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English 2350: Backgrounds of Western Literature

The RISE & FALL of ATHENS in GOLDEN AGE DRAMA

Ed Tober, Assistant Professor
Department of English and Languages

Office: OAG 335           Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 9:30-10:30
Phone: 254.968.9285   
Email: tober@tarleton.edu  

Fall 2017: Section 010 @ 8:00 TR, OAG 112

Course Description.

Professor Tober's ENGLISH 2350 will introduce students to and rehearse them in textual, contextual, and intertextual strategies for thematically analyzing and interpreting classical Greek literature as an artifact of Athenian socio-cultural history, especially re The Peloponnesian War. 

Course Requirements.

DAILY GRADE: 40% (ALL DAILY ASSIGNMENTS)

Daily assignments must be concluded on time and IN CLASS for full credit--period, so attendance is imperative. Grades on daily assignments are, for the most part, quantitative; that is, a grade of  means that all aspects of the assignment were completed with a reasonable level of relevance and detail. A grade other than  reflects a relative level of incompleteness, and a zero means you were not present for that day's classwork. Your daily average will be computed using the following rubric: 

From the 100 at which your daily average begins,
each 0 subtracts 7 points,
each ½ subtracts 4 points,
each 
- subtracts 2 points,
each 
√ subtracts 0 points, and
each + adds 2 points (so your Daily Grade could exceed 100).

FOUR MAJOR ESSAYS (3 BRIEF PAPERS + FINAL EXAM): 60% (BEST 3 @ 20% EACH) 

A late paper will be penalized ten points per day, beginning at the time due, but will not be accepted more than three calendar days late. If you do not submit one by that time, you will receive a zero, irrespective of circumstances. Major Essay 1 is mandatory (i.e.,you cannot pass the course if you do not submit it or otherwise make a zero on it). However, a student may opt out of Major Essay 2 OR Major Essay 3 OR the Final Exam, since I will drop one major essay grade--but not a zero on ME 1

RECENT FAILING GRADE REPORTING CHANGES
In Fall 2015, Tarleton began differentiating between a failed grade in a class because a student never attended (F0 grade), stopped attending or stopped regularly submitting assignments at some point in the semester (FX grade), or because the student did not pass the course (F) but attended and submitted assignments the entire semester. These grades will be noted on the official transcript. Stopping or never attending class or submitting assignments can result in the student having to return aid monies received.  For more information see the Tarleton Financial Aid website.

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY and PLAGIARISM
Students are expected to be familiar with Tarleton's Academic Integrity and Academic Conduct policies on the Judicial Affairswebsite and should be aware that academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and will be punished severely. If I suspect that academic misconduct has occurred (plagiarism, copying from an unauthorized source, copying with another student, etc.), I reserve the right to examine a student on the content or any other facet of submitted work. Moreover, since there are no collaborative assignments in this course, I expect all submitted work to be done independently.

ADA ISSUES
It is the policy of Tarleton State University to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other applicable laws. If you are a student with a disability seeking accommodations for this course, please contact the Center for Access and Academic Testing at 254.968.9400 or caat@tarleton.edu. The office is located in Math 201. More information can be found at www.tarleton.edu/caat, in the University Catalog, or at www.ada.gov. Students are instructed to deliver their letters of accommodation during office hours or by appointment, not before or after class, to allow time for a conversation about the request.

CLASSROOM DECORUM
The following breaches of academic decorum will not be tolerated: sleeping in class, rudeness to another student, private conversations, leaving class without notice (unless physically ill, of course), playing with/listening to electronic devices (cell phones must be out of sight), etc. Frankly, these are "common sense" conventions for classroom courtesy, and failure to comply will result in a zero for that day's class exercise.

MISSION & CORE VALUES.
Tarleton State University provides an academically challenging education where learning is grounded in real-world experiences and effective teaching, research, scholarship, and service. As a member of The Texas A&M University System, Tarleton is rich in history and tradition while being committed to student success and diversity. Tarleton strives to develop moral and ethical thinkers, scholars, and leaders who demonstrate civility and integrity, while contributing meaningfully and responsibly to a global society.
INTEGRITY. LEADERSHIP. TRADITION. CIVILITY. EXCELLENCE. SERVICE.

ASSIGNED BOOKS (to purchase).

Aeschylus. Oresteia. Trans. Peter Meineck. Hackett Publishing, 1998. 

Sophocles. Oedipus Tyrannus. Trans. Peter Meineck and Paul Woodruff. Hackett Publishing, 2000. 

