Non-Western Literature
COURSE SYLLABUS

This course will be comprised of three short novels drawn from contemporary non-Western literature, which include:

The Dark Child by Camara Laye
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Bound Feet and Western Dress by Pang-Mei Natasha Chang

in addition to class handouts, video clips and lectures on the relevant history and culture out of which these works came, in an effort to illustrate the impact of the West on the developing literary movements in the non-Western world.

Students will be responsible for preparing the readings in time for class discussions and submitting, over the course of the semester, ten bi-weekly two-page typed journals on the ideas generated through the readings. (The journal schedule is on the back of this sheet.) This journal project is worth 25% of the course grade.

Each student will also be responsible for writing an 8-10 page essay concerning one particular aspect of any of the three works studied in this class. Once the essay has been prepared, each student will give a half-hour presentation of his or her subject, and may use any forms of media (i.e. news clippings, video clips, slides, photographs) to complement the presentation. The assignment dates will vary concerning these presentations and the student is responsible for submitting the paper with his presentation. Each is worth 10% of the course grade, for a project total worth 20%.

There will be an exam at the end of each unit concerning the material read and discussed in class. The format of these exams will consist of both an objective and subjective section, each worth 50% of the total exam grade. Each exam is worth 10% of the course grade and the dates are as follows:

French Guinea—February 2nd

Columbia—February 18th

China—March 4th

A comprehensive essay examination will be given March 11th and will be worth 25% of the course grade.

Because of the short duration of this course, attendance is mandatory. A student who misses class more than three times, for any reason, excused or not, will be dropped.

If you need to contact me for any reason, please feel free to call me at my home at (314) 752-9311, or e-mail me at SEBASTIAN@MAHFOOD.COM

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