Introduction to Literature
HUMALIT EB | Term 3, AY 2017-18 | Undergraduate
Tuesdays and Thursdays | 1245 to 1415 | V509
Department of Literature, De La Salle University Philippines – Manila
Instructor: Dr. Carlos M. Piocos III | Caloy | piocos.carlos@gmail.com | www.carlospiocos.com

 

Course description

This is a foundational course that guides the learner through a study of literature as an expression of human experience and social values, and as creative responses towards the flux of life. Selected texts will provide the learner with opportunities to: (1) examine literature in its various forms; (2) familiarize one’s self with the elements that characterize each genre, and (3) analytically and critically explore texts as they express the dialogic relations within societies.

This course looks into literature as resources for cultivating not just ideas on grounding and identities but also emotions of empathy and solidarity to the Other. In short, it looks into how literary texts help us define our local and national identities (inflected by our own gender, race and ethnicity) in the context of diverse global, multicultural and transnational realities, formulating ideas on how texts shape the way we look at ourselves at home in the world and in relation to others. This means that we take the appreciation of Literature as a mode of expanding our notion of homely (the Self and point of view) to include and embrace those that we consider strange, unfamiliar and unhomely (unheimlich),

The course shall enable the learner to (1) define literature or come up with a personal definition of literature, (2) identify elements, types and the nature of various literary genres, (3) develop critical thinking skills through applying modes of literary analysis. Most class activities entail discussion in class as well as participation in discussions led by your peers. By the end of the course, the learner should have developed a personal framework for the analysis, appreciation, and assessment of literature.

 

Course Syllabus and Readings

Readings for Week 1 Introduction: Download

Readings for Poetry: Download

Readings for Fiction: Download

You will be assigned with either VJ Campilan’s All My Lonely Islands or Glenn Diaz’ The Quiet Ones. You need to secure a copy of the book. Both books are widely available on bookstores.

Course Schedule:

May 23: Course Introduction
May 25: Why Humanities? Why Literature?

·       Frye, Northrop. “The Role of the Humanities.” Canadian International Youth Letter.

·       Behling, David. “On Studying the Humanities: What does it mean to be human?”

·       Nussbaum, Martha. “The Silent Crisis” and “Cultivating Imagination: Literature and the Arts” in Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities. NJ: Princeton University Press, 2010. 1-12; 95-120.

May 30: Poetry 1

·       Kendrick Lamar, Damn. (“Duckworth,” “XXX”, “Fear”, “Element,” and “DNA”)

June 1: Poetry 1

·       Kendrick Lamar, Damn. (“Duckworth,” “XXX”, “Fear”, “Element,” and “DNA”)

June 6: Poetry 2

·       Selected poems from Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong (“Aubade with the Burning City,” “The Gift,” “Self Portrait as Exit Wounds,” ‘Deto(nation),” and “Someday I’ll Love Ocean Vuong”)

June 8: Poetry 2

·       Selected poems from Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong (“Aubade with the Burning City,” “The Gift,” “Self Portrait as Exit Wounds,” ‘Deto(nation),” and “Someday I’ll Love Ocean Vuong”)

June 13: Poetry 3

·      Selected poems from Dark Hours by Conchitina Cruz (“Dear City,” I must say this about the City,” I must say this about the city,” “Elegy,” and “You, there”)

June 15: Poetry 3

·       Selected poems from Dark Hours by Conchitina Cruz (“Dear City,” I must say this about the City,” I must say this about the city,” “Elegy,” and “You, there”)

June 20: Poetry 4

·       Selected poems from Zero Gravity by Eric Gamalinda (“Memory is not the Privilege of the Poor,” “When the Heart Flies from Its Place,” “Manifesto for Myself,” “Enough,” and “The Opposite of Nostalgia”)

June 22: Poetry 4

1.     Selected poems from Zero Gravity by Eric Gamalinda (“Memory is not the Privilege of the Poor,” “When the Heart Flies from Its Place,” “Manifesto for Myself,” “Enough,” and “The Opposite of Nostalgia”)

June 27: Alternative Class: Art-in-Action

Watch the Play: Anton Juan’s RD3RD, June 25, 2018, 10 am or 3pm, Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium

June 29: Alternative Class: Art-in-Action

Watch the Play: Anton Juan’s RD3RD, June 25, 2018, 10 am or 3pm, Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium

 

Submission of Short Writing Assignment on Poetry

 

July 4: Film Viewing: Richard III (1995)
July 6: Discussion

·       William Shakespeare’s Richard III and Anton Juan’s RD3RD

July 11: Fiction 1

·       Selected stories from Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (“When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine,” “Interpreter of Maladies”, and “The Third and Final Continent”)

July 13: Fiction 1

·       Selected stories from Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (“When Mr. Pirzada Came to Dine,” “Interpreter of Maladies”, and “The Third and Final Continent”)

July 18: Fiction 2

·       Selected stories from In the Country: Stories by Mia Alvar (“Kontrabida,” “Shadow Families” and “Esmeralda”)

July 20: Fiction 2

·       Selected stories from In the Country: Stories by Mia Alvar (“Kontrabida,” “Shadow Families” and “Esmeralda”)

July 25: No Class: Alternative Class (Read the Assigned Novel)
July 27: No Class: Alternative Class (Read the Assigned Novel)

 

Submission of Short Writing Assignment on Fiction

August 1: No Class: Alternative Class (Finish the Assigned Novel)
August 3: No Class: Alternative Class (Finish the Assigned Novel)
August 8: Discussion of VJ Campilan’s All My Lonely Islands
August 10: Discussion of Glenn Diaz’s The Quiet Ones
August 15: Oral Examinations: students who are assigned for All My Lonely Islands
August 17: Oral Examinations: students who are assigned for The Quiet Ones
August 22 No Class (Finals Week)
August 17 No Class (Finals Week) Release of Final Grades and Online Consultations

 

Course Grading:

Attendance                                                     20%

Recitation                                                       20%

First Short Writing Assignment            20%

Second Short Writing Assignment       20%

Oral Exams                                                    20%

 

Course Requirements

Attendance: 20%

You will be given ONE point for each of your attendance in class (which includes sessions of film showing or group presentation). This point will be reduced when you come in late in class (after the initial roll call). Students who have perfect attendance will be given FIVE incentive points to the total of their grade (which is equivalent to a .5 increase in their grades). Excused absences will not be given any point and does not qualify a student for a perfect attendance incentive.