Aristophanes. Lysistrata. Trans. Sarah Ruden. Hackett Publishing, 2003. 

Euripides. The Bacchae. Trans. Paul Woodruff. Hackett Publishing, 1998. 

HANDOUTS.

Martin, Thomas R. Ancient Greece. Yale UP, 1996.

Thucydides. Book II (abridged). History of the Peloponnesian War. Trans. Richard Crawley. 15 August 2016 <records.viu.ca/~johnstoi/Thucydides/thucydides_2.htm>.

Thucydides. Book III, Chapter 17. History of the Peloponnesian War. Trans. Richard Crawley. 15 August 2016 <records.viu.ca/~johnstoi/Thucydides/thucydides_3.htm>.

Thucydides. Book VI (abridged). History of the Peloponnesian War. Trans. Richard Crawley. 15 August 2016 <records.viu.ca/~johnstoi/Thucydides/thucydides_4.htm>.

Guide to MLA Documentation.

Purdue OWL. "MLA Formatting and Style Guide." http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/owlprint/747/

Course Calendar.

DATE.    ASSIGNMENT DUE.

08-29    Hand out and Discuss Syllabus

08-31   Hand out KISO for Foley, "Introduction to Aeschylus' Oresteia" (vi-xxxvi); Watch The Greeks--In Class

09-05   Documentary Notes for Staging Classical Tragedy (30 min.); Handout Oresteia Reading Previews (3)--In Class   

09-07    Foley KISO Due; Hand out Rothchild excerpt re Athenian juries

09-12    Aeschylus, "Agamemnon" (3-66), Reading Preview Due

09-14    Finish Aeschylus, "Agamemnon" (3-66), Reading Preview--In Class

09-19    Aeschylus, "Libation Bearers" (68-113), Reading Preview Due; Hand out Martin excerpt (113-115, 143-154) and KISO

09-21    Hand out Major Essay 1 Prompt/Rhetorical Guide; Finsh "Libation Bearers" RP; Discuss Rothchild handout

09-26    Aeschylus, "The Furies" (117-160), Reading Preview Due; Hand out Thucydides, Book II excerpt and Reading Preview

09-28    Martin KISO (113-115, 143-154) Due; Hand out KISO for Meineck and Woodruff, "Introduction to Oedipus Tyrannus" (vii-xxviii)

10-03    Thucydides, Book II (abridged), Reading Preview Due; Hand out Oedipus Tyrannus Reading Previews (2)

10-05    Meineck and Woodruff (vii-xxviii) KISO Due

10-10    MAJOR ESSAY 1 DUE

10-12    Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, Reading Preview 1 (1-31) Due

10-17    Continue w/ Oedipus Tyrannus, RP 1--In class

10-19    Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, Reading Preview 2 (31-63) Due; Hand out Prompt/Rhetorical Guide for Major Essay 2; Hand out KISO for Ruden, "Athenian Democracy" and "Ancient Greek Warfare" (74-97)

10-24    Finish Discussion of Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus, Reading Preview 2; Hand out Thucydides, Book III, excerpt ("Melian Dialogue"), and Thucydides, Book VI excerpt ("The Sicilian Campaign"), and respective Reading Previews--In Class

10-26    Ruden KISO (74-97) Due; Hand out Aristophanes, Lysistrata, Reading Preview

10-31    Thucydides, Book III ("Melian Dialogue") and Book VI ("The Sicilian Campaign"), Reading Previews  Due

11-02    Aristophanes, Lysistrata, Reading Preview, Questions 1-4, Due; Hand out KISO for Woodruff, Introduction to Euripides' Bacchae (ix-xlii); Hand out Euripides, Bacchae, Reading Preview

11-07    MAJOR ESSAY 2 DUE; Hand out Prompt/Rhetorical Guide for Major Essay 3; Continue w/ Lysistrata, RP, 1-4--In class

11-09    Aristophanes, Lysistrata, Reading Preview, Questions 5-9, Due

11-14    TBA

11-16    Woodruff KISO (ix-xlii) Due

11-21    MAJOR ESSAY 3 DUE

11-23    NO CLASS-THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

11-28    Euripides, Bacchae, Reading Preview Due; Hand out Prompt/Rhetorical Guide for Major Essay 4/Final Exam

11-30    Finish Euripides, Bacchae, Reading Preview--In class

12-05    TBA

 12-12   FINAL EXAM: 8-10:30