Syllabus and Sign Up Feb 28, 2008 15:58:06 GMT -6
Post by Sir Alexandreu Davinescu on Feb 28, 2008 15:58:06 GMT -6
Syllabus for ENG1159 - Hemingway Seminar
"Our nada who art in nada, nada be thy name thy kingdom nada thy will be nada in nada as it is in nada. Give us this nada our daily nada and nada us our nada as we nada our nadas and nada us not into nada but deliver us from nada; pues nada. Hail nothing full of nothing, nothing is with thee." - "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place"
In this eight-week lecture series, we will learn about the work of Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), one of the most important authors in American literature of the 20th century. A very polarizing figure, his writing is nonetheless heartbreakingly beautiful and profound. All individual opinions are welcome, and indeed encouraged. Liking Hemingway will not be required, but understanding some of his most important themes will be an essential part of the course. An understanding of basic literary theory will be helpful but not necessary, as we will spend only a limited amount of time considering Hemingway's works from the perspectives of such approaches as reader response theory, Derrida's deconstruction, Campbell's theory of the monomyth, and so on.
Readings will be very light for the most part, consisting of eight short stories and one novella. Virtually every modern English library contains copies of Hemingway's Complete Short Stories or The First Forty-Nine Short Stories, as well as The Old Man and the Sea. If you still have trouble obtaining copies of the required material, please contact me and I will locate copies in a library near you to the best of my ability.
This course will be worth three credits if work is completed to my satisfaction. That satisfaction will depend to a great deal on whether or not you do the reading, participate in discussion meaningfully, and pass your final exam. The final will take the form of a brief set of two essays, in which you will demonstrate your grasp of key concepts within Hemingway's work and how he applied them. While the course itself is eight weeks, up to a whole final ninth week may be spent in the composition of your final exams.
Homework should be done by that week's class, not afterwards! If you have not read, you cannot discuss your work on the message board thread for that evening and you will not receive any credit for that day!
April 1 - Week 1 - Introduction to Hemingway: Overview of life and writings, initial thematic exploration. No homework.
April 8 - Week 2 - Young Hemingway, the First World War, and Agnes von Kurowsky. Read "Soldier's Home" and "A Very Short Story".
April 15 - Week 3 - Paris: Hadley and Gertrude. Read "Cat in the Rain" and "Hills Like White Elephants".
April 22 - Week 4 - The Sun Also Rises, Key West, and Suicide. Read "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" and "The Undefeated".
April 29 - Week 5 - Spain: Bullfighting and Civil War. Begin Old Man and the Sea.
May 6 - Week 6 - World War 2 and Decline.
May 13 - Week 7 - The Old Man and the Sea. Finish Old Man and the Sea.
May 20 - Week 8 - Hemingway's Impact. Read "Big Two-Hearted River" and "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place". Final exam distributed.
May 27 - Week 9 - Final exam due.
I reserve the right to change this syllabus at any time. If you have any problems with the material, please feel free to email me at Distain@kingdomoftalossa.net, and I will be happy to help. If you have any problems with me as an instructor or feel you are being treated unfairly, please contact Regent Laira.
Please post in this thread if you intend to take this class, or if you have any questions. Do not make this commitment unless you intend to fulfill it. Class registration is open until the first week of class.