Fall 2021 - WL 104W D100

Modern World Literatures (3)

Class Number: 7122

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    AQ 5037, Burnaby

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Introduces ways of comparing modern world literatures across time and space. May explore topics such as revolution, technology, or existentialism. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.

COURSE DETAILS:

MODERNITY’S MIRROR: SELF, SOCIETY, & THE CRISIS OF THE MODERN


“The Poet makes himself a seer by a long, gigantic and rational derangement of all the senses.”                       A. Rimbaud

IMPORTANT: This course is an in-person classroom course – it is thus face-to-face and synchronous.

During the global upheavals of the early 20th century, the way in which human identity was understood and depicted was upended along with traditional notions of human consciousness.  Looking back at this era of turbulent historical, technological, & cultural change, this interdisciplinary course explores how literature and art helped to develop new concepts of self & society.  In order to understand what had changed, we begin with the “theatrical” dream life of that tormented outsider, Hamlet.  By following his story through film & literature, we learn to see how solitude and derangement become forces for change in modernity.  Pursued by Hamlet’s self-interrogating presence, we turn to Strindberg’s play on the fault lines of class, feminism, and the individual (Miss Julie 1888), Rhys’s stream-of-consciousness novella of a young West Indian woman in London (Voyage in the Dark 1934), Mu Shiying’s Chinese short stories (1938), and Mulk Raj Anand’s portrait of an outcaste youth in pre-independence India (Untouchable 1935).  In order to deepen our comprehension of how the “image” of the individual carries ethical weight, we will also watch a famous 1930s Shanghai movie, The Goddess (神女), and recent cinematic clips from Hamlet and Miss Julie.

WL C104W is a “W” writing course: the writing skills learned throughout the term help students to craft arguments in all faculties.  As per the SFU requirements for a W class, students receive appropriate feedback & response to their writing that is based on explicit criteria and is directed at improving the quality of their writing.  At least half the course grade is based on written work for which students receive feedback before submitting a revised version of their assignments.

COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

  • Introductory understanding of World Literature as a field practice                               
  • Basic comprehension of terms and concepts of literary criticism and the modernist era                                
  • Starting ability to analyze aesthetic forms across different cultural eras & media                                                         
  • Improved university writing ability with focus on cultural criticism

Grading

  • Participation 15%
  • Short Essay + Revision (10% + 15%) 25%
  • Term Paper + Revision (20% + 15%) 35%
  • Final Exam 25%

NOTES:

 WRITING INTENSIVE: (W designated) There are five W criteria:  

  1. Students have opportunities to use writing as a way of learning the content of the course and are taught to write in the forms and for the purposes that are typical of disciplines and/or professions.  
  2. Examples of writing within the disciplines are used as a means of instruction about typical structures, modes of reasoning, styles of address, and the use of technical language and of evidence.  
  3. Students receive appropriate feedback and response to their writing that is based on explicit criteria and is directed at improving the quality of their writing.  
  4. Revision is built into the process of writing for formal assignments, usually in terms of revisions of the same paper, or alternatively, in revisions accomplished through successive similar assignments.  
  5. At least half the course grade is based on written work for which students receive feedback (see #3)       

ATTENDANCE:

Regular attendance & engagement are mandatory for successful completion of the course. Attendance will be taken.  It is your responsibility to attend class on time & to stay to the end. Please let me know in advance if you are unable to make a class on medical or other grounds, or if you must leave early.

IMPORTANT: students must provide a note for missed classes (medical or otherwise) – or seek permission beforehand.  Unexcused absences reduce your final grade as follows: second absence 3% / third absence 6% / fourth absence 10% / after five absences you cannot pass the course as you have not completed it.

ESSAY & OPEN BOOK EXAMS:

Term Paper topics will be distributed beforehand.  If you wish to write the essay on a topic outside those given, approval must be sought from me.  You will need to reference at least two scholarly texts relating to your topic (i.e. literary criticism).  There are extensive print resources at SFU library <http://www.lib.sfu.ca/> and article & book length commentaries exist for the works on our reading list.  The short essay and quizzes/exam will occur in real-time (synchronously): all students receive questions and submit responses within the same limited period.

GRADING: Converts to Grade Point Average

A+         95-100%              B+         80-84%                C+          65-69%                D              50-54%

A            90-94%                B            75-79%                C            60-64%                F              0-49%

A-          85-89%                B-          70-74%                C-          55-59%

ONLINE SOURCES:

Remember, very few online sources are acceptable for citation.  Peer reviewed online journals (ie: via JSTOR, MLA, SPRINGER) are welcome; personal web pages, blogs, study sites and so on do NOT count as academic resources.  Use bound journals or as available through the online resources of the SFU library.  For MLA format go to:

< https://www.lib.sfu.ca/help/cite-write/citation-style-guides/mla >

PLEASE NOTE THE SFU POLICY STATEMENTS ON ACADEMIC INTEGRITY BELOW:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.  Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University.   

http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html   /  http://students.sfu.ca/academicintegrity.html 

NOTE:  Except by permission, computers and other digital devices are to be put away in class.  

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Shakespeare, Hamlet, Oxford (no need to purchase a book, instructor will direct students to online sources)

August Strindberg, Miss Julie & Other Plays, Oxford                 
ISBN: 978-0199538041

Jean Rhys,Voyage in the Dark, Penguin Classic 
ISBN: 978-0141183954

Mulk Raj Anand, Untouchable, Penguin Classic  
ISBN: 978-0141393605

Mu Shiying, Mu Shiying: China’s Lost Modernist, Hong Kong U 


ISBN: 978-9888208142

Registrar Notes:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html

TEACHING AT SFU IN FALL 2021

Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.