WORLD LITERATURE-TF

Thematically designed, this course will familiarize the student with major works of major world writers. It will force him to think critically, to place works in cultural and literary contexts, and to see philosophical, psychological, ethical, and sociological connections that unite the offerings of the Greeks with today’s creations.

You will never forget the works in this class—or the class itself.

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES
--to promote formal analysis of literary works
--to provide background contexts
--to develop high level critical thinking skills stemming from the synthetic analysis and juxtapositions of related material
--to enhance writing skills (reading journal is required; at least two individual 5 pagers and two group presentations per quarter will be assigned);
--to improve vocabulary
--to engender a passion for reading/viewing quality literature
--to assist with the college entrance essay

CLASS FORMAT
--lecture on background information—time period, literary movement, cultural commentary, author—and on each work’s major themes and arguments
--discussion based on carefully composed questions and/or statements that will direct student reading
--occasional and color dramatic renditions by the instructor
--film viewing (BEOWULF is opening soon at AMC)as well as play attendance: Philly fine arts/fringe viewing early September

EVALUATIONS
--tests count once or twice
--papers count twice
-- reading quizzes for part of one or two whole grades
--major independent project—one per semester—counts three times
--seeing an approved play amounts to an extra “A” grade
--quarter grade is the sum total divided by the appropriate number; semester grade is the sum total divided by the appropriate number; exam counts three times within the semester’s sum total

 

READINGS and VIEWINGS

Baudelaire’s “…Homeless”

Beckett’s “Act Without Words”

Kafka’s METAMORPHOSIS (handout)

Fugard’s STATEMENTS (handout)

Sophocles’ OEDIPUS REX (text)

Euripides’ MEDEA—in your text;

Aristophanes’’ LYSISTRATA—in your text;

Sartre’s NO EXIT (on line text)

Beckett’s WAITING FOR GODOT (on line text)

Beckett’s “Rockabye” (handout)

Almodovar’s ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER—film selections;

RUN LOLA RUN—film selections

Shanley's DOUBT

Shakespeare's HAMLET

Barthleme's "The School"

Williams' "The Use of Force"

Albee's THE ZOO STORY

Baraka's DUTCHMAN

Mamet's OLEANNA

Shaffer’s EQUUS

Camus’ THE STRANGER

Hampton's DANGEROUS LIAISONS

Ibsen's HEDDA GABLER

Golding's LORD OF THE FLIES

Burgess’ A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (purchased)

Albee’s WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF—film

Shakespeare’s TITUS—selected video scenes;

France's BEING DEAD

Independent

Brecht’s MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN—in your text;

Achebe's THINGS FALL APART


PHILOSOPHERS AND PSYCHOLOGISTS (lectures)

POEMS (famous and new)

TBA (I reserve the right to add/delete)

 

THEMES DISCUSSED

--THE PLAYER ENTRAPPED

--OUR PRUFROCKIAN WORLD

--VIOLENCE AS SALVATION

--MAN AGAINST THE STATE/SYSTEM

--PSYCHOANALYSIS

--WOMEN’S STUDIES

EXPECTATIONS
--daily cooperation and preparedness
--originality; no plagiarism; research with documentation; no group work unless I assign a project as such, in which case I need to know who did what in the project;
--sources must be high quality, not the pot luck random sort found in google;
--open mindedness and respect
--timeliness of assignments; late penalties (1/2 grade per day) apply, unless a pre-approved good reason has been provided;
--maturity—wanting to know for knowledge’s sake;
-- responsibility--wanting to prepare for an A+ future

 

 

 

 

 

Holy Ghost Preparatory School
2429 Bristol Pike Bensalem, PA 19020
P 215.639.2102   F 215.639.4225

powered by finalsite