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Lucian Ghita – course syllabus 1 ENGL 2130- Sections 012; 013 Dangerous Words: Literature and Censorship Instructor: Lucian Ghita Email: email@example.com Meeting: MWF Section 012: 12:20am - 1:10pm (Daniel 312) Section 013: 1:25pm – 2:15pm (Daniel 214) Office: 507 Strode Tower; Work Phone: (864)-656 3151 Office Hours: MW 2:15 pm-3:30 pm; F 9:30 am-10:00 am (or by appointment) DESCRIPTION Why are certain books banned or censored? What makes them dangerous in the first place? What types or genres of literature are more susceptible to censorship and why? This course examines an entire range of writings that discuss censorship or were censored at some point in their reception history, from Plato and Shakespeare to George Orwell and J. M. Coetzee. Special attention will be given to the conditions and the impact of censorship on writers, readers, and their intellectual world. Students will be asked to engage difficult questions and complicated issues using various literary approaches, and will learn to think critically by addressing important problems, questions, theories and concepts. In this course you will be asked to engage difficult questions and complicated issues using multiple approaches, and will learn to think critically by addressing important problems, questions, theories and concepts. You will also seek insight through scholarly inquiry and careful examination of a variety of opinions, assumptions, and convictions. Finally, you will learn how to gather, explore, and evaluate information in order to produce clear, reasoned arguments and ideas. In short, you will develop skills and intellectual capacities that will serve you well throughout your entire life. Lucian Ghita – course syllabus 2 COURSE OBJECTIVES This course is designed to give students an overview of the history and significance of banned books in British literature and beyond. You will 1. be introduced to the debates, ideas, and history surrounding the production, circulation, and reception of banned books in British literature and culture. 2. learn to read and think critically about the studied texts; engage with their content and ideas and share their insights with your colleagues both in group activities and class discussion. 3. learn to express your ideas with precision and clarity both in class discussion and in writing. 4. develop a set of literary techniques and skills, such as close reading, critical analysis, and scholarly research. 5. present logical, well-reasoned arguments in written & oral forms in analysis of print and digital media. GENERAL EDUCATION COMPETENCIES In successfully completing the course, students will develop artifacts which may satisfy the “Arts and Humanities” competency requirement, among others: 1. Arts & Humanities: This course will prepare students to “demonstrate an understanding of the arts and humanities in historical and cultural contexts.” The final essay of this class will meet the competency requirement. 2. Ethical Judgment: In meeting the requirements for this course, students will address major ethical issues that arise among the contested strategies of reading literature, such as racism, discrimination, and displacement. Additionally, students will learn the ethics of intellectual property, correct citation, and legitimate integration of research. 3. Communication: Students will learn to present logical, well-reasoned arguments in written & oral forms in analysis of print and digital media. 4. Critical Thinking: Students will learn practices of close reading and interpretation applicable to literary works; in analyzing a wide variety of literature, students will engage in the highest levels of analysis, reasoning, critical thinking, and problem solving. REQUIRED READINGS/MATERIALS * All books are available at the Clemson Bookstore; The course package is available at Clemson Copy Shop. PURCHASE ONLY PRINT COPIES OF THE BOOKS, NO ELECTRONIC VERSIONS. 1. Course package/reader (available at Clemson Copy Shop, 384 College Ave) 2. George Orwell, 1984, ISBN 978-0451524935 3. Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, ISBN 978-1451673319 Lucian Ghita – course syllabus 3 4. J. M. Coetzee, Waiting for the Barbarians: A Novel, ISBN 978- 0143116929 5. Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, ISBN 978-0743477567. 