Comparative Literature 122 or "Critical Approaches to Literature II," is an introductory course to literary theory and criticism from the 19th century to the contemporary period. This particular course is specially designed to enrich your critical knowledge as Creative Writing students.
Throughout the semester, you'll be learning how to apply contemporary critical principles, concepts, and methods and techniques in analyzing and in writing your creative works.
We'll start each class with either a discussion or an exercise based on assigned readings (critical, literary, and cultural texts). You're expected, of course, to have read these assignments and to be ready to participate in class discussions and other activities. Expect, too, the occasional quizzes and exams. Most of your reading assignments will come from the following references:
Make sure you attend most of the class sessions (you're only allowed to miss about seven class sessions, otherwise you'll be given a failing mark for excessive absences; you may refer to the university’s Student Handbook regarding policies on absences and their corresponding penalties). But attendance in class also means your active participation in classroom discussions and activities. As such, you're expected to take responsibility in examining, exploring, critiquing, and challenging ideas, concepts, and methods and techniques taken up in class or in your assigned readings.
Aside from your class participation, and your quizzes and exercises, you're also expected to write individual critical analyses, using literary and critical theories, of Philippine literary or cultural texts (with emphasis on writings by Mindanao-based writers) as your final requirement. But you may also submit, as an alternative, an original piece accompanied by an explanation of how you applied critical principles and concepts in writing creative works.
Make sure you hand in assignments on time as papers submitted beyond the deadline may be deducted points for each calendar day it is late. No make-up test will be given for short quizzes since topics covered will be discussed during class sessions.
Make sure, too, that you don't present as your own someone else’s work or ideas. Such action may result, depending on the gravity of the offense, in a failing mark for the particular activity or course. In serious or repeated offenses, you may face possible expulsion from the university (please refer to the Student Handbook for your guidance).
Your rating for discussions, short quizzes/exercises, examinations, and final papers will be computed according to its corresponding percentage of the final grade: short quizzes and class participation (30%), exercises and exams (30%), and the individual analysis/alternative assignment (40%).
Your rating will be based on your participation in class discussions and activities on the following topics:
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