 421B/521B:
World Literature II: Since 1650

Crucial Info for Fall 2019:

Supervisor: Dr. Loren R. Schmidt

Course Facilitator (your primary instructor/grader): Carlos Mendez

Prof. Mendez's Telephone: (509) 877-7517

Prof. Mendez's E-Mail: Mendez_C@heritage.edu

Dr. Schmidt's Telephone: (509) 865-8542 or Ext. 2112 (Work), (509) 307-0104 (Cell), (509) 574-8486 (Home)

Dr. Schmidt's E-Mail: schmidt_l@heritage.edu or loren@llschmidt.net

Dr. Schmidt's Office: 2112 Simkins, Heritage University, 3240 Fort Rd., Toppenish, WA 98948

Mendez Virtual Office Hours on Elluminate: Th 630-8 pm PDT/PST or by appointment

Schmidt Virtual Office Hours on Elluminate: W 6-8 pm PDT/PST or F 130-300 pm PDT/PST or by appointment

Schmidt Physical Office Hours (available by phone): F 130-300 pm PDT or TBA or by appointment

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Text: Martin Puchner, et al, ed., The Norton Anthology of World Literature, 4th ed. (NY: Norton, 2018). This is the version with three separate volumes (D, E, and F) to make handling/reading easier. If you have the 3rd ed., Dr. Schmidt will work it out with you.

Course Description and Objectives:

The course design assumes that students may work independently at their own pace through the material. Each section of the text has Forum questions or other assignments linked to it. Some assignments have mini-lectures or recorded material attached to them; others just revolve around the text. As you proceed further in the course, you will be asked to write both a response to other critics' analysis and criticism of your own and will have the chance to teach one reading to your fellow students. Online sessions will be held weekly where you may discuss the material, ask questions, or share your written work with others. These online sessions will be recorded so that students who cannot attend synchronously will still be able to pose questions, have them answered, and share with others. Arrangements can be made to record your presentations as well.

English 421B/521B may be taken as (a) a follow-up to English 421A/521A (World Literature I: Origins to 1650, (b) an alternative to Eng 200 (Introduction to Ethnic Literature) for the GUCR or departmental requirements, or (c) an advanced literature course to meet the major requirements. English 421B/521B operates on the premise that literature is worth the trouble of a close examination. Careful study of the literary products of a culture will repay you by teaching you not only about that culture but also about yourself. In this course, we will examine some of the greatest novels, short stories, poems, and plays written since 1650 CE. In order to understand these texts and see why so many people regard them as important, we will attempt not only to analyze the works themselves in detail but also to set them in the context of their writers' times, lives, and cultures.

Given the assumptions stated above, students may expect that they will be called on to read extensively, to discuss those readings in class, and to write regularly concerning the readings and discussions. All of these elements will be factored into the course evaluation system.

In general, the course has these objectives for students to pursue:

(1) Become familiar with some of the great works of world literature and their authors
(2) Gain insights into other cultures through their literature
(3) Explore some of the methods for analyzing literature
(4) Improve analytic writing skills both in and out of class
(5) Review research and documentation skills
(6) Practice presentation/teaching skills

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