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December 13, 2009

ENG 226: (Honors) Survey of World Literature II

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6 December 2009

Dear Honors Students and English-Majors,

I’m Dr. Hobbs. If you have been asked to read this, it is because you have enrolled in ENG 226 "Survey of World Literature II," section CAH1 for Spring 2010.

Welcome to the course. Please be VERY SURE that you understand that this section is an HONORS section (see the section number; that's what the "H" represents).

The Honors version of ENG 226 is open to anyone who is either in the Honors Program or is an English Major at Saint Leo. The Honors-designated versions of courses at Saint Leo are notably different than the non-honors sections. The textbooks requirements are . . .

. . . different, the classes are, generally, smaller, and the reading/writing/speaking expectation/standard is intended to challenge Saint Leo's brightest minds. Please be aware of this. However, please don't let this frighten you: the class will be fun and we will take the "quality over quantity" approach to literature, spending greater amounts of time with fewer texts. Just remember, if you are currently NOT an Honors student or an English major, be sure you are prepared for a course operating at this level.NOTE: One or two of you have asked me already for “special” permission to join—that’s okay.

By the way, if you were invited by the Honors Program to join, but never did, please contact Dr. Jacci White at: Jacci.white [at] saintleo.edu

Ok, with all that now out of the way, I customarily provide those already signed up with the opportunity to purchase their textbooks in advance. Of course, the campus bookstore will have the textbooks in supply (at their prices) but, if you want to look on www.amazon.com or www.ebay.com or www.half.com (all services I have used personally and recommend), to find bargain-priced, second-hand texts, here are the texts you'll need to purchase for the course:

1. Tartuffe and Other Plays
Author: Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Molière (France).
ISBN-10: 0451530330; ISBN-13: 978-0451530332 ($7.95-New from Amazon)

2. Faust: Part 1
Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Germany).
ISBN-10: 0140449019; ISBN-13: 978-0140449013 ($8.80-New from Amazon)

3. The Diary of a Madman and Other Stories
Author: Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol (Russia).
ISBN-10: 9780451529541; ISBN-13: 978-0451529541 ($5.95-New from Amazon)

4. A Doll's House and Other Plays
Author: Henrik Johan Ibsen (Norway).
ISBN-10: 0140441468; ISBN-13: 9780140441468 ($7.91-New from Amazon)

5. The Last Temptation
Author: Nikos Kazantzakis (Greece).
ISBN-10: 068485256X; ISBN-13: 978-0684852560 ($11.70-New from Amazon)

6. A custom Coursepack (of articles, etc.) that will only be available from the University bookstore (approx. $30.00).

Other advice:

Be sure you use the SAME ISBN numbers if you order online. If you buy a different text, you will likely have a different translation and you will be lost in our course discussions. If you are an ambitious student, you may want to try and begin reading these stories during the holiday break so that you can have the advantage of “being ahead” when the semester begins. If you are really a “go-getter” you may even want to start looking up some of these authors on the well-respected Encyclopedia Britannica (warning: please do not trust Wikipedia for correct information) available on our SLU library website here: (http://www.saintleo.edu/SaintLeo/Templates/Inner.aspx?pid=6388&proxy.pid=7686).

In addition to Turnitin.com (sign up for your free account today—I will e-mail you an invitation soon and/or give you the course ID when classes begin), we will also be using my personal teaching blog, [the]English-Blog[.com], for many of our assignments. If you want to see what kinds of assignments my literature students have done for me in courses past, please familiarize yourself (and bookmark the URL) with the literature section of this blog here: http://www.english-blog.com/archives/english_teaching/literature/

Remember, do NOT purchase the books show for the non-Honors sections of ENG 226 (Norton Anthology of World Literature, Volumes D, E, and F). We won’t be using those.

I look forward to meeting you when classes begin.

Until then, happy holidays!

B. Lee Hobbs

Dr. B. Lee Hobbs, Chair
Department of English, Fine Arts, & Humanities
University Campus, Post Office Box 6665—MC2067
Saint Leo, FL 33574-6665
Office: St. Edward 335
Web: http://www.saintleo.edu/SaintLeo/Templates/Inner.aspx?durki=15853&pid=15853

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." ~T.S. Eliot

Posted by lhobbs at December 13, 2009 08:06 PM

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