Dr. L. Adam Mekler 
Humanities 201.11 & 15
Spring 2018
Office:  Holmes 228
Office Phone: (443) 885-4032
Email@Morgan: adam.mekler@morgan.edu
Secondary Class Homepage: http://l-adam-mekler.com/201links.htm
Go To Assigments For:
Jan/Feb March April May

Any revisions to this syllabus will be posted on our class page. Please check the web page regularly for any announcements, especially if you have missed class.
Course Requirements:
Students are required to attend every class (See Policy ) and to bring all necessary books with them to class.  These are the required texts:

Students also must visit the class homepage regularly in order to remain current with assignments. All announcements posted on the web site are officially binding for all students, whether they attend class or not.  Students are also responsible for all information posted on the web page, including, but not limited to, the attendance policy and the plagiarism policy, as well as all information transmitted during classroom discussion

In addition to assigned readings and homework questions, which must be completed before coming to class, there will be one (1) brief (500 word minimum) critical response paper  and one (1) documented research paper  (2000 word minimum) that uses a minimum of six documented secondary sources.  You will also take part in a group presentation of a minimum thirty minutes to be given during the second part of the course.  There will also be a mid-term and a final examination. 



All papers will follow MLA format: Typed, double-spaced, using parenthetical citations and when necessary, a list of works cited, including references made to the textbook. (See sample MLA Paper )  The main point of the response papers is to allow you the opportunity to explore specific aspects of texts that you find interesting in terms of the literary terms we discuss:  metaphor, imagery, symbolism, setting, theme, etc..  Basically, you will be exploring the ways in which use of such devices helps to develop the important themes of the works, etc., but the specific focus is largely up to you.

Extra Credit:


Grading:
Class Participation 10%
Critical Response Paper  10% A: 90-100
Homework
10%
B: 80-89
Group Presentation  10% C: 70-79
Research Paper  20% D: 60-69
Mid-Term Exam 20% F: 0-59
Final Exam 20%



Reading List (Subject to Subtle Revision):
Jan 22 ** Class Meeting Cancelled **

24 Course Introduction
Literary Terms (See List )
Reading Poetry 
Sample Poem 

26
Course Introduction, cont.
Diagnostic/Review Test

29
Discussion of Review Test

31
Gilgamesh Background
Homework Questions Due on Blackboard.
Feb 1
Mitchell-Quarles Convocation

2
Gilgamesh, Chs. 1-3: , pp. 1-18
Homework Questions Due on Blackboard.

3
Last Day to drop without a "W" Grade

5
Gilgamesh, Chs. 1-3, cont.

7
Gilgamesh, Chs. 4-7: , pp. 18-33
Homework Questions Due on Blackboard.

8
Frederick Douglass Convocation

9
Gilgamesh, concl.

12
African Tales and Myths
Homework Questions Due on Blackboard.

14 African Tales & Myths, concl.

15 MLK/Malcolm X Convocation

16
Sundiata Background and Preface, vii-xxiv
Homework Questions Due on Blackboard.

19
Sundiata, pp. 1-38 and notes, 85-92
Homework Questions Due on Blackboard.

21
Sundiata, pp. 1-38, cont.

23
Sundiata, 38-84 and notes, 92-96
Homework Questions Due on Blackboard.

26 Sundiata, concl.

28
Greek Background
Greek and Roman Gods and Goddesses
Bulfinch's Mythology (Ch. 16)
Homework Questions Due on Blackboard.
March 2
Oedipus Rex
Homework Questions Due on Blackboard.

5
Oedipus Rex, cont.

7
Aristotle, Poetics
Homework Questions Due on Blackboard.

8
Women's History Month Convocation

9
Discussion of In-Class Essay/Critical Response Paper/Research Paper

12 Mid-Term Review

14
Midterm Exam

16
Midterm Exam, concl.
Last Day to Submit Assignments or Excuses for Absences for First Part of Class

19
** Spring Break **

21
** Spring Break **

23 ** Spring Break **

26
Discussion of Research Paper
Research Paper Topics Due on Blackboard. 

28
Discussion of Critical Response Paper

30
Bhagavad-Gita Background
Bhagavad-Gita,   Preface & Introduction, iv-vii
Homework Questions Due on Blackboard.
April 2
Bhagavad-Gita, 1-12
Homework Questions Due on Blackboard.
Critical Response Paper Due (800 word min.)
** This must be submitted through Blackboard.**

4
Bhagavad-Gita, 13-28
Homework Questions Due on Blackboard.

5
Honors Convocation

6
Chaucer Background
Homework Questions Due on Blackboard.

9
Canterbury Tales: General Prologue
Homework Questions Due on Blackboard.

11 Canterbury Tales: "Wife of Bath's Tale"
Homework Questions Due on Blackboard.

12
** Frankenstein Conference **
Attendance and Participation are Encouraged.

13 Quote Exercise: Chaucer

16
Europe and the "New World" Background , pp. 1902-4
Homework Questions Due on Blackboard.

18
Letters of Columbus, pp. 1921-25
Homework Questions Due on Blackboard.

20
Letters of Cortes, pp. 1926-36
Homework Questions Due on Blackboard.
**Deadline to Change Research Paper Topics**

23
Research Paper Workshop:
Bring in Five (5) Secondary Sources for Discussion

25
TBA

27
Pratt, "Arts of the Contact Zone"
Homework Questions Due on Blackboard.

30
Florentine Codex, pp. 1936-42
Homework Questions Due on Blackboard.
May 2
Research Paper Due
** This must be submitted through Blackboard.**

4
Popol Vuh,
Homework Questions Due on Blackboard.

7
Popol Vuh, concl.

9
Final Review
Last Day to Submit Assignments or Excuses for Absences for Second Part of Class

TBA
Final Exam:  Date Subject to Change, Place and Time TBA
Psalm 23

A Psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;
He leadeth me beside still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
He guideth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil; for thou art with me;
Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
Thou hast anointed my head with oil;
My cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and lovingkindness shall follow me all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

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