6. Beckett, Waiting for Godot, ISBN 978-0802144423 COURSE REQUIREMENTS 1. Attendance and participation You are expected to come to class on-time and be ready to participate. Your consistent attendance, participation, and note-taking are central to the success of the class and your success in it. In-class activities will include class discussion, group activities, short writing assignments, and pop quizzes. The section is conducted in seminar format, which means I will not lecture. You are expected to read carefully all the assigned materials before class, write notes in your notebooks or on the margins, and be prepared to discuss and think critically about specific themes and ideas contained by the texts. I will work closely with you to help you develop ideas and arguments for your final papers. More than three unexcused absences will result in lowering of your grade by half a letter grade (e.g. from B to B-). If you accumulate six or more unexcused absences, you will fail the course. Please be advised that the only excused absence is one that requires proof of outside activity be it school related (notice from your advisor/professor), job related (if an interview, bring copy of itinerary) or personal emergency (court attendance, death of family member, illness, illness of family member, injury, military duty, religious observance, scheduled surgery). If you don’t have the book or course reader with you in class, half an absence will be recorded for the day. Tardiness is disruptive to me and to your classmates. If you come in more than 5 minutes late to class or leave class early, half an absence will be recorded for the day. If I am late to class, wait 10 minutes before assuming that class is cancelled. 2. Readings You will be expected to read all assigned reading before class and come prepared with questions, comments and ideas. To understand the readings more effectively, I encourage you to take notes while you read. Notes should include your reactions: thoughts, reflections, insights, and revelations that come up for you while you read. During class, stay focused on the discussion and make sure you take notes. The notes will be helpful not only to understand the readings more effectively, but also to use at the end of the semester to prepare for the final exam. Use a specially-designated notebook in this sense. I will Lucian Ghita – course syllabus 4 check your notebooks randomly throughout the semester to make sure you are taking notes. 3. Film Screening There will be one required film screening during the semester: Fahrenheit 451 (dir. Francois Truffaut). Details about the screening location/time will be provided in advance. 4. In-class pop quizzes The quizzes test your knowledge of the reading for that day/week and will be unannounced. Missed quizzes will be scored as 0%. There will be no make-ups for quizzes, since I will drop the lowest one at the end of the semester. 5. Discussion board contributions (homework) In this course, you must publicly demonstrate your engagement with and understanding of the course material. A weekly writing assignment will be due on bb discussion board by 10 pm the night before class. You will use these posts to think about and respond to questions/issues presented in the readings, generate questions for discussion, and share your thoughts about the course material. In addition to posting a 300-word response, you will need to write two comments on your classmates’ posts in which you should actually say something meaningful, not merely “Right on.” You will need to complete the reading before posting a contribution/response on each particular day. For each discussion topic, you must provide a well-reasoned, thoughtful response that draws upon evidence from the text. The response to the assigned reading can take various forms: a close reading of a passage; a response to a specific question or prompt; or a thoughtful commentary to a discussion topic or issue. There will be 15 required discussion board contributions over the course of the semester. Although I will not grade each weekly contribution individually, I will assign a grade collectively at the end of the semester based on the regularity and quality of your posts (I’m specifically interested in the level of your thoughtful engagement with the text, article or film) and the quality of your comments on your classmates’ responses. Missed contributions will negatively impact your grade (half a letter grade will be deducted for every missed contribution). Eight or more missed contributions will result in an F for this specific portion of your grade. 6. Midterm exam The exam will contain three sections (ID/multiple choice questions; short- answer questions; longer essay question) and will test your knowledge of the readings discussed in the first part of the semester. 7. Final paper Lucian Ghita – course syllabus 5 A three-page close analysis of a passage from a reading discussed during the semester. The analysis should pay close attention to the use of style, plot, imagery, character, and overall symbolism in the respective passage and show how these elements convey a meaning, theme, or idea. A detailed paper prompt and rubric will be provided toward the end of the semester. 8. Class Etiquette Laptops and other electronic devices are not permitted unless approved by me beforehand. You will be asked to leave and marked absent for the day if I see you engaging in unauthorized device use. Bathroom needs should be attended to before class. 