World Literature I—WLIT 1113

University of Arkansas

Fulbright College Core Course

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Instructor: Ashley Robinson

Office Location: KIMP 232                                                   

Office Hours: M/W 1:00-2:00, 3:00-3:30 and by appointment


Required Materials:

  • Norton Anthology of World Literature 3rd Edition, Volumes A, B, and C
  • Consistent internet access and a computer that can open .pdf files
  • Batman Begins (2005)


Recommended Materials:

  • A writer’s handbook that has MLA citation guidelines


General Goal: The purpose of this World Literature course is to provide students with the proper analytic tools and background information for a fruitful encounter with great literary works from a wide range of cultural traditions. The course work will enable students to appreciate and to analyze critically texts from diverse genres, periods, and cultural traditions.



15%       Midterm Exam

20%       Final Exam

25%       Term Project

20%       Article Critiques

10%       Attendance and Participation

10%       In-Class Assignments, Quizzes, and Homework



Article Critiques and Term Project: You must submit an electronic copy of each article critique to SafeAssign by midnight on the assigned due date (see syllabus).   Parts of your term project must be submitted via SafeAssign, too. It is your responsibility as a student to make sure that you can successfully upload to BlackBoard; I will provide a testing portal for you so you can iron out any kinks long before the paper’s due date. I DO NOT ACCEPT EMAILED COPIES OF ANY ASSIGNMENT IN LIEU OF THE SAFEASSIGN COPY.



BlackBoard: It is your responsibility to acquaint yourself with BlackBoard, which can be found at This site will contain readings not found in your textbooks, the syllabus, paper assignments, and other ephemera important to your success in this class. Additionally, you are required to submit proposals and papers to SafeAssign on BlackBoard. Having said this, I won’t accept any “my BlackBoard didn’t work” excuses for late or failed assignment submission.


If you have any questions, or encounter any problems, you can contact UITS or visit its website at I’m also willing to help you work things out during my office hours.


Homework, In-Class Assignments, and Quizzes: To better explore the readings in class, I will often assign group work, individual writing assignments, and take home projects to encourage critical thinking. These assignments cannot be made up, even if an absence is excused. Additionally, because this is a literature class, you can expect reading quizzes almost daily.


Attendance and Participation: Attendance in this class is required and counts for 10% of your total grade. Absences work like this: 0-4 absences = no grade reduction; each additional absence will lower your grade in this category 10 points. For example, if you miss 2 days of class, your attendance grade will be a 100, but if you miss 6, you’ll have an 80. If you are tardy and miss roll or leave the class before it is dismissed, you will receive half an absence.   Having 10 or more unexcused absences is grounds for immediate course failure.


I expect all of my students to make a concerted effort to contribute thoughtful ideas, perspectives, and criticisms to our discussion of cultures and texts. Not only does this help you learn, it makes the course much more interesting. If you dislike discussion-based courses, or if you do not like participating in classroom discussions, this will not be the class for you.


Excused Absences and Make-Up Work: Absences will only be excused if the student can produce valid documentation. This means a doctor’s note for illness, an obituary for a funeral, a legal document for a court date, etc. These excuses must be provided on the next day of class. Important note: In-class assignments cannot be made up for any reason, even if the absence is excused.


You are responsible for the material covered in class. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to get notes from one of your classmates. If you are unclear about the lesson after getting a classmate’s notes, you can come in and discuss the material with me during my office hours. I will not give you a mini-lesson at the end of the next class period, nor will I send you a lecture via email.

Late Work: I only accept late work when it comes to major assignments, like the article critiques. Late submissions will be marked down 10 points per day. In other words, an essay that was due Monday but is turned in Wednesday will lose 20 points right off the bat.


Required Materials: It is important that you bring the assigned books and readings to class every class period. We will often reference exercises and examples from the texts, and without them, you will be unable to complete assignments.


Office Hours and Outside Help: If you have any questions about an assignment or need extra help, please do not hesitate to visit me during my office hours. If they don’t work with your schedule, speak with me after class and we’ll find a time that works for both of us—I’m very flexible when it comes to appointments. I am more than happy to answer questions via email as well. I usually respond quite quickly, and will certainly get back with you within 24 hours. Remember: I want you to succeed!


Also remember that there are many resources available to you to help with your success in this class:

  • Quality Writing Center: This is an invaluable resource for writers of all skill levels. The staff are incredibly helpful, and they will help you improve the content of your paper. You can visit the Center on the third floor of Kimpel, or check out their website at
  • Norton Online: The Norton Company puts incredible resources on their website. You can check out images and timelines, listen to name pronunciations, and even find discussion questions that can help you better understand the material. You do have to register, but there is a code in the front of your anthology that lets you do so for free. Check it out at


Cheating: DON’T DO IT. Don’t plagiarize, don’t copy another student’s exam, and certainly don’t try to pass off any work you didn’t do as your own. Any instance of academic dishonesty will be reported to the University and will be handled though


Inclement Weather Policy: Unless the University closes, we will hold class. University closures are always posted on the homepage.


