The School of Humanities Presents

World Literature II

ENG2113 / Sec. 1
Credit: 3 Hours /  MO 205
Spring 2012/ Tuesday Thursday.
Time:  3:20 pm - 4:50 pm

Instructor: Dr. Anderson M. Rearick III

Dr. Rearick's Office: Regents Hall 138
 (Within School of Arts and Humanities Suit in Regents Hall 138)

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Course Description: The purpose of ENG. 2113, World Literature II, is to expose students to a global vision of the human mind involved in the universal art of storytelling.  ENG 2113 World Literature II [3] is, according to the current catalogue, a "survey of literary classics from the Romantic through the post modern periods. Prerequisite: ENG153G."  This description is incomplete.  ENG 2113 will cover works from the age of reason and will include various genres by Western and non-Western writers (China, Japan, India, the Middle East, and Africa).  A review of the Norton text will show that both American and English authors are included.  However, because of American Literature I and II (ENG2103 & ENG2113) and English Literature I and II (ENG2073 & ENG2083) works this class will emphasize a non-English speaking cannon.  (Believe me there is still plenty to cover.)   

Class Procedure: ENG. 2113, World Literature II, will meet two times a week to assimilate lectures about and to discuss the development of literature from a global perspective. One of the fundamental concerns for this class will be the comparison of our Western "Bible shaped"  world views with other cultures, although the growing power of secularism plays a central role in the material covered. Also we will be spending a good amount of time the development of a world culture, which in the twentieth century passed on ideas and qualities into our own.  One of the most important questions with which we will grapple is whether writers outside our worldview have something to say to the Christian reader?  Besides works found in the three volume Norton text, students will also read The Dwarf   by Par Lagerkvist. 

Required Texts

ISBN-10: 0374521352

Norton Anthology of World Literature
(Volumes D, E, F): 1650 to the Present 
Edited by Sarah Lawall 





blue ball Class Objectives:

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  1. To examine ideas and styles of literature from the age of reason up to the present.
  2. To become familiar with some of the greatest authors in literature both in Europe, India, China and Japan.
  3. To consider the evolution of the following concepts: the roles of men and women, the definition of hero and his/her relation to society, the changing image of the individual, the changing values of society in each age, the conflict between fate and free will, the role of formal religion and family life in each age, the expressions of faith in various forms.
  4. To consider some of the important elements in the philosophies from ancient Greek to nineteenth-century to modern Existential view of life.
  5. To practice reading texts critically and carefully in order to find the textual evidence to support their interpretations.
  6. To promote within students the vision and ability to apply communication skills and knowledge to enhance personal relationships, human society and God's kingdom.
  7. To enable students to improve written communications through directed experience in their Discussions, their papers and exams.
  8. To acquire a knowledge of the assigned content matter

blue ball Evaluation:  

Class Participation - 20% (Online Discussion and Class Involvement and AttendanceReport on Critical Article -5%
Quizzes - 40% (12 quizzes given; 11 best scores counted)
Midterm exam - 20% (covers second half of course)
Final exam - 20% (covers second half of course)

Grading Scale:  Your recorded work, your attendance, your involvement in class and extra effort will all be factored into the final grade.

Chronological List of Assignments:

Test # 1 on Thurs. Feb. 12
Test # 2 on Thurs. Feb. 17
Test # 3 on Thurs. Feb. 28

Test # 4 on Thurs. March 5
Test # 5 on Thurs. March 12
Midterm exam on Thurs. March 19

Test # 6 on Thurs. April 2
Test # 7 on Thurs  April 10

Test # 8 on Thurs. April 16th
Test # 9 on Thurs. April 23rd
Test # 10 on Thurs. April 30th
Test # 11 on Thurs. May 7th (but no class it's Blue Green Day)

Test # 12 on Thurs. May 14th

Final exam on Tues May. 14th 3:00-4:50 pm.

Tests: There will be eleven (12) quizzes given; 10 of the best scores will be counted.  This semester Students should keep all returned quizzes since these make up the backbone of both the midterm and the final. Students must be in class to take all quizzes.

Midterm and Final Exam:  The midterm will be given on March 19th in class, right before the midterm break and will be based on the material from the first half of the semester--especially that covered in the first five quizzes.  Meanwhile the final exam, which is scheduled for Wednesday May 20th usual class 3:00-4:50 in our regular classroom and will have some questions from the first half but will be based strongly on the material covered in the second half of the semester.

Attendance: Since we are functioning on an intensive schedule, it is vital that you be in class throughout the semester--even on days when a play is being shown in class.  Three absences will be allowed and then five points will be taken from the student's final score at the end of the term.  Students who are involved in a recognized activity for the school (Mandate weekends, traveling musical groups, athletes) need to see the instructor ahead of time so arrangements can be made.

