Effective Date of this Description/Syllabus: Fall 2014

Prepared by: Dr. Rhonda Wilcox

Office: Honors House 104

Phone: (678) 359-5296

email: rhonda_w@gordonstate.edu

Fall Office hours: TR 12:30-1:45, 3:30-4:30;

W 12:30-2:00, 3:00-5:00





Course Designation: English 2112

Course Title: World Literature II

Class hours per week: 3

Credit hours: 3

Division offering course: Humanities

Prerequisite for the course: A C or better in English 1101.


Course description for college bulletin: A survey of important works of world literature from the seventeenth century to the present.


Teacher’s Course objectives:

To acquaint students with seminal works of world literature and the cultural milieux in which they were produced;

To give students a background for appreciating the values and concerns of modern literature by studying the traditions which preceded it;

To awaken in students an interest in literatures and cultures quite different from their own and an awareness of literary/cultural richness and diversity; in short—

To have fun.


Department of Humanities Literature Course Objectives


Course Objectives: Upon completion of ENGL 2112, World Literature II, the student will have:

  1. gained awareness of major writers and literary periods in the canon of World Literature;
  2. demonstrated competence in literary analysis;
  3. demonstrated an understanding of fundamental literary and critical terminology;
  4. developed an awareness of aesthetic experiences as a dimension of life by demonstrating competence in literary studies.


If you need academic accommodations for a disability, you must first go through the process of receiving approved accommodations through the Student Counseling and Disability Services Office, Student Center, Room 212, 678 359-5585.


Course Content:

                The course plan is to focus on the following authors; others will also be assigned: Molière, Voltaire, Wollstonecraft, Cao Xueqin, Bashō, Douglass, Goethe, Wordsworth, Heine, Keats, Ghalib, Baudelaire, Dickens, Dickinson, Tolstoy, Ibsen, Joyce, Yeats, Eliot, Kafka, Pirandello, Marquez, Thiong’o.


These are literally world-famous stories, poems, and plays. People have enjoyed them around the world. However, if you do not budget enough time for your reading, you may start to view them as a burden rather than a pleasure. Instead, expect to take a great deal of time—then relax and enjoy yourself. The best pleasures cannot be hurried.


Required Texts: The Norton Anthology of World Literature. Shorter Third Edition. Vol. 2. Ed. Martin Puchner. New York: Norton, 2013. Print.

Dickens, Charles. Great Expectations. Available at http://www.gutenberg.org .


Grading:               Class participation/pop quizzes:      15%

First Paper:                                            15%

Second Paper:                                      15%

Midterm Exam:                                   25%

Final Exam:                                          30%



Standards: A=90-100, B=80-89, C=70-79, D=60-69

Your failure to do any assignment listed above (except pop quizzes) will result in your failing the course. If you believe you have a good reason for being excused from a pop quiz, discuss it with me promptly; I will decide on a case-by-case basis whether or not to keep the zero, excuse the quiz, or give a make-up with or without grade penalty.

                Your first paper should not have outside sources: it should represent your own response to the reading, supported by copious specific evidence from the reading. The subject should be one of the pieces of literature from our text; the specific subject choice must be approved by me beforehand. I will help you out via a planning conference, which is required. (The paper will not be accepted until after the conference; the paper will accrue late points if the conference is late.)

Your second paper will be a traditional term paper. Further specifics will be provided prior to the due date.  Again, the specific subject must be approved by me. A planning conference is recommended.

                MLA form for quotation, bibliography, etc., should be used for both these assignments.

                Your exams will probably include some “objective” questions (e.g. identifying quotations); they will certainly include some discussion questions. Each will cover approximately half the course work.


Attendance policy: Without class discussions and lectures, you might as well read this literature on your own. You will find that experiencing a group’s reaction to a piece of writing is something that cannot be recreated through merely reading class notes. This is not just a lecture class. Furthermore, you can contribute to the class: thoughtful questions can be just as valuable as insightful comments (though they should be the questions of a person who has read the material). Missing classes will reduce your ability to contribute and will therefore lower your class participation grade. Furthermore, specific in-class activities will be used to help establish your participation grade, and in most cases these activities must be carried out during a particular class period.

                If you must miss a class, let me know beforehand if you can (or leave a phone or email message even during class if need be); ask me or a classmate about assignments so you can prepare in case there is a pop quiz when you return to class. My home phone number is (404)373-5328. If you cannot contact me or a classmate, then read the next assignment listed on the syllabus. If you are in class, you will be expected to take the quiz. If you have not emailed me prior to the giving of a quiz, you will be responsible for it.

Cell phones, Blackberries, and other electronic devices: So that we can make the best use of our limited time together, turn off your cell phones and any other electronic devices before class begins,. Exception: Emergency personnel may leave theirs on and slip out of class to take phone calls in the hall when necessary. If you have a job as an EMT (or similar work), notify me during the first week of classes and be sure to sit near the door. Also, if you have some other sort of emergency situation for which you wish to stay in cell phone contact, speak to me about the problem before the relevant class period in order to be granted an exception. All students should remember that they will receive a class participation grade, and cell phone interruptions disturb discussion.


Student Evaluation of Instruction: Near the end of this course, you may be asked to evaluate the instruction of the course. Your honest responses will help make this a better course. Also, please feel free to make suggestions during the course. Feel free to come by my office. Remember, I want to hear from you.








