SYLLABUS--CL102AAD2A/Spring 1993: Great Books II

Instructor: David A. Goldfarb

MW 11:00-12:15, Office Hours: M 12:30-1:30


Grades will be weighted as follows:
Oral Presentation 15%
Short Paper 20%
Proposal and Conference 10%
Final Paper 40%
Participation 15%

There will be no final exam, and it is not necessary to write about every book in the course. Class participation and attendance, therefore, will be taken very seriously in the determination of your final grade. You are expected to do all the reading carefully and to make arguments on the basis of it in class. If you get behind, however, it would be better to skip ahead and be on schedule, rather than getting further behind and missing out on class discussion altogether.

All assignments should be typed, double spaced, and properly annotated, following the format of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 3rd ed. Inadvertent plagiarism is common in CL101/102, and in such cases I may not accept your paper until it is properly documented. If you are not sure of what is needed, please read section 1.6 of the MLA Handbook.

You are encouraged to consult scholarly secondary materials. We learn to make good arguments by analyzing the good arguments of others. If secondary sources figure into your paper, appropriate citations must be provided. However, these are not research papers. You will be writing about the works on the reading list, and you must substantiate your arguments with evidence from the texts themselves. We will discuss the parameters of each assignment in greater detail in class.

Oral presentation:
10 minute oral presentation on the assigned reading. The primary purpose of this assignment is to raise questions for class discussion. If you choose one of the literary texts, do not give a blanket plot summary, though you may summarize relevant passages briefly for the purpose of an argument you may make. If you choose Bakhtin or Lyotard, you should summarize the essential points of the essay, and discuss challenges these theorists are making, as well as potentially problematic aspects of their views.
Short paper:
5-6 pg. paper comparing The Tempest and Phaedra. Due Mar. 8.
Final paper:
10-12 pg. paper substantially discussing at least two of the works we have read, excluding The Tempest and Phaedra, engaging the discourse established in class. You may build on your oral presentation. A 1-2 page proposal stating the works to be discussed, your thesis and a sketch of the argument will be due May 3, at which time you must sign up for a conference to discuss your proposal. If you would like to start early, prepare a proposal as soon as you are ready. The final paper is due May 23.

You are strongly encouraged to discuss all of the assignments with me at my office hour, Mondays after class. If you would like feedback on your papers before handing in the final version, I will accept drafts for comment up to two classes before the assignment is due.

CL102AAD2A/Spring 1993: Great Books II

Required Texts:

Reserve Reading (required):

You are generally discouraged from using other editions. Even if you have read some of the works already in another version, you should acquire the assigned texts so that you can follow along in class. Abridged versions are unacceptable. "Modernized" versions of Shakespeare are unacceptable. If you plan to write about Anna Karenina, the same translation exists in a Norton Critical Edition, containing notes, some background essays and bibliographic material. Some of these books are being offered in other classes. Make sure you use the editions listed for this class. You do not need to buy the Bakhtin or Lyotard, but if you would like your own copies, they can usually be found at Barnes & Noble at 18th St. & 5th Ave. You are welcome and encouraged to read in the original language, if you can, but standards are the same--no abridgements or "modernized" versions.

You are probably paying a substantial amount of money to attend Queens College. Do not squander it by skimping on books or by failing to bring your books to class.


10 March 1996