|Dr. L. Adam Mekler
Hum212: 2 & 5
Office: Holmes Hall 228
Office Phone: (443) 885-4032
Class Homepage: http://l-adam-mekler.com/212links.htm
Any revisions to this syllabus will be posted on our
class page. **
Students 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. This is especially important for snow days or other unexpected cancellations of class. 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.
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In addition to assigned readings and homework questions, which must be completed before coming to class, there will also be one (1) brief (1000 word minimum) critical response paper, one (1) museum response paper (500 word minimum), in addition to one (1) documented research paper (2500 word minimum), with at least six (6) 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 a works cited page, including references made to the textbook. 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. For the research paper , you will be required to use secondary sources to help support the argument you develop.
The museum response paper is a little more informal. You will still follow proper MLA guidelines, but you will focus on a particular piece or exhibit that you saw, explaining in detail what it was that particularly interested you about it. Secondary source discussion is NOT necessary nor desired. Do Not Just Duplicate the Information Provided on the Little Plaque. That is Plagiarism and you WILL FAIL. Just describe in your own words what YOU saw. A more detailed discussion of requirements can be found here .
|Critical Response Paper||5%||A: 90-100
|Class Participation/Attendance (See Policy )||10%||C: 70-79
|Group Presentation||10%||D: 60-69
|Research Paper||20%||F: 0-59
||"The Humanities Today," xxv-xxvi
European Background, 411-17
Sonnet #18, 606
||Shakespeare, Othello, Acts. 1-2, pp. 506-41|
||Shakespeare, Othello, Acts. 1-2, cont.
||Shakespeare, Othello, Acts 3-5, pp. 542-99
||Shakespeare, Othello, Acts 3-5, cont.|
|11||Shakespeare, Othello, concl.
Discussion of Group Discussion Questions
|13||American Perspective, 3-8
African-American Literature, 101-5
African-American Poetry, 133-35
Phillis Wheatley, 136-37
“On Being Brought From Africa”
"To His Excellency George Washington"
Walker, “In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens”
|14||Frederick Douglass Convocation|
|15||Wheatley / Walker cont.|
|18||Equiano, Chs. 1-3, 193-217
from Chs. 4 and 5,
|21||MLK/Malcolm X Convocation|
Chs. I-XI, 217-43
||Jacobs, Chs. XIV-XXX, 243-70|
Last Day to Submit Excuses and Assignments for the First part of the Course
||Mid-Term Examination (See Review )|
|11||Mid-Term Examination, cont.|
|13||Asian Background, 753-56
|15||African Background, 715-19
African Poetry, 721-23
|18||** Spring Break **|
|20||** Spring Break **|
|22||** Spring Break **|
|25||Research Paper Discussion|
|27||Njau, 733, 735-36
Pereira, 737, 740-41
Critical Response Paper Due (1000 word min.)
||Women's History Month Convocation|
|29||African Narrative, 749-50
Things Fall Apart (Part One), 1-125
Glossary of Ibo Words and Phrases, 211-12
||Achebe, Things Fall Apart (Part One),
||Achebe, Things Fall Apart( Parts Two & Three), 129-209|
Things Fall Apart, concl.
Last Day to Drop Undergraduate Classes
||European Narrative, 625-28
Research Paper Topics Due
|10||European-American Literature, 9-11
European-American Poetry, 13
||Chopin, Chs. 1-20, pp.28-65
|15||Chopin, Chs. 1-20, pp.28-65, cont.|
|17||Chopin, Chs. 21-39, pp. 66-99|
|19||Native American Literature, 381-98
Last Day to Submit Final Research Paper Topics
** No Paper Will Be Accepted if Topic is Not APPROVED by Today **
|22||Latin American Literature, 399
Borges, "The Garden of the Forking Paths," 402-7
|24||African-American Poetry, 133-35
McKay, 144, 147-48
|26||Hughes, 159-60, 164-65
** I Love Morgan Day **
|29||Wright, “Ethics of Living Jim Crow,” 316-24
||Wright, “The Man Who Lived Underground,”
|| African-American Theater, 107-11
Wilson, Fences, Introduction, etc.
Act One, pp.1-58
Research Paper Due
||Wilson, Fences, Act Two, pp. 59-101|
||Final Exam Review
Museum Paper Due
Final Day to Submit Excuses and Assignments for Second Part of Course
|Francesco Petrarch (1304-1374)
It was the
morning of that blessed day
Of your swift eyes: that seemed
no time to stay
Love caught me naked to his
shaft, his sheaf,
The constant gate
and fountain of my grief:
Sonnet #18: "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?"
compare thee to a summer's day?
Sonnet #130: "My Mistress's Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun"
eyes are nothing like the sun;