350:335:01 Literature and Law
Ehrlich, Spring 2010, Index #76364
WF3 Hill 115
Office: Hill 521, Hours: W 10:00-11:30am and by appt.
Class web page: http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~ehrlich/224
Required texts (at NJ Books and Bradley B&N Bookstore
Sophocles, Three Theban Plays (trans. Fagles, Penguin)
Aeschylus, Oresteia (trans. Lattimore, Chicago)
Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice (Bedford)
Camus, The Fall (Vintage)
Achebe, Things Fall Apart (Doubleday)
Online: Thoreau, Civil Disobedience | Melville, Tales |
This is andromeda.rutgers.edu/~ehrlich/335 | Improving papers: Please
|Week||Class||Schedule (Last updated April 28a, 2010) [* review
|Week 1 || Jan 20-22 ||
Law in Antiquity: Introduction|
Code of Hamurabi (excerpts) ||
|Week 2 || Jan 27-29 ||
Sophocles: *Antigone ||Greek gods
||In-Class Essay 1|
|Week 3 || Feb 3-5 ||Sophocles: *Oedipus the King ||Short Paper|| TBA|
|Week 4 || Feb 10-12 ||CLASS CANCELLED until WED. FEB 17
|Week 5 || Feb 17-19 ||Aeschylus ||*Agamemnon |
translation: I | II || *Libation Bearers, *Eumenides |
|Week 6 || Feb 24-26 ||Shakespeare,
*Merchant of Venice|| ||SNOW: Campus closed
|Week 7 || Mar 3-5 || Shakespeare
||Merchant, cont.||Bedford reports
|Week 8 || Mar 10-12 ||Midterm: essay & text analysis (Sophocles, Aeschylus,
Shakespeare) || Thoreau, *"Civil
Disobedience": Numbered paragraphs | Annotated
||Midterm exam ||Thoreau:
|Recess || Mar 17-19 || Spring Break|| -- |
|Week 9 || Mar 24||Meville,
*Bartleby Numbered paragraphs
|| ||Property rights vs. charity |
|Week 10|| Mar 26-30||Melville, *Billy Budd:
1948 version, w/notes
| Paper 3, Due Friday, April 2
||Military vs. civil law|
|| Apr 2-9 ||Melville: *Benito Cereno
Numbered paragraphs - New!
||TBA||The slave trade|
|Week 12|| Apr 14-16
||Albert Camus, *The Fall
||An existentialist view
||In-Class essay 3|
|Week 13|| Apr 21-23 || Chinua Achebe, *Things Fall Apart ||Traditional laws vs. written laws
|Week 14|| Apr 27-29 ||Achebe, cont. || |
|Final||May 7||Final exam: 8:30-11:30am|| [* works to review for final exam]
Do the readings for the six major authors, Sophocles, Aeschylus, Shakespeare, Melville, Albert Camus, and Achebe, spaced about two weeks apart, before the class meetings.
Class work will focus on independent reading and argument, supported by evidence quoted directly from the texts, not by borrowed backgrounds, summaries, or downloads.
Instead of a single term paper, each reading will lead to its own writing assignments, either to be uploaded the day before the class meeting or to result in an in-class essay.
Regular attendance is required; initial the sign-up sheet in each class segment. Submit an offical written excuse if you exceed three class absenses.
Class participation is a major element in your grade: ask questions, speak up, participate! The opportunity to revise or do extra credit work may be available for most assignments.
Check the class web site for readings, papers, exams,in-class writing, assignments,and any updates in the class schedule.
Please avoid using your cellphone, smartphone, computer or other personal electronic device during the class: in emergencies, use them in the hall outside.