Plagiarism, Cheating:

The Department of Humanities of Gordon College views any form of cheating as a serious violation of commonly accepted standards of honesty. All student work must be solely that of the person submitting the work. Any giving or receiving of unauthorized help from others or from notes or other materials during the course of taking a quiz, test, or exam or in writing a paper will result in an F on the work; any use of forbidden materials such as copying others’ work during the course of in-class writing will also result in an F for the assignment. Note that an F on the work involved in cheating is the minimum punishment. (See page 75 of the Academic Catalog for details of the Academic Dishonesty Policy.) A zero may be assigned, or an F for the course may be assigned, and,  if justified by aggravating circumstances, the matter may be referred to the Provost and/or the Judicial Committee or (according to a rule approved by the full faculty in Spring 2010) the Vice President of Student Affairs. One example of a case which would be referred to the Provost and Vice-President would be: accessing the internet via smartphone to answer questions during a midterm exam. (N.B. I have already caught people doing this; don’t join them.)

Moreover, when source materials are used in the writing of papers, the student must document such use of sources both by clearly indicating material being used as quotation and by giving proper recognition when ideas or information has been paraphrased or summarized; the following principles enunciated in the section on avoiding plagiarism in James D. Lester's Writing Research Papers: A Complete Guide, 8th edition, should be scrupulously observed:


1. Acknowledge borrowed material by introducing the quotation or paraphrase with the name of the authority. This practice serves to indicate where borrowed materials begin.

2. Enclose within quotation marks all quoted materials.

3. Make certain that paraphrased material has been rewritten into your own style and language. The simple rearrangement of sentence patterns is unacceptable. [For example, the following re-wording would not be acceptable paraphrase of the preceding sentence: It is unacceptable to simply rearrange sentence patterns.]

4. Provide specific in-text documentation for each borrowed item. For example, MLA [Modern Language Association] style requires [author’s] name and page for all in-text references. Requirements differ for other fields.

5. Provide a bibliographic entry on the Works Cited page for every source cited in the paper.

6. Omit sources consulted but not cited in [your paper]. This point is important. You do not want your instructor leafing back through the paper trying to find your use of a source that, in truth, was not cited. (140-41)


Note that the indention of the six rules above is another method of indicating that material is quoted from someone else; when you have a long section to quote, then instead of using quotation marks, you indent. My indention of the six rules indicates that they are the exact wording by James D. Lester on pages 140-41 of his book.

Furthermore, you must avoid collusion. Here is a definition from the head of the department of Humanities:


Collusion is defined as receiving excessive help to the point that a work can no longer be considered the product of a single author and therefore cannot be accurately assessed an individual grade. If I suspect a submitted work to be the result of collusion, I reserve the right to refuse credit for that work if the claimed author is unable to demonstrate sole authorship. A good way to avoid this problem is to get help from the Student Success Center rather than from family or friends.


I may or may not decide to have you submit some of your work to Turnitin.com. Terms and Conditions of Use may be found at http://www.turnitin.com/static/usage.html.






Week One: 8/14: Introduction; The Enlightenment in Europe: Molière, Tartuffe

Week Two: 8/19-21: Tartuffe, continued; Voltaire, Candide

Week Three: 8/26-28: Candide, continued; Wollstonecraft, from The Vindication of the Rights of Woman; Pre- / Early Modern China and Japan: Bashō, From The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Week Four: 9/2-4: Cao Xueqin, from The Story of the Stone

Week Five: 9/9-11:  Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave; Romanticism and Realism in Europe: Goethe, Faust, Part One

Week Six: 9/16-18:  Faust, Pt. 1, continued; Romantic poets: Blake;  Wordsworth; Keats; Heine

Week Seven: 9/23-25: Romantic poets: Blake; Wordsworth; Keats; Heine (continued); Dickinson, poems

Week Eight: 9/30-10/2: Dickinson, poems (continued); Paper One drafts due Thu

[Last day to drop classes without penalty is Oct. 6]

Week Nine: 10/7-9: Paper One due Tuesday; Midterm Exam Thursday

Week Ten: 10/14-16: Fall Break Mon-Tues; Baudelaire; Ghalib

Week Eleven: 10/21-23: Realism: Dickens, selections from Great Expectations; Tolstoy, "The Death of Ivan Ilych"

Week Twelve: 10/28-30: Ibsen, Hedda Gabler; Modernism:  Joyce, “The Dead”

Week Thirteen: 11/4-6: Yeats, Eliot, poems; Pirandello: Six Characters in Search of an Author

Week Fourteen: 11/11-13: Kafka, The Metamorphosis; Magical Realism in South American Literature: Marquez, "Death Constant Beyond Love"; Neruda, poems; Allende, “And of Clay Are We Created”

Week Fifteen: 11/18-20: Colonialism and Post-Colonialism in Africa and beyond: Anansi orature; Senghor, poems; Thiong’o, “Wedding at the Cross”; Kincaid, “Girl”

Week Sixteen: 11/25-27: Beckett, Endgame; Thanksgiving Holiday Wed-Fri

Week Seventeen: 12/2: Paper Two due; exam preparation

Additional readings and work may be assigned.


Final Exam Tues. Dec. 9, 12:30-2:30 pm