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EN203: World Literature, Renaissance through Enlightenment FA11

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EN203: World Literature, Renaissance through Enlightenment

Tuesday, Friday 02:45PM - 04:00PM, Ballston, Room 205

Fall 2011 

Final Exam: Tuesday, December 13

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see all the tweets from this class: http://twitterfall.com/?trend=%23en203fa11!%231F3547 

me: @howet


Full-class reading of Pope!


Class Policies



Participation 10%

Paraphrases, Summaries, Responses, Quizzes, Encounter Journal  30%                            

Team Presentation  10%

Examinations 25%

Formal Essays (or essay and multimedia project) 25%

Extra Credit—recitation (see me!)         



Note: This schedule is subject to change!


  • Tuesday, August 30:  Overview of Course; intro to early modern world, vernacular. Prezi lecture. Medieval to Renaissance Visual Changes. Introductory PPTs one and two.
  • Friday, September 2: Intro to the Renaissance, Encountering the Lyric Subject. Read "The Renaissance in Europe" (C2465ff), Petrarch excerpts (C.2476-2490). Encounter journal: what was your response to the readings? What was your favorite poem? What didn't you understand?  
  • Tuesday, September 6: Last day to late register or add a class. Vernacular writing in South Asia.. Encounter journal: Do you note any similarities between Petrarch and South Asian vernacular writing? Or, respond as you like with questions, comments, and observations. In class: Listen to Petrarch's sonnets, discuss Petrarchan conventions, similarities/differences between Petrarch and South Asian devotional lyrics, overview of South Asian vernacular. Go over Petrarch assignment.  Read the team presentation assignment and sign up! 
  • Friday, September 9: Biblical Translations and the Reformation. Encounter journal: what were people so stirred up about?
  • Tuesday, September 13: Essaying the Self, Trying the World: Michel de Montaigne, “Introduction,” ““To the Reader,”” “”Of the Power of the Imagination,”” ““Of Cannibals”” (C.2632-2653). Encounter journal: look up "essay" in the Oxford English Dictionary (only this one!) and read the entry. Does this resonate with Montaigne's work? Other responses?
  • Friday, September 16: Montaigne. Early modern science. Petrarch Paraphrases Due.
  • Tuesday, September 20:  Encountering and Critiquing the Courtly: Baldesar Castiglione, Book of the Courtier (C.2549-2564). Encounter journal: what strikes you as particularly important in Castiglione, insofar as the Renaissance context we've been discussing? OR: Are there any connections you can make between Castiglione's advice and your personal experience?
  • Friday, September 23:  Gender and Class Violence in Fuente Ovejuna (Lope de Vega) Volume C--intro and whole play. Encounter journal: What important themes do you see emerging? OR--what do you think is the central conflict? OR--as always, write about what interests you!   I'll collect the encounter journal today--be sure to bring it! 
  • Tuesday, September 27: de Vega, Summary due. Watch some clips from a television performance of Fuente Ovejuna!
  • Friday, September 30 Last day to drop a class or withdraw without academic record. Begin reading the Enlightenment introduction (volume D), and working on your encounter journal: what similarities and differences do you notice between the central features and intellectual context of these two periods? OR--how does the Enlightenment period continue some of the key features/intellectual movements of the Renaissance?. Refresher for Midterm--bring questions, prepare to discuss!
  •  Tuesday, October 4: Enlightenment introduction.
  • Friday, October 7: Midterm Exam
  • [October 10-11: Fall Break]
  • Tuesday, October 11: No Classes Fall Break
  • Friday, October 14: Essay 1 due; Intro to Molière,
  • Tuesday, October 18: Staging the Hypocrisy of Modern Life: Molière, Tartuffe (D.295-361) Youtube clips one and two. ** Long text; I suggest you start on this early! Encounter journal: Important themes in Tartuffe? How does it relate to the Enlightenment?
  • Friday, October 21: Moliere; summary due
  • Tuesday, October 25: Elivya Çelebi, The Book of Travels (D.281-292) Encounter journal: Open topic!
  • Friday, October 28: Last day to withdraw from a class with a grade of W. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, The Turkish Embassy Letters. Encounter journal: How does Montagu's experience of Turkey--especially her descriptions, approach, and perspective--differ from Celebi's?
  • Tuesday, November 1: Matsuo Bashō, The Narrow Road of the Interior (D.583-587, 603-629) Encounter journal: What distinguishes Basho's sense of travel? If travel is a metaphor, what is it a metaphor for?
  • Friday, November 4:  Mon’zaemon, Love Suicides at Amijima. Encounter journal: Important themes? how do you see them emerging in the play? how does the play connect to its context? 
  • Tuesday, November 8: Mon’zaemon. Watch 1969 new wave film. (note that there are multiple parts to this video!)
  • Friday, November 11:  Sor Juana Inéz de la Cruz; Reply to Sor Filotea (D.403-430) *dense text; start reading early!
  • Tuesday, November 15: Sor Juana. Encounter journal: What is so radical about Sor Juana? OR--What makes this characteristic of the enlightenment? Check out this digital facsimile of Sor Juana's posthumously published work.
  • Friday, November 18: Kant, "An Answer to the Question: What Is Enlightenment?” (parenthetical citations by paragraph number; works cited info culled from page). Summary due OR multimedia project proposal.
  • Tuesday, November 22: Kant (can we use Kant as a lens to read other texts we've encountered this term?). Encounter Journal Due!
  • Friday, November 25: No Class; Thanksgiving Break
  • Tuesday, November 29: Reforming the Public Sphere: Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock (D.489-499); Summarize Pope's Rape of the Lock due. (note slightly different assignment)
  •  Friday, December 2:   Pope; class reading (will be recorded!). Reading breakdown.
  • Tuesday, December 6: Triangular Trade, Impact of Exploration: Olaudah Equiano,
  • Friday, December 9: Conclusions; Essay 2/multimedia project due
  • Tuesday, December 13: Final exam day (Study Guide)



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