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English 8 Literatures of the World

1st Trimester, AY 2013-14 Instructor: Leo P. Buccahan

Philosophy (ERA) UC believes that EDUCATION is the foundation of a progressive nation in REARING the youth towards civic efficiency and the development of moral character that the benefits of higher education should be made ACCESSIBLE to everyone who deserves it. Vision (SIPAT) UC envisions itself as a community of SCHOLARS aggressively INVOLVED in the pursuit of knowledge who help PRESERVE Filipino culture and values to ACT POSITIVELY by training them to THINK CRITICALLY and CREATIVELY. Mission (FILL) UCs mission is to provide FUNCTIONAL knowledge and skills, dynamic INTERACTION and LEADERSHIP in various disciplines for a better quality of LIFE. * * * * * Course Description: This course involves the study of the literary genres as well as representative literary pieces all over the world. It aims at making students appreciate the literary forms through reading and analyzing selected representative literary text written by major writers in the different continents. Reading these literary pieces will enhance in the students knowledge and understanding of the varied cultures of human race. Credit: 3 units (4 hours and 15 minutes per week) Prerequisite: General Objectives: At the end of the course, the student shall be able to 1. Appreciate the role of literature to mankind. 2. Analyze literary genres in different countries. 3. Know and share insights on various cultures, traditions, values, beliefs and practices of peoples from around the world. 4. Understand and appreciate the culture of the different countries and experience acculturation to a certain degree. *Note: Specific objectives will be discussed in the beginning of every lesson. Bases of Evaluation: 1. Active and relevant participation in class activities, quizzes, assignments, research outputs, examinations, etc. 2. Collaborative projects and group dynamics Grading System: Prelim Grade 50% CS + 50% Exam Midterm Grade Raw Midterm Grade = 50% CS + 50% Exam Midterm Grade = 50% Prelim Grade + 50% Raw Midterm Grade Final Grade Raw Final Grade = 50% CS + 50% Exam Final Grade = 25% Prelim Grade + 25% Midterm Grade + 50% Raw Final Grade Note: CS is composed of group activities, seat works, quizzes, assignments, and research outputs.
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Course Content: A. Review of Literature 1. Definition 2. What is Literature? a critique by Terry Eagleton 3. Importance 4. Elements 5. Genres a. Fiction and Non-Fiction b. Prose and Poetry B. Reading Literature Critically 1. Reading for Realism 2. Reading as Experience 3. Reading for Structure 4. Reading Suspiciously 5. Reading for Culture C. Literatures of Asia 1. Facts and Figures: Asia 2. Introduction to Asian Literature 3. Excerpts from the Analects of Confucius 4. Of a Promise Kept by Lafcadio Hearn 5. The Food of Paradise by Ibn Amjed 6. Song XII, Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore D. Literatures of Africa 1. Facts and Figures: Africa 2. Introduction to African Literature 3. Where the Rainbow Ends by Richard Rive 4. The Heart of a Monkey A Swahili Tale as compiled by Edward Steere 5. The Beginning and the End by Naguib Mahfouz 6. Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles by Richard Dowden *Prelim Exam (July 3-4) E. Literatures of North America 1. Facts and Figures: North America 2. Introduction to North American Literature 3. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway 4. Fifth Business by Robertson Davies 5. The Soft-Hearted Sioux by Zitkala-Sa 6. A Reflection on 9/11 from What Moves at the Margin by Toni Morrison E. Literatures of South America 1. Facts and Figures: South America 2. Introduction to South American Literature 3. Piedra de Sol by Octavio Paz 4. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garca Mrquez 5. Su Nombre es Hoy by Gabriela Mistral 6. To My Brother Miguel in Memoriam by Ceasar Vallejo ** Midterm Exam (July 31 & August 1) F. Literatures of Europe 1. Facts and Figures: Europe 2. Introduction to European Literature 3. The Fall of Troy in Book II of the Aeneid by Virgil 4. Invictus by William E. Henley 5. Examination at Harrow by Winston Churchill 6. The Hunger Angel by Herta Mller G. Literatures of Australia/ Oceana 1. Facts and Figures: Oceana 2. Introduction to Australian Literature 3. The Haka from New Zealand 4. The Great Grey Kangaroo in "A handbook to the Marsupialia and Monotremata" by Richard Lydekker 5. The Stranger by Katherine Mansfield 6. No Place for a Woman by Henry Lawson 7. Flaws in the Glass by Patrick White ***Final Exam (August 29-Sept 2)

Assessment Tools: Oral/Written Quizzes, Seatwork, Group Output/Practicum, Drills, Learning/Reflection Logs, Portfolio, etc. Final Requirement: Reflection log of readings (choose one per continent) References: Brazalote, T.C. et.al (2010). Readings in World Literature. Mandaluyong City: Books Atbp. Publishing Corp. Tabotabo, C.V. (2007). A Travel to the Literatures of the World. Mandaluyong City: National Bookstore. All reading materials will be provided both in soft and hard copies and online sources are cited accordingly.