FA17 220-02

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Humanities 220-02: Values and Culture

M/W 3.35-4.50 in HUM528

FALL 2017

Instructor: Dr. Sean Connelly
Office location/ hours: M/W 11-12 in HUM 219
Contact: connelly@sfsu.edu

The Project

HUM220 examines the connections between expressive forms (art) and values (ideology). Such links are not always immediately obvious, though clearly in moments of social change values come under scrutiny to be rejected, defended, or revised.

Taking this basic observation as our foundation, we will analyze literary and cinematic representations of social formations in crisis. What are the relationships between formal technique, socio-historical context, and dramatic content in particular genres and specific works of art? What can fictional narratives tell us about the real world?

In order to answer such questions we will read several historical novels written by authors from different parts of the world (Egypt, India, Cuba) and set in storyworlds characterized by upheaval such as Al-Andalus during the Reconquista, the Victorian Era British Raj, and post-revolutionary Haiti.

Our hypothesis is that these representations of the past not only explore the relationship between form and value, but that in doing so they unavoidably implicate the world we inhabit.

Learning Outcomes

Diligent students can expect to complete this course with a basic knowledge of literary and film analysis and a greater fluency in world history.

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or equivalent.

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Basic Etiquette

ARRIVE ON TIME,  work completed, with a hard copy of the assigned text. All assignments should be typed and include name/date/course. No electronic devices should be used during class.

Intellectual Honesty

CHEATING DESTROYS trust between teacher and student. If you can’t trust your teacher, then you deserve a new one. If you can’t trust your students, etc.

As a general rule any ideas/words that are not your own should be cited. Yet intellectual honesty encompasses more than actively avoiding plagiarism. For example, reading a wikipedia entry rather than an assigned novel or allowing others to do your work for you are examples of cheating.

See http://www.sfsu.edu/~vpsa/judicial/titlev.html

Accessibility

If there’s anything I should know about you as a student, please talk to me RIGHT AWAY and I’ll do my best to help. The DPRC is located in the Student Service Building and can be reached by telephone (voice/TTY 415-338-2472) or by email dprc@sfsu.edu).

Other resources

The SAFE Place – (415) 338-2208; http://www.sfsu.edu/~safe_plc/

Counseling and Psychological Services Center – (415) 338-2208; http://psyservs.sfsu.edu/

Additional information on rights and available resources: http://titleix.sfsu.edu

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Required Texts

Ashour, Granada 978-0815607656

Bennett, Havoc in Its Third Year 978-0743258579

Ghosh, The Calcutta Chromosome 978-0380813940

Kusch, Literary Analysis: The Basics 978-0415747103

Carpentier, The Kingdom of this World 978-0374530112

Ereader

PRINT, read, and bring the following texts.

Bennett, “Culture”: BennettCulture

Bennett, “Value”:

Villarejo, Ch. 2: VillarejoCH2 ; Glossary: VillarejoGlossary

de Groot, The Historical Novel: deGrootHN

Shaw, “The Historical Novel” in The Encyclopedia of Literature and Criticism via SFSU library

Films

The Other Conquest (Mexico); A Field in England (UK);

Internet Resources

https://sites.duke.edu/blackatlantic/sample-page/storytelling-and-representation-of-bois-caiman/painting-and-bois-caiman/

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The Work: Grading Rubric 

4-6 page Essay 15% (Write an informed and incisive academic essay on ONE of the 4 novels assigned for this course. You MUST use key terms drawn from Kusch’s Literary Analysis in a thoughtful and germane manner. Due dates: Mygale [10/3], The Calcutta Chromosome [10/31], Empire V [11/28], Devil on the Cross [12/12]. Further details forthcoming.)

Class Work 25% (class participation, group work, pop quizzes, in-class writing)

Midterm 20% (Short responses to key terms) 10/4

Film Analysis Presentation 20% 11/27, 11/29, 12/4

Final Exam 20% TBA

Students are expected to complete the assigned readings, think about what they read, and actively participate in class discussion. Late work will not be accepted.

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Week ONE 8/23

Wednesday

Course Introduction

Screen: Bob Dylan Chrysler ad: https://vimeo.com/88460484

Vintage Coffee ad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VprIbx4QkPc

Week TWO 8/28-8/30

Monday

Due: Complete the Questionnaire. Bennett, “Culture” and “Value”; Eagleton, “What is a Novel?”

Wednesday

Due: Kusch, Literary Analysis (Chs. 1-2)

In class: Close reading exercise (TBA)

Week THREE 9/4-9/16

Monday

NO CLASS

Wednesday

Due: Granada pp.vii-104

Week FOUR 9/11-9/13

Monday

Due: Granada pp. 105-150. Red Group: Screen The Moorish South: Art in Muslim and Christian Spain from 711 to 1492. Green Group: Screen The Moors: At the Height of Empire.

In class: Group activity.

Wednesday

Due: Shaw, “The Historical Novel”; Kusch, Literary Analysis (Ch. 3)

Week FIVE 9/18-9/20

Monday

Due: Granada complete

Wednesday

Due: de Groot, The Historical Novel

Week SIX 9/25-9/27

Monday

Due: Villarejo, Film Analysis

Wednesday

Due: Gibbs, Mise-en-Scene

Week SEVEN 10/2-10/4

Monday

Review

Wednesday

MIDTERM

Week EIGHT 10/9-10/11

Monday

Due: Carpentier, The Kingdom of This World

Wednesday

Due: Carpentier, The Kingdom of This World

Week NINE 10/16-10/18

Monday

Due: Carpentier, The Kingdom of This World

Wednesday

Due: Carpentier, The Kingdom of This World

Week TEN 10/23-10/25

Monday

Due: Ghosh, The Calcutta Chromosome

Wednesday

Due: Ghosh, The Calcutta Chromosome

Week ELEVEN 10/30-11/1

Monday

Due: Ghosh, The Calcutta Chromosome

Wednesday

Due: Ghosh, The Calcutta Chromosome

Week TWELVE 11/6-11/8

Monday

Due: Bennett, Havoc in Its Third Year

Wednesday

Due: Bennett, Havoc in Its Third Year

Week THIRTEEN 11/13-11/15

Monday

Due: Bennett, Havoc in Its Third Year

Wednesday

Due: Bennett, Havoc in Its Third Year

Week FOURTEEN 11/20-11/22

FALL BREAK

Week FIFTEEN 11/27-11/29

Monday

Film Presentations

Wednesday

Film Presentations

Week SIXTEEN 12/4-12/6

Monday

Film Presentations

Wednesday

Film Presentations?

Week SEVENTEEN 12/11

Monday

LAST CLASS MEETING/ FINAL EXAM