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Satya P. Tandon, Associate Professor, Humanities Department

Mohawk Valley Community College, 1101 Sherman Drive Utica, NY 13501










EN256: World Literature 2| Syllabus







Spring Semester 2007



Instructor:      Prof. S. P. Tandon

      Office: PH 311

      Telephone: 792-5543

      E-mail: standon@mvcc.edu


Office Hours:    T   1:20 – 3:30;

      WF   2:00 – 3:00;

      other hours by appointment only.


Text:        Lawall, Sarah, et al., Eds. The Norton Anthology of World

      Masterpieces. Package 2. New York : W. W. Norton, 2002.



I.   Course Description:


In order to give the student a global perspective, this survey of world literature in English translation, from the enlightenment to the present, crosses the boundaries of time, culture, and literary form. Major authors studied may include Voltaire, the Romantic poets, Camus, Marquez, Tolstoy, Ibsen, Achebe, Mishima, Mann. Emphasis is on students developing critical thinking and language skills. They do so mainly in their attempts to raise and answer questions in their readings, discussions, and analytical writing. A library-oriented research paper is required.

Prerequisites: EN101 and EN102.


II.   Student Learning Outcomes:


   At the completion of EN256: World Literature 2, the student will:


•  Utilize reading comprehension skills and critical thinking skills to analyze major writers in world literature from the Enlightenment to the present.


•  Demonstrate an awareness of the variety of genre and critical perspectives in world literature.


•  Develop the skills to reasonably interpret a literary text and support that with evidence.


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(Student Learning Outcomes continued)


•  Demonstrate an awareness of how social, cultural, aesthetic, and intellectual issues raised in the class are relevant to their own lives.


•  Demonstrate how common or culturally specific heritages, perspectives, histories, and/or common belief systems influence the creators of literary works and their products.


•  Complete a documented research project that demonstrates analytical thinking skills and utilizes research documentation.


III.   Features of the Course:


    Reading will function as a stimulus for discussion and writing.     


•  Emphasis will be on discussion and small-group work.


•  Emphasis will be on the student and teacher functioning as a discourse community, a community of learners or inquirers, sharing and responding to one another’s ideas and writings.


•  The instructor will serve as a facilitator who guides the learning process and acts as a resource when necessary. All students will meet with the instructor individually or in small groups to review their progress on research and other writing assignments.


•  Short formal writing assignments will result from the readings, discussions, and informal journal writing.


•  Although content is important, emphasis will also be placed on the

    development of intellectual skills.








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IV.   Course Administration:


1.   State University of New York regulations require evidence of pursuit of prescribed course work. Students who fail to satisfy those regulations may be deleted from the class on the official census date (Student handbook). Therefore, attendance will be recorded at each class meeting.


2.   EN256 is a reading/discussion/lecture class. In courses of this nature students benefit most by working collaboratively. Hence your regular presence and participation in the class is necessary and required. All students are expected to attend all class meetings. In the event of illness or emergency, you are responsible for explaining absences and finding out the assigned work.


•  You will be permitted one week of excused absences. For each absence in excess, points will be deducted from the final grade.


Please note that your final grade will be adversely affected by poor attendance as explained below:


     Number of Absences      Highest Possible Final Grade



    One week           A

    Two weeks           B       

    Three weeks           C

    Four weeks           D

    More than four weeks       F


4.   Grading:


   Research Paper           30%

  Short papers             30%

Class presentation           10%

  Exams               30%






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5.    Evaluation Criteria:


a.    Short papers:


  Periodically, formal reactions to the readings will be written. To receive credit, they must be submitted on time, must address the assigned readings thoughtfully, and must be 600-800 words long. Although the journals you keep may be more extensive, the papers you hand in should be a result of the journal writing and should not exceed this limit. These papers will be graded S-, S, S+, or U. A semester of satisfactory papers (S-) or (S) will result in a C or B for this part of the course grade. A semester of (S+) papers results in an A for this part of the course grade. A semester of (U) papers, or missing papers results in a grade of F for this part of the course grade.


b.    Research Paper:


The research paper is a single, formal study of some aspect of the course. The paper should include formal academic research, with documentation conforming to the MLA style. While the research paper constitutes 25% of the final grade, its satisfactory completion is required for completion of the course. Failure to complete the research paper satisfactorily (i.e., a “C� grade or better) will result in an automatic failing grade for the entire course. Expected length: 7-10 standard pages.


c.    Class Presentation:


  You will make a presentation on any topic pertaining to the course. Further

  details will be provided in class.


d. Exams:


  Details will be provided in class.


Students With Special Needs:


I would appreciate hearing from anyone in the class who has any type of disability (e.g., physical, learning, psychiatric, vision, hearing, etc.) which may require some special accommodation. Please see me during my office hours so that we can discuss your needs. Also, please stop by to see LynnIgoe, the Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities, 792-5413 (Voice or TTY), or Wendy Dowsland, the Learning Disabilities Specialist, 731-5702; both are located in Room 109 of the Academic Building . (For classes on the Rome Campus, the contact person is Paul Scanlon, PC L35, 334-7703). They will determine your eligibility for these accommodations, and can tell you about the services and aides available through the college and other organizations.


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V.   Weekly Syllabus:


Following is a tentative weekly schedule; it will be updated as necessary. It is each student’s responsibility to attend classes and stay current with the changes.


Week           Assignment


Week 1       Introduction to the Course

        Swift, A Modest Proposal


Week 2       Pope, An Essay on Man


Week 3       Voltaire, Candide          

        Essay 1 due


Week 4       Rousseau, From Confessions

        Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground


Week 5       Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilyich

        Essay 2 due

        Discuss Research Paper assignment


Week 6       Ibsen, Hedda Gabler


Week 7       Unit Exam I


Week 8       Kafka, Metamorphosis


Week 9       Camus, The Guest

        Essay 3 due


Weeks 10 - 12     Literature of the East:

Selection of stories by Indian, Chinese,
and Japanese writers.

        Unit Exam II


Week 13       Gabriel Marquez, Death Beyond Constant Love


Weeks 14-15       Achebe, Things Fall Apart