The UP Catalogue lists Comparative Literature 150 or “The Literature of the Philippines in English I” as a three-unit course that involves the study of selected works in the literature of the Philippines, written in or translated into English, from earliest times to the 1940s.
However, given recent scholarship and the availability of more resources on the subject, we will extend our study of Philippine literature, written in or translated into English, from earliest times to the 1900s — when the American colonial government introduced public education in the islands — and from the 1900s to the 1950s, or a span of six decades. (CL 151 The Literature of the Philippines in English II covers the next six decades — the period from the 1960s to the present.)
By the end of the semester we should have a comprehensive knowledge of Philippine literary history from earliest times to the 1950s, knowledge that will help Creative Writing majors understand the tradition of Philippine literature in English. Specifically, we will be able to:
To achieve these objectives, we will have assigned readings for every session. Additional readings may be assigned in the course of the semester. We will also read other sources found in the CHSS Library or the University Library and online on the Internet.
After an orientation to the course, we will read the following assigned materials in preparation for class discussions and application activities on the following:
Classroom sessions will start with a quiz or exercise based on assigned readings. The quizzes or exercises will lead to classroom discussions.
We may refer to the university’s Student Handbook regarding policies and corresponding penalties for absences. However, attendance also means active participation in classroom discussions, activities, writing exercises, quizzes, and examinations. As such, we are expected to take responsibility in examining, exploring, critiquing literary texts up for discussion. We are also expected to have completed reading assignments before the scheduled discussion.
Aside from participation in quizzes, class/group activities and exercises, and final exams, we will also write for our final requirement a critical analysis of other works by writers listed in the course outline, or on other Philippine writers in English from the 1900s to the 1950s. This project will allow us to further explore the literary landscape of the period.
We are advised not to commit plagiarism or any other acts of academic dishonesty. Students commit plagiarism when they present as their own someone else’s work or ideas. Work that may be suspected of plagiarism will be returned to the student for corrections, and will earn the student a warning. Such work will only be evaluated once the necessary corrections have been made, and will be considered as a late submission. Repeated submission of plagiarized material by a student will result in, depending on the offense and frequency, a failing mark for the work or failing mark for the course or possible expulsion from the university (we can refer to the Student Handbook for policies on academic dishonesty).
Grades of papers submitted beyond the deadline may be deducted points for each calendar day the paper is late. No make-up test will be given for short quizzes since topics covered will be discussed during class sessions.
Our overall rating will then be computed according to its corresponding percentage of the final grade: quizzes/exercises and discussions (30%); final exams (30%); and the individual literary analysis (40%). ✍
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