Recitation and Class Participation: 20%

Depending on the insight of your recitation, you are going to be given ONE to THREE points each time you contribute to class discussions in both lectures and group presentations (where you are not a member reporting). A recitation that critically interprets and interrogates ideas from our required readings and films, citing particular passages and pages from a text, is highly valued. The student’s grade for attendance and class participation will be set against the average grade of the whole class’ highest and lowest pointers. Those who will get more than the class average grade will retain their excess points as incentive.

 First and Second Short Writing Assignments: 40%

These takehome writing assignments will test your understanding of selected literary texts discussed in poetry and fiction sections of the course. These are sets of questions, all of which came from our previous classroom discussions, which you will need to choose four items to answer. Each item requires a short essay-form response, around 200 words in length. (4 questions= 800-words). You can NOT work with your classmates on these assignments. Your assignment must be submitted in both hard and soft copies, with the digital copy sent through the instructor’s email and the printed copy deposited at the mailbox of the instructor at the Literature Department before 5pm on the due date.

It should be in a Word document, double-spaced, using Times New Roman, font size 12, with your name, student number and email address clearly indicated in the upper left part of the first page of your exams. You must provide references for quotations and/or citations you use in all your work. This applies to images, sound clips and video clips as well. Refer to the MLA guidelines.

Turnitin details
Class ID: 18147943
Enrollment Key: villanelle

Oral Examinations: 20%

The class will be divided into two groups. One group is assigned to read, discuss and be examined on either of the two novels: VJ Campilan’s All My Lonely Islands and Glenn Diaz’ The Quiet Ones.

Each student will be graded on the question that s/he wil submit and the answer that s/he will deliver during the in class oral examinations. The student’s question will be framed according to themes that the instructor will draw out from the scheduled discussions for each novel (August 8 for All My Lonely Islands and August 10 for The Quiet Ones). The student’s question will comprise 5% of the oral exams grade.

Each student in the class will be given one VERY SPECIFIC question about their assigned novel (VJ Campilan’s All My Lonely Islands and Glenn Diaz’ The Quiet Ones). These questions will be selected from the best submission of his/her classmates. The student will need to answer the question within 3 minutes in front of the group. Your question will be sent to your DLSU email the night before your scheduled oral examination, around 7pm. You will be graded according to the organization of your answer, your presentation of ideas, and most importantly, how well you selected excerpts or passages from your assigned novel to demonstrate your point and how sharp your analysis of your chosen excerpts is (You also need to cite the pages from the physical book). The oral exams is scheduled on August 15 (for All My Lonely Islands) and August 17(The Quiet Ones). Further instructions will be given.

 

House Rules

  1. On excessive absences

You required to attend all class sessions, come to class on time and actively participate in discussions. He/she must come to class prepared, bringing the physical copy of the assigned readings at hand on the day as indicated in the course syllabus. He/she must be ready to talk about the class material/s and engage with the instructor and classmates.  You are only allowed 5 unexcused absences. You will automatically be given 0.0 for your grade if you got 6 unexcused absences. Excused absences

  1. The use of electronic gadget/s in class

Once the instructor calls the class into order, you should put away your gadgets immediately. You CANNOT use your gadgets inside the classroom. Any number of things will happen to your gadget/s (laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.) once the instructor sees it during class session: 1.) it will be confiscated, 2.) the instructor can read and share to the whole class what he can find on your gadget/s, or 3.) the instructor can use your gadget in front of the class (explore your social media, respond to the messages you are receiving, etc.

  1. On plagiarism

Take note that all written outputs are submitted on Turnitin. This shows how much your instructor demands intellectual rigor and originality for you as Literature majors. Plagiarism is a serious offence in this course and at the University. Presenting ideas, words and works of another person/s as if it is one’s own or presenting them without observing proper citation constitutes plagiarism. Any student who commits such act is liable to disciplinary action: automatic 0.0 in this course and/or a case at SDTO.

  1. On proper documentation of sources

This course follows the MLA guideline in documenting sources in all the writing requirements. For information, consult the website: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/

  1. On late and/or non-submission of course work:

You must complete ALL requirements to pass this course. He or she must submit the final paper proposal, final paper, group project proposal and the creative project of your group on or before the assigned deadline. Late submission of these requirements will only be accepted under exceptional circumstances, and is subject to deduction in marking. If a student has a good reason to request for an extension, he or she must email the instructor a week in advance.

 

Consultation Hours: You may visit the instructor at Department of Literature, 3F Faculty Center, on his consultation hours: 1 to 5 PM on Tuesdays and thursdays. Email the instructor one day before to ensure the schedule of appointment.

 

Please note: This syllabus is subject to change. Note any alterations made by the instructor immediately.

 

Course Instructor:
Dr. Carlos Piocos III
Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Literature, 3/F Faculty Center, DLSU-Manila
Consultation Hours: Tuesdays and thursdays, 1-5 PM
Email: piocos.carlos@gmail.com | carlos.piocos@dlsu.edu.ph
Website: www.carlospiocos.com