Organizer: Li Changlei firstname.lastname@example.org
Classhours: 10: 10-11:40 AM. Tus. Office hours: by appointment via 7740 or 6276
I Major objectives of the course:
- To develop an appreciation for the humanistic and aesthetic values of literature;
- To develop an awareness of the influence of some masterpieces in world literature, especially in China, Great Britain and the U. S. A;
- To foster the ability to read literary works with understanding and insight;
- To develop the ability to think, speak, and write with insight and clarity.
II Expectations of students
1. To read assigned material carefully and critically
- To attend class, and to contribute significantly to class discussion
- To practice formal and informal written responses to literature through response paper, a research paper, and a final examination
Cell phones and other communications devices should be turned off while class is in session. Occasionally, in an emergency situation, you may be expecting a critical call. In such circumstances, inform me of the situation before class begins, and sit in a seat near the exit so you can excuse yourself unobtrusively when the call arrives.
III Course Requirements and Basis for Student Evaluation
A. Twice additional written or oral presentations (30 point; 15 points for each)
B. Class attendance and participation (20 points)
C. Research paper (50 points)
For the presentation, each student will sign up for two 15-minute presentations on different topics useful to your understanding of the texts under discussion on a particular day.
The research paper will be an independent project focusing on the novel you like best. I encourage you to begin reading the novel as soon as possible, because there is not time set aside in the semester for this work. You will be responsible for reading, discussion, analyzing, researching, and writing about the novel on your own. I will set aside special office hours for consultations on this project, but it is primarily meant as an opportunity for you to show what you can do independently of me.
Listed in the course content
Week 1 Introduction to Course and Policies
Basic Approaches in Literature Appreciation
Week 2 New Criticism
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost
Week 3 Traditional Approaches: Historical-biographical, and Moral-Philosophical
The Dream of Red Mansion
Week 4 Psychological Approach
Hamlet and the Oedipus complex
Week 5 National Holiday
Week 6 Hemingway and Suicide Complex
Week 7 Jacque Lacan and His Mirror Theory
Week 8 Mythological and Archetypal Approaches
Week 9 William Faulkner and the Bible
Week 10 Feminist and Gender Approaches
A Rose for Emily
Week 11The Scarlet Letter
Week 12 Cultural Approach
The Dream of Red Mansion
Week 13 Postcolonialist Approach
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Week 14 Socialism in the United States
The Grapes of the Wrath
Week 15 Existentialist Approach
Week 16 Ecocritical Approach
“A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor
Weeks 17 -18 Research Paper
VI Guide to Reading Fiction
Persons (characters; developing or static)
Place (Setting: time and location)
Plot (action + conflict: with person[s], environment, or self)
Point of view (e.g., Omniscient, focused Omniscient Neutral Omniscient, first person, Scenic)
- Identify the setting.
- Summarize the plot or action.
- List and identify the major characters
- Determine to what extent (if any, and how, the characters change in the course of the story.
- Identify the various conflicts in the story.
- Identify the point of view, that is, the perspective camera angle) from which the author chooses to tell the story.
- Identify now or more dominant themes.
VII Some possible critical approaches:
Bibliographical or Textural (which text or version do we read)
Biographical (relation to author’s life)
Historical (relation of work to its historical period)
Psychoanalytical (Freudian interpretations)
Mythic (parallels to ancient or contemporary cultural myths)
Reader’s response (individual readers’ reaction to text)