Email: I send many emails throughout the semester, often with attachments. Check your UARK account regularly so you do not miss important correspondences.   Additionally, do not turn in any assignment via email. I will not accept them.


Cell Phone Policy: When you enter the classroom, you should make sure that your phone is either off or on silent, and put it out of sight. This means that cell phones cannot be placed on your lap, on the top of your backpack, on your desk, or sneakily hidden anywhere else. Talking on the phone and/or texting during class not only drives me nuts, but distracts your peers as well. Any violation of this policy will result in being asked to leave the class. Additionally, you will receive a 0 on any in-class work and an absence for the day.


Laptop/Tablet Policy: Since we’re going digital, feel free to bring your reading device with you to class whenever we have readings (please don’t bring them on days we’re viewing films).   Notice I said “reading”; that means I expect you to turn your Wi-Fi off when you enter the classroom. Please refrain from surfing the web, checking Facebook, or tweeting. Just like texting, it’s distracting for everyone. If you abuse your technology privileges, I’ll ask you to leave your device(s) at home for the rest of the semester. Then you’ll have to either a) buy books or b) print off copies of the assigned readings, and no one wants to do that.


Additionally, if another student engaging in disruptive digital behavior is distracting you, please let me know privately. I take my obligation to maintain a distraction-free learning environment seriously.


Classroom Etiquette: By coming to class, you are pledging to fulfill the role of a student. In return, I strive to maintain a classroom atmosphere where you can learn effectively and without distraction. In order to give everyone the opportunity to learn, if you are talking excessively, sleeping, bullying, texting, passing notes, working on assignments for other classes, reading the newspaper, painting your fingernails, doing a crossword or Sudoku, or engaging in any other disruptive behavior, I will ask you to leave the classroom. If you are asked to leave, you will lose attendance credit and receive a 0 on any in-class work for that day.


The Golden Rule: This goes without saying, but I’m going to point it out anyway. This class is discussion oriented, and I want everyone to feel comfortable participating. Because of the nature of this course, we will be dealing with religious and culturally sensitive texts. I can guarantee that at some point during the semester we will be dealing with touchy issues like religion, gender, violence, politics, etc. Thus, I ask that the classroom atmosphere remains one of encouragement and respect at all times. In other words, treat others with the respect you would like to receive. If you do not think you can deal with differing viewpoints on these issues with maturity and civility, drop this course now.



University Policies

Disabilities: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal antidiscrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. Moreover, the University of Arkansas Academic Policy Series 1520.10 requires that students with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to ensure their equal access to course content. If you have a documented disability and require accommodations, please contact me privately at the beginning of the semester to make arrangements for necessary classroom adjustments. Please note, you must first verify your eligibility for these through the Center for Educational Access (contact 479–575–3104 or visit for more information on registration procedures).

Discrimination and Sexual Harassment: Anyone experiencing discrimination and/or sexual harassment while at the university may report it to a complaint officer appointed by the Chancellor. The complaint officer will discuss any situation or event that the complainant considers discriminatory or constitutive of sexual harassment. Reports may be made by the person experiencing the harassment or by a third party, such as a witness to the harassment or someone who is told of the harassment. For more information and to report allegations of discrimination and/or sexual harassment, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance, 346 N. West Avenue (West Avenue Annex), 479-575-4019 (voice) or 479-575-3646 (tdd).

Academic Integrity: As a core part of its mission, the University of Arkansas provides students with the opportunity to further their educational goals through programs of study and research in an environment that promotes freedom of inquiry and academic responsibility. Accomplishing this mission is possible only when intellectual honesty and individual integrity prevail. Each University of Arkansas student is required to be familiar with, and abide by, the University’s ‘Academic Integrity Policy,’ which may be found at

Students with questions about how these policies apply to a particular course or assignment should immediately contact their instructor.

Attendance: Student absences resulting from illness, family crisis, University-sponsored activities involving scholarship or leadership/participation responsibilities, jury duty or subpoena for court appearance, military duty, and religious observances are excusable according to university rules. The instructor has the right to require that the student provide appropriate documentation for any absence for which the student wishes to be excused. Moreover, during the first week of the semester, students must give to the instructor a list of the religious observances that will affect their attendance.


Deadlines to drop classes:

  • Last day to drop a course without receiving a “W”— 9/9
  • Last day to drop an individual full-semester course (with a “W”)— 11/22
  • Last day to officially withdraw from all your classes (with a “W” in each)— 12/12