Class Participation: Lecture will only play a part in the class activities.  Literature is meant to be talked about.  Students are encouraged to express their opinions and share their unique insights.  Each of us brings something special to a text that is ours alone.  Your comments are very important.  I have been known to add extra credit to students who show an exceptional willingness to participate in class discussion.

Online Class Participation As part of the above grade, students should make seven (7) entries (about one every two weeks) in the Moodle online discussions.  Of course, more than six entries will be counted as extra credit.

The Literature Review of a Critical Article:

This is a new item this year.  You are to write in MLA format a report of an critical article found either within the hard text of the library or via the databases available through Ohiolink.  In a report I am NOT looking for you opinion but that of the critic.  State what he or she concludes and give some of the support the critic provides to reach this conclusion.  Like the final paper, this will be submitted via Turnitin.



Plagiarism: One of the goals of this course is to be certain that students know how to avoid plagiarism. Therefore, as mentioned above, you will be expected to turn in one major source (photocopies of cited pages) along with your paper. 

  1. Carefully label the top of each photocopied page with the author and page number of that particular source and include them with your paper folder. 
  2. Highlight or underline the used portion.  
  3. Failure to submit one source, will make the work incomplete, even if you document all your material. 
  4. Do not wait until the last minute to photocopy your sources, for they may disappear. Books may be checked out by others, and Journals may be sent to the bindery or simply misplaced. 

Furthermore, this year MVNU is initiating the use of anti plagiarism software called "Turnitin."  This will require you to submit an electric version of your paper to be evaluated by the program.  This system constantly scans the internet for essays and data.   MVNU takes plagiarism very seriously, sometimes even to the point of failing the student who has handed in another's work.

Disability Needs:  Students who qualify for and desire accommodations in this course due to a disability, as defined by the American s with Disabilities Act of 1990, must follow the Disability Service Policies and Procedures as put forth by the office of Academic Support.  The guidelines can be accessed in electronic form at the web address and in a hard copy at the Academic Support office.  Call extension 4540 for further information.  On a personal note, I am disabled because of eyesight, my son is disabled by breathing complications, and so I am especially sensitive to the needs and challenges faced by otherwise qualified students.  I "toughed" it out when I was at ENC, but the world has changed for the better and there are many resources available to you I wish I had, resources I in fact presently use in my office such as a close circuit TV attached to the screen of my computer as well as speaking programs which allow text to be read to me.  Pursue these things and see me if you have any such needs. 

Extra Credit:

A student can add extra credit to his or her grade by writing a review or reviews on outside reading concerning any of the works or authors covered in class (just like the literary review due on Feb. 26 in MLA). Furthermore, another options for extra credit are to view or listen to and then write a review about tapes or video films on reserve in the library within this field and extra entries in the online discussion boards.  Credit will vary according to the work..

A Cautionary Comment About “Extra Credit: Many students take advantage of the option of extra credit and I am pleased to offer the opportunity.  However, students should understand that extra credit does not make up for the overall performance in class.  Extra Credit is a boost.  If pursued to its fullest it can add up to about five points on your over-all numerical score.  That pushes a “B+” to an “A-” or an “A-” to an “A”.  Do not expect a solid “B” [85] to be changed to an “A” [93] by extra credit.  There have been cases when a high “B” [87] has been kicked up to an A- [90] but students in such cases were close to a B+ from the start.  Extra Credit works, but don’t expect more from it than it can give.


Literature on the Web:

As we make our way through the readings you may wish to visit my web page,
Dr. Rearick's Reading Corner, located at

Dr. Rearick's Readers' Corner

This address is reachable both on and off campus.  Those of you who are local and do not have a computer should remember that the Knox Public Library offers web access for a limited time, and--of course--the labs of the campus library and computer labs are available to you.

Other web pages relating to works of literature which might be of interest to the student can be accessed from this index page by title, author, genre, sub-genre, time period, or nationality.

I have tried to place some ideas and even sometimes some test questions connected with our class readings within these files.  Also in several cases there are links to study guides, e texts, and even connections to relevant web pages on the net.

Note that every work is connected to a page which gives biographical information about the author taken from the Encyclopedia Britanica.

If you wish to make your way through the front door and see what other faculty
are up to check out the MVNU internal web page at which for some reason comes up on my computer with the address of. . .

