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J. Michael Stitt
phone: 702 895-3909
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e-mail: jmstitt@unlv.nevada.edu


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Spring, 2004
Classroom: CBC C122
MWF 9:30 - 10:20


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Office and Hours:
FDH 629
MWF 10:30 - 12
and by appointment

SYLLABUS

Texts:

anonymous, Beowulf
Lord Dunsany, The King of Elfland's Daughter
Neil Gaiman, American Gods
Elizabeth Haydon, Rhapsody
Guy Gavriel Kay, The Lion of Al-Rassan

Terry Pratchett, Witches Abroad
J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings


Course Philosophy
:

We will approach the texts with regard to two central critical principles. The first is Kurt Ranke's concept of ontological archetypes -- the idea that certain genres recur regularly because they satisfy fundamental human needs. The second is Mikhail Bakhtin's concept of the dialogic -- the idea that certain works of literature can be understood as continuing a dialog with previously composed texts.

Grading:

Termpaper #1(due 2/27) -- 15% -- a paper of approximately 5 typed pages on an appropriate topic of your choice. Your paper will be posted temporarily on this website (with a nom de plume) in order to garner . . .
Responses #1 (due 3/13) -- 10% -- three responses of approximately 1 typed page each to any three of the termpapers.

 

 

Termpaper #2 (due 4/2 -- 15% -- a paper of approximately 5 typed pages on an appropriate topic of your choice. Your paper will be posted temporarily on this website (under a nom de plume, if you wish) in order to garner . . .
Responses #2 (due 4/16) -- 10% -- three responses of approximately 1 typed page each to any three of the termpapers.

 

Oral Presentation (beginning 4/26) -- 20% -- in-class presentation lasting no longer than 8 minutes (and I will cut you off), based on . . .
Final Termpaper (due at beginning of final exam period, 8 am, Friday, May 14) -- 30% -- a paper of approximately 10 typed pages that addresses critically some work of fantasy other than those we read in class.

Course Policies:

Late Work: I will accept late papers, but will deduct one letter grade unless there are compelling extenuating circumstances. The same applies to the oral presentations.



Attendance: I will not take role, but regular attendance and involvement in class are expected.


Submissions: All work must be typed. Hardcopy is acceptable, but electronic submissions are encouraged. Regardless of the manner of submission, keep a copy of everything you submit.



Readings
: The following schedule is approximate.

Readings
Secondary Material
1/19
Holiday -- No Class
1/21
introduction
1/23
introduction
1/26
The King of Elfland's Daughter
The Negotiation of Reality
1/28
The King of Elfland's Daughter
1/30
The King of Elfland's Daughter
2/2
Beowulf
2/4
Beowulf
2/6
Beowulf
2/9
Beowulf
Tolkien, "The Monsters and the Critics"
2/11
Rings, vol. I
2/13
Rings, vol. I
2/16
Holiday -- No Class
2/18
Rings, vol. I
2/20
Rings, vol. II
2/23
Rings, vol. II
2/25
Rings, vol. II
2/27
Rings, vol. III -- Paper One Due
3/1
Rings, vol. III
3/3
Rings, vol. III
3/5
Lion
3/8
Lion
3/10
Lion
3/12
Lion
3/15
American Gods
3/17
American Gods
3/19
American Gods
3/22
American Gods
3/24
Witches Abroad
3/26
Witches Abroad
3/29
Witches Abroad
3/31
Witches Abroad
4/2
Witches Abroad -- Paper Two Due
4/5
Holiday -- No Class
4/7
Holiday -- No Class
4/9
Holiday -- No Class
4/12
Rhapsody
4/14
Rhapsody
4/16
Rhapsody
4/19
Rhapsody
4/21
Class Presentations
4/23
Class Presentations
4/26
Class Presentations
4/28
Class Presentations
4/30
Class Presentations
5/3
Class Presentations
5/5
Class Presentations
5/7
Class Presentations
5/14
8:00 am -- Termpapers Due

 

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