99年第2學期-0190 文討：喬治歐威爾 課程資訊
|Midterm writing assignment||20||Essay about Orwell as literary, cultural or political critic/commentator|
|In-class report||10||Presentations about relevant materials retrieved from iTunes|
|Final Paper: 50 %||50||Research paper (minimum 6 pages)|
|Participation||20||Participation in discussion ( inluding small group discussion); contribution to Orwell conference website; participation in Orwell conference|
In this course students will:
1. familiarize themselves with the essential Orwell, including classic essays (such as, e.g., “Why I Write”, “Boys’ Weeklies”, and “Shooting an Elephant”) and fiction (Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-four).
2. examine how and why George Orwell has achieved such a prominent and influential position in English literature and global culture.
3. learn how to research and make use of iTunes University and other on-line resources for studying literature and culture.
4. create and maintain a webpage for the George Orwell: Asian and Global Perspectives Conference which will take place on May 21, 2011 at Tunghai University.
5. develop their ability to analyze and interpret texts and other cultural media and foster critical thought.
This seminar is an iTunes University course which is being offered for the first time in Spring 2011 with the support of the Office of Teaching Excellence Projects. As much as 80 % of the course material will be retrieved from the on-line iTunes University and will include etexts, audio recordings, and video clips and lectures. George Orwell, who achieved lasting fame with Animal Farm (1945) and Nineteen Eighty-four (1949), is one of the most influential authors of the 20th cent. We will survey his essential writings (fiction and essay) and examine his lasting impact on contemporary literature and current discussions regarding politics, technology and popular culture. This seminar also serves as a preparation for the “George Orwell: Asian and Global Perspectives” conference which will take place at Tunghai University on May 21, 2011.
Office HourOffice Hours: Wednesday: 9-10 AM and Friday: 10.10-12 PM
Materials to be downloaded from iTunes University such as:
1. Etexts: George Orwell: Works (including Nineteen Eight-four, Animal Farm, A Hanging, Shooting an Elephant, Why I Write, etc.)
2. Audio: Christopher Hitchens on Orwell (Econtalk at GMU); George Orwell at UCL (3 talks); Orwell biographer Jeffrey Meyers on Orwell; George Orwell 1984: a radio dramatization (Classic Radio Drama presented by David Niven); Shooting an Elephant: read by Patrick McLean; a discussion of Selected Essays by Orwell (Univ. Of Warwick)
3. Video: John Rodden: The Politics of Literary Reputation: How Writers Become Famous (a 1-hour video lecture).
Students will research and present other relevant materials from iTunes (about, e.g., WW II, English literature between the wars, the history of socialism, etc.) and we will also use other on-line resources and the instructor’s personal collection of Orwell first editions and other books.