One special point of note:  Please do not print off my pages until you find out how long the document is and have asked yourself if you really need a hard copy.  You can check the document size  by going into print preview and then zoom in so you can read the text.  At the bottom of the first page will be the page number in comparison with the total pages.  For example, my "Dickens’ Christian Carol in Prose" article has at the bottom  ‘1 of 13.’  This tells you that there will be 13 pages of text printed.  Not bad, but my Pride and Prejudice study guild developed by Monarch Notes is 75 pages.  Librarians and computer lab assistants have been dismayed to find piles of such text flowing from their printers.  Please do not abuse this resource!

Class Schedule Spring 2012.

NOTE: ALWAYS READ THE INTRODUCTIONS TO THE AUTHORS before reading the primary text.  Not only are they informative, but they’re fair game for quizzes.
2012 Spring Class Schedule Dates:

Week One:  

Jan 30 - Feb. 3

Introduction to class  / The Nature of Literature -- special application to the novel

Thurs. Feb. 2

Opening comments on Literature

Opening comments about the World Novel

The World Novel:  A PowerPoint review of the genres which were the beginnings of the novel, "proto-novels," and the novel as a world genre


Possible Discussion Topics:

Week Two:
Feb. 7-11

Tues. Feb. 8  

Know these terms:

Canon        Romance Novel
Genre and Sub-genre Literature  "Belle Lettres" Satire


  Click here to go to online literary glossary <

Thurs. Feb.  12

Possible Discussion Topics:

Week Three:
Feb. 13-17

Tues. Feb. 14

Know these terms connected with Aristotelian Literary theory Vital for the NeoClassicist:


Hamartia  specifically Hubris Catharsis
The Unities Anagnorisis, Peripeteia

Thurs. Feb. 16 Faculty Development Day and Student Testing Day does not affect our session since classes resume at 12:40 pm

Feb. 13-17

Tues. Feb. 14

Know these terms connected with Aristotelian Literary theory Vital for the NeoClassicist:


Hamartia specifically Hubris Catharsis
The Unities Anagnorisis, Peripeteia

Meanwhile Click here to go to online literary glossary <>

We will continue viewing Tartuffe (306-328) [e-text] by Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere (304-306)

Thurs. Feb. 16

Finish viewing Tartuffe (306-328) [e-text] by Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere (304-306)

Student presentation video:

Online Quiz # 2

Trailer for an American Version of Phaedra:

British version (Helen Mirren / Phèdre/Epidaurus 2009 ):

Hand held (he must have smuggled it in)

green buttonWeek Four

Tues. Feb. 21

Thurs. Feb. 23

Possible Discussion Topics:

Week Four:
Feb. 21-25

Tues. Feb. 22

Thurs. Feb. 24

Possible Discussion Topics:

Week Five:
Feb. 28 - March 4

Tues. Feb 28 (2012)

Group One Oral Report

Thurs. March 1


Week Six: :
March. 7-11

Tues. March 8

Thurs. March 10

Week Seven:
March. 14-18

Group Two Oral Report

Tues. March 15: Readings are being drawn from Norton Vol. E

The Realists

Thurs. March 17:

Midterm Exam 

Friday. March 18 at 5:00 Midterm Break

Week Eight: :

March 21-25

Spring Break

Tues. March 22: NO CLASS 

Thurs. March 24: NO CLASS

Week Nine: :
March 28 - April 1

Tues. March 29

Thurs. March 31

Week Ten: :
April 4 -  8

Tues. April 5

Group Three Oral Report

Thurs. April 7

Week Eleven: :
April. 11-15  

Tues. April 12

Thurs. April 14

Week Twelve: :
April 18-22 

Tues. April 19

Thurs. April 21 

Good Friday is April 22nd No Class

Week Thirteen: April. 22 – 25 Easter Break classes resume on Tuesday: He Has Risen!”

Week Thirteen: :
April. 25- April 29 

Week Thirteen: :
April 30 - May 4

Tues. May 1

Thurs. May 3  Blue Green Day No Class

Know About

Quiz # 10

Week Fourteen: :
May 7 - 11

Tues. May 8

Thurs. May 10 Cinco de Mayo

Week Fifteen: :
May 14-18

Tues. May 15

Thurs. May 17

note One final note: Our World Lit II final. will be in the JSB Computer Lab on Thursday, May 17th from 3:00-5:30 PM.


Tues. April 26  

Group Four Oral Report

Thurs. April 28

Week Fourteen: :
May 2 - 6

Tues. May 3

Thurs. May 5

Week Fifteen: :
May 9-13 

Tues. May 10

Thurs. May 12


Week Sixteen:  
May 16 -20  EXAM Week 

Our Final Exam--on Tuesday. May. 17th 3:00 - 4:50 pm.  Note it’s 20 minutes earlier than our class time.

 Have a Wonderful and Safe Summer!

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