9. Communication etiquette Contacting Your Instructor: University guidelines require students and instructors to use university email accounts or the secure messaging feature of the course Learning Management System to conduct course- related electronic correspondence. Make sure you are brief and professional in your correspondence. Use basic letter-writing etiquette and include: contact information, salutation (greeting), body of letter, closing, and signature. Instructor Response Time: During weekdays, unless otherwise noted in an announcement, I will respond to all emails within 24 hours and, in most cases, much sooner than that. During weekends, I will respond to all emails Sunday evening. 10. Office hours and Appointments I will be available for any questions, problems, or ideas that you may have concerning the reading or writing assignments during my office hours or by appointment. UNIVERSITY STATEMENT ON INCLEMENT WEATHER Any exam that was scheduled at the time of a class cancellation due to inclement weather will be given at the next class meeting unless contacted by the instructor. Any assignments due at the time of a class cancellation due to inclement weather will be due at the next class meeting unless contacted by the instructor. Any extension or postponement of assignments or exams must be granted by the instructor via email or Blackboard within 24 hours of the weather related cancellation. FEEDBACK Feedback: I am always happy to offer you feedback on your work in progress. As you're drafting, feel free to send quick questions about theses, introductions, organization, etc. via email, but keep in mind that it takes time to offer detailed comments on full drafts. If you have questions about MLA citation or format, please use google and try to find the answer on your own before contacting me. Lucian Ghita – course syllabus 6 WRITING HELP Clemson offers several writing and research resources, and I encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities. You can schedule an appointment with a writing tutor at the Writing Center, located in room 307 of the Academic Success Center and open from 10AM to 4PM, Monday through Thursday: http://clemson.edu/caah/writingcenter. I also encourage you to take advantage of the library resources offered by Clemson (research sessions, drop-in workshops, etc.). For a list of upcoming events, visit http://www.clemson.edu/libreg/ or contact Camille Cooper (firstname.lastname@example.org), research librarian for English, Film, Performing Arts ad Digital Humanities. GRADING SYSTEM Clemson University’s grading system is described in the 2015-2016 Undergraduate Announcements, p. 27-29. Grades of A, B, C, D, F, I, P, NP and W may be given in accordance with academic regulations. For more information on this grading system, please see the Registrar’s web site at http://www.registrar.clemson.edu/html/finalGrades.htm. GRADE BREAKDOWN Attendance and Participation (in-class contributions, note-taking) 25% Midterm exam: 20% Quizzes 20% Homework 15% Final paper 20% A = 100-90 B = 89-80 C = 79-70 D = 69-60 F = 59-0 * FINAL GRADES WILL NOT BE ROUNDED. I WILL NOT NEGOTIATE GRADES, NOR WILL I CONDUCT ANY CONVERSATION ABOUT GRADES VIA EMAIL. IF YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC GRADE GOAL IN MIND FOR THIS COURSE, MAKE SURE YOU COME AND DISCUSS IT WITH ME EARLY IN THE SEMESTER. GRADING CRITERIA Papers will be graded according to the following criteria: A: Outstanding or Superior. Contains an insightful thesis; offers an exceptionally well- developed argument in every paragraph. Provides an excellent interpretation and analysis of the material, with an accomplished formal organization. Presents material in a fresh and exciting way. B: Excellent or Very Good. Contains a discernable thesis; offers a well- developed argument in most paragraphs. Provides a commendable Lucian Ghita – course syllabus 7 interpretation that is well reasoned in most of its evidence and analysis; presents a clearly organized paper with a minimum of errors in its formal structure. Fulfills requirements. C: Satisfactory. Contains a vague thesis or one that is too broad, general, or banal; lacks logical development or good reasoning in places. Provides a good interpretation of the topic, with average (i.e., somewhat general, broad, and predictable) handling of the evidence and analysis; exhibits several problems in the organization of the paper. Fulfills all requirements of the assignment. D: Unsatisfactory. Contains no thesis; falls short on one or more of the assignment requirements; provides a weak interpretation, insufficient evidence, and/or poor analysis; demonstrates poor handling of the formal aspects of the paper. