Alix Paschkowiak, Instructor, Comparative Literature Spring 2000 Office: 309 South College Comparative Literature Hours: M W 12-1pm & by appt. email: email@example.com tel. 577-1309 or msg.
545-0929 Spiritual Autobiography Mach W-25 T/TH 11:15-12:30 Lecture/Discussion Course Description & Objective: Spiritual Autobiography is writing about the self or the selves in confrontation with the unknown, during times of personal or social conflict, loss, and rebirth (spiritual in this sense does not necessarily refer to institutionalized religion). We will read autobiographies from several traditions and time periods. This class is reading and writing intensive.
The texts shall act as model and subject for good writing. Texts and Materials: Black Boy, Richard Wright Memoirs, Pablo Neruda one book of your choice* see list Oranges are not the Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce The Cavalry Maiden, Nadezhda Durova The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston Night, Elie Wiesel Buy at Atticus Bookstore, Main St., Amherst Requirements: " Written/oral responses to readings " Participation in discussion " Reading quizzes " Five Essays: 3 Autobiographies, 2 Critical essays " One Oral Presentation + brief essay " Take Home Final Exam " Note: all assignments must be completed, including the final, ... more. less.
in order to pass this course Attendance Policy: I expect you to attend every class meeting. On the fourth absence, your final grade will be lowered.<br><br> On the sixth absence, you will fail this course. Absences resulting from medical problems or other emergen- cies will be excused if proper documentation is submitted to me. I give extra consideration when assign- ing final grades to those students with perfect attendance.<br><br> Late Essay Policy: All late papers will be subject to a grade reduction. If you turn your paper in more than a week late, your paper will be returned to you with a grade of "F." Grading Policy: In determining your course grade, I will give slightly more emphasis to work done later in the semester, especially if you show improvement. In general, each essay counts roughly the same.<br><br> Participation, reading quizzes, and other special assignments also count in the analysis of your final grade. Course Schedule: Jan 27 Introduction Feb 1 Black Boy Feb 3 Black Boy Feb 8 Black Boy Feb 10 Memoirs Autobiography #1 due in class Feb 15 Memoirs Feb 17 Memoirs Feb 22 Oranges are not the only Fruit Feb 24 Oranges are not the only Fruit Feb 29 Oranges are not the only Fruit Critical Essay Due Mar 2 A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Mar 7 A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Mar 9 A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Autobiography #2 due in class Mar 12-20 Spring Break Mar 21 The Cavalry Maiden Mar 23 The Cavalry Maiden Mar 28 The Cavalry Maiden Mar 30 The Woman Warrior Apr 4 The Woman Warrior Critical Essay due Apr 6 The Woman Warrior Apr 11 Night Apr 13 Night Apr 18 Night Autobiography #3 Apr 20 Holiday Apr 25 Presentations Apr 27 Presentations May 2 Presentations May 4 No class - student conferences May 9 Presentations May 11 Presentations Date TBA Take Home Final due in my mailbox in 303 South College