Comparative Literature 30B
Major Works of European Literature: Renaissance to Neoclassical

Special Announcements: The Second Essay is now due on Tuesday, November 23. Here are the Second Essay Topics.

Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro. Special showing, Wednesday, November 17, 1179 Chemistry at 7PM. The video is also on reserve in the Kerr Hall Media Lab on the second floor.

Lecture time and location: TR 11:00-12:15, Buchanan 1910

Enroll by section enrollment codes:
M 7:00-7:50, HSSB 1215. Enroll: 50245
F 10:00-10:50, ARTS 1241. Enroll: 50252
F 8:00-8:50, GIRV 2115. Enroll: 50260
T 8:00-8:50, HSSB 1211. Enroll: 50278
R 6:00-6:50, HSSB 1214. Enroll: 50286
M 6:00-6:50, HSSB 1215. Enroll: 50294
M 12:00-12:50, HSSB 1231. Enroll: 50302
R 6:00-6:50, GIRV 2127. Enroll: 50310
R 7:00-7:50, HSSB 1214. Enroll: 50328
R 5:00-5:50, HSSB 1231. Enroll: 50336

Instructor: James Donelan

Office: 1523 South Hall

Office Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 12:15-1:15, or by appointment.

Books: The books listed below vailable in the UCen bookstore. The links are to more detailed descriptions of the books on, and should not be considered endorsements of any commercial enterprise. Please use the editions designated below so that instructors can refer to specific pages and passages.

Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0140449302

Margarite de Navarre, The Heptameron
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 014044355X

Lope de Vega, Three Major Plays: Fuente Ovejuna/the Knight from Olmedo/Punishment Without Revenge
Publisher: Oxford Press
ISBN: 0192833375

William Shakespeare, The Sonnets
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0140714537

Rene Descartes, Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy
Publisher: Hackett
ISBN: 0872204200

Moliere, The Misanthrope and Other Plays
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 014044730X

Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0141439491

Heinrich von Kleist, The Marquise of O and Other Stories
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0140443592

Tim Carver, Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro
Publisher: Cambridge
ISBN: 0521316065

Course Requirements:
Students must attend all lectures and discussion sections. The amount of reading expected for each class meeting varies; students are urged to plan their reading schedules carefully. Students will write two five-page essays, a midterm, and a final, along with a brief prospectus for each essay.

Grades will be determined as follows:

The essays will be critical interpretations of a work or works examined in the course, using proper MLA citation style and scholarly secondary sources where appropriate. The midterm will examine the works and lectures from the first half of the course. The final will be a comprehensive examination of the entire course with emphasis on the second half. Paper topic suggestions, course policies, lecture outlines, and other materials will be posted on the course web site.  In addition, keep in mind the following:


9/23 The Study of Literature; Introduction to Boccaccio Notes

9/28 Boccaccio, Decameron: I, Prologue, 1-3; II, 4-7; III, 1, 2, 8-10; IV, Prologue, 1, 2, 5 (Numbers in the assignments for the Decameron refer to day, story, i.e. I, 1 is first day, first story.) Notes
9/30 Boccaccio, cont.: V, 1, 6-8, 10; VI, 1, 5, 7, 10; VII, 2, 9, 10; VIII, 1, 7, 8 Notes

10/5 Boccaccio, cont.: IX, 1, 5, 6; X, 7, 9, 10, Conclusion, Epilogue. Notes
10/7 Marguerite de Navarre, Heptameron: Prologue, 1, 3, 4, 9, 10, 13, 21, 24, (Numbers in the assignments for the Heptameron refer to the number of the particular story.) Notes

10/12 de Navarre, cont.: 30-32, 35, 38, 40, 45, 49, 56, 57, 64, 67 Notes
10/14 de Vega, Fuente Ovejuna Notes First Essay Due

10/19 Shakespeare, Sonnets 1-3, 15, 17, 18, 29, 46, 47, 53, 57, 58, 60, 64, 66, 69, 81, 84,
91, 105, 116, 121, 130, 135, 138, 154 Notes
10/21 Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy Notes

10/26 Moliere, Tartuffe Notes
10/28 Moliere, The Misanthrope Notes

11/2 Midterm
11/4 Swift, Gulliver's Travels Parts I and II Notes

11/9 Swift, Gulliver's Travels Part IV Notes
11/11 Veterans Day

11/16 Kleist, "The Earthquake in Chile," "The Marquise of O," "Michael Koolhaas," "The Betrothal in Santo Domingo," and "The Duel" Notes
11/17 Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro, Chemistry 1179, 7PM
11/18 Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro (libretto) Notes

11/23 Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro (opera) Notes Second Essay Due
11/25 Thanksgiving

11/30 Mozart, continued. Notes
12/2 Conclusions and Final Review Notes

12/9 Final Examination, 12-3