English 104 - "World Beat" - Fall 2008
Mares - Fletcher 313 x6238
< http://mares.english.sbc.edu >
Office Hours: TTh 4:15-5:30 p.m. & by appointment
Course Policies Guidelines
∞∞∞COURSE DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVES∞∞∞
The primary purpose of this course is to engage you in learning how to read more carefully, imaginatively, and critically, how to express your ideas more clearly, coherently, and persuasively, how to build, summarize, and evaluate arguments, and how to edit and revise your own work.
Readings will consist mainly of literary works by prominent writers from various countries around the world, including the participants in the International Writers Series this fall at Sweet Briar–Azar Nafisi (Iran), Yi Yun Li (China), and Zakes Mda (South Africa). (Series attendance is expected.) Set in worlds both foreign and familiar, these works respond to radical changes taking place in their authors' countries of origin. Acclaimed by readers often far beyond those borders, they also invite us to consider how America looks through other eyes. All works will be read in English. Celebrated recent films from Iran, China, Senegal, and South Africa will supplement the readings, as time allows.
Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis
Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran
Yi Yun Li, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers
Ha Jin, The Bridegroom: Stories
Zakes Mda, Cion
Diane Hacker, Pocket Style Manual (5th edition)
Selected critical and background materials
(American Heritage Dictionary, or another good dictionary)
∞ RECOMMENDED FILMS ∞
Persepolis; Baran; The Color of Paradise;Kandahar; Leila
The Story of Qui Ju; Not One Less;
The Wedding Banquet
Moolaade; Xala; Mandabi;Tsotsi
•Regular attendance and active participation in class
•Attendance at Lectures and Readings by Azar Nafisi, Yi Yun Li, and Zakes Mda
•Contributions to class, including active and thoughtful oral participation in class discussions, typed responses to the assigned texts, and typed commentaries on the public lectures and readings by Azar Nafisi, Yi Yun Li and Zakes Mda.
•Three papers with minimum lengths of 4-5 typed pages (1000-1250 words), 5-6 typed pages (1250-1500 words), and 6-7 typed pages (1500-1750 words), respectively. (Multiple drafts may be required.) Responses, commentaries, and papers for the course are to be kept in a portfolio and submitted periodically, along with retrospective entries.
•Various other brief in-class writing assignments, including peer reviews and quizzes, as needed
•Formal presentation based on final paper
•Approximate breakdown of the final grade, assuming that all work is submitted: three papers = 50%; final presentation, based on final paper = 10%; portfolio = 25% (ongoing responses and commentaries, plus three retrospective entries); class contributions (active participation in discussions, attendance at library workshop, quizzes, peer reviews, etc.) = 15%. Note that to qualify for a passing grade in this course you have to submit the required papers, any required revisions, and your portfolio of responses, commentaries, and retrospective entries, and you have to give a formal presentation based on your final paper. Regular attendance is also crucial. (See Policies.) If you fail the course, you must retake it in the spring.
•Grades on revised papers will be averaged with grades on the originals, but will be weighted more heavily if the revisions are extensive and effective.
•You are expected to read my comments on your work carefully and promptly. If you are not clear about how to improve your work after reflecting on my comments, talk to me after class or make an appointment to see me.
AUGUST 28 – Introduction
SEPTEMBER 2 – Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis. Typed Reading Response (250-300 words) due in class.
4 – Satrapi (RR) BBC: Iranian Fashion Show
9 – Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran. (RR)
11 – Workshop. Nafisi.
––>Fri., Sept. 12: PAPER #1 (4 pp. minimum) due by 5 p.m.
16 – Nafisi (RR)
18 – Nafisi
++ 8 p.m., Sept. 18, Babcock – AZAR NAFISI's LECTURE ++
––>Fri., Sept. 19: Revised draft of PAPER #1 due by 5 p.m. Attach previous draft, reverse outline, and responses to "Reviewing Drafts for Revision."
23 – Nafisi – Commentary (approx. 500 words) on Nafisi's lecture due in class.
25 – Nafisi
30 – Bibliographic Instruction session with Reference Librarian. Class will meet in Cochran Library.
--->Tues., Sept. 30: Portfolio due with retrospective entry (300-500 words) by 5 p.m.
OCTOBER 2 and 3 – Reading Days
(Revised Paper #1 due Monday, Oct. 6 by 5 p.m. Attach previous version with my comments.)
7 – Guest speakers on the ARC: Demaree Peck, ARC Director and Julia Patt, ARC tutor, senior English & Creative Writing major.
Workshop: Freewriting your way to a paper topic
Yi Yun Li, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers ("Immortality," "The Princess of Nebraska," "Love in the Marketplace")
++ 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 8, Chapel – YI YUN LI's LECTURE ++
9 – Yi Yun Li – (RR) ("Son" and "Death is Not a Bad Joke If Told the Right Way")
CLASS WITH YI YUN LI MEETS IN PANNELL ART GALLERY.
++ 8 p.m., Oct. 9, Chapel – YI YUN LI's READING ++
14 – Yi Yun Li – Commentary (approx. 500 words) on Yi Yun Li's lecture and reading due in class.
Workshop: Bring tentative theses and opening ¶s for essay due Friday.
16 – Reread Yi Yun Li's "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers" for discussion.
Workshop: Bring typed or easily legible draft or partial draft of essay due Friday.
-–>Fri., Oct. 17: PAPER #2 (5-6 pp. minimum) due by 5 p.m.
21 – Ha Jin, The Bridegroom (RR)
23 – Ha Jin (RR)
28 – Ha Jin (RR)
30 – Mda, Cion (to 57). CION BLOG AT OHIO UNIVERSITY
TENTATIVE RESEARCH PAPER TOPICS DUE IN CLASS.
–-> Fri., Oct. 31: PAPER #2, revised on basis of my comments, due by 5 p.m. Attach previous draft with my comments.
NOVEMBER 4 – Mda (RR) (to 122)
6 – Mda (to 185). No class. (I will be presenting a paper at a conference in San Antonio.)
11 – Mda (RR) (to 255)
Underground Railroad and the Quilt Code
Tentative "Works Cited" for Research Paper due in class
++ Wed., 8 p.m., Chapel, NOV. 12 – ZAKES MDA's LECTURE ++
13 – Mda (to 312, the end) CLASS WITH ZAKES MDA MEETS IN PANNELL ART GALLERY.
++ 8 p.m., Chapel, NOV. 13 – ZAKES MDA's READING ++
-->Fri., Nov. 14: Commentary (approx. 500 words) on Zakes Mda' s lecture OR reading due by 5 p.m.
18 – Mda. Workshop.
20 – Workshop. Complete TYPED draft of PAPER #3 (6-7pp. minimum)due in class.
––>Fri., Nov. 21: PAPER #3, revised on basis of peer reviews, due by 5 p.m. Attach previous drafts and peer reviews.
THANKSGIVING BREAK (starts at 5:30 p.m.)
DECEMBER 2 – Workshop.
4 – No class. Individual conferences.
––>Fri., Dec. 5: PAPER #3, revised on basis of my comments, due by 5 p.m. Attach previous draft with my comments.
9 – Presentations (5-7 minutes + brief Q & A)
11 – Presentations. Course evaluations.
––>Fri., Dec. 12: Portfolio + final retrospective entry (600-750 words) due by 5 p.m.
[Dec. 12 - Classes end. Dec. 13 - Reading day. Dec. 14-19 - Exams. Dec. 13 - Grades due.]
Course Policies Guidelines
LAST UPDATE: 2 DECEMBER 2008