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY STATEMENT As members of the Clemson University community, we have inherited Thomas Green Clemson’s vision of this institution as a “high seminary of learning.” Fundamental to this vision is a mutual commitment to truthfulness, honor, and responsibility, without which we cannot earn the trust and respect of others. Furthermore, we recognize that academic dishonesty detracts from the value of a Clemson degree. Therefore, we shall not tolerate lying, cheating, or stealing in any form.. Possible ways in which a student might plagiarize: •Copying and pasting off internet sources •Using a source’s exact words without quotation marks (even if the source is cited in-text) •Using a source’s information without citing at all •Using another paper as a template for organization, whether the source is cited or not •Getting ideas or inspiration from an outside source without proper citation •Citing (or not citing) in such a way that your ideas and your research are indistinguishable •Re-using an essay from another course without express written permission from your current instructor * Work that has been turned in for credit for a previous course will not receive credit. DISABILITY SERVICES Students with disabilities requesting accommodations should make an appointment with Dr. Margaret Camp (656-6848), Director of Disability Services, to discuss specific needs within the first month of classes. Students should present a Faculty Accommodation Letter from Student Disability Services when they meet with instructors. Accommodations are not retroactive and new Faculty Accommodation Letters must be presented each semester. Lucian Ghita – course syllabus 8 NON-DISCRIMINATION Clemson University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, veteran’s status, genetic information or protected activity (e.g., opposition to prohibited discrimination or participation in any complaint process, etc.) in employment, educational programs and activities, admissions and financial aid. This includes a prohibition against sexual harassment and sexual violence as mandated by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. This policy is located at http://www.clemson.edu/campus-life/campus- services/access/title-ix/. Mr. Jerry Knighton is the Clemson University Title IX Coordinator. He also is the Director of Access and Equity. His office is located at 111 Holtzendorff Hall, 864.656.3181 (voice) or 864.565.0899 (TDD). ACADEMIC AND STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES Clemson University provides a number of services to help you succeed. Please check out the following sites for important information: • Academic Success Center: http://www.clemson.edu/asc/staff.html • The Writing Center: http://www.clemson.edu/centers-institutes/writing • Clemson Online Library Guides: http://libguides.clemson.edu/distanceed • Academic Advising: http://www.clemson.edu/academics/advising/index.html • Current Students: http://www.registrar.clemson.edu/html/indexStudents.ht COURSE CALENDAR (readings are subject to minor changes, which will be announced in advance) Unit 1: Censorship and Fictional Representation Week 1 Jan 6: Introduction to the course; Syllabus discussion Jan 8: Ramayana (R – Reader) Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus (R – Reader) Week 2 Jan 11: GAME DAY (NO CLASS) Jan 13: Salman Rushdie, “On Censorship” (R) Jan 15: Plato, The Republic (Books 3, 10) (R) Week 3 Jan 18:NO CLASS – MLK DAY Jan 20: Plato, “Allegory of the Cave” Lucian Ghita – course syllabus 9 Jan 20: Last day to drop class without a W grade Jan 22: Sontag, “In Plato’s Cave” (cont.) Unit 2: Political Censorship and Dystopia Week 4 Jan 25: Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 (1-38) Jan 27: Fahrenheit 451 (38-65) Jan 29: Fahrenheit 451 (67-106) Week 5 Feb 1: Fahrenheit 451 (107-138) Feb 3: Fahrenheit 451 (138-158) Film screening: Francois Truffaut, Fahrenheit 451 (UK, 1966) Feb 5: Discussion Francois Truffaut, Fahrenheit 451 Week 6 Feb 8: Orwell, 1984 (1-32) Feb 10: 1984 (33-72) Feb 12: 1984 (72-121) Week 7 Feb 15: 1984 (121-159) Feb 17: 1984 (160-194) Feb 19: 1984 (194-232) Week 8 Feb 22: 1984 (232-266) Feb 24: Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice (Act 1) Feb 26: The Merchant of Venice (Act 2) Unit 3: Religious Censorship Week 9 Feb 29: The Merchant of Venice (Act 3) Mar 2: The Merchant of Venice (Act 4) Mar 4: The Merchant of Venice (Act 5) Week 10 Mar 7: The Merchant of Venice – discussion of film Mar 9: Exam review Mar 11: MIDTERM EXAM Mar 11: Last day to drop class without final grades Lucian Ghita – course syllabus 10 SPRING BREAK Week 11 Mar 21: Coetzee, Waiting for the Barbarians (Ch. I) Mar 23: Waiting for the Barbarians (Ch. II) Mar 25: Waiting for the Barbarians (Ch. III) Week 12 Mar 28: Waiting for the Barbarians (Ch. IV) Mar 30: Waiting for the Barbarians (Ch. V) Apr 1: Waiting for the Barbarians (Ch. VI) Week 13 Apr 4: Coetzee, “Emerging from Censorship” (R) Apr 6: Peter McDonald, “J. M. Coetzee and the Idea of the Public Intellectual” (R) Apr 8: Beckett, Waiting for Godot Week 14 Apr 11: Waiting for Godot Apr 13: Waiting for Godot Apr 15: Waiting for Godot Week 15 Apr 18: Holbrook, Fear of Books (R) Apr 20: Final paper workshop Apr 22: Concluding remarks FINAL PAPERS TO BE UPLOADED ON BB BY 10PM
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