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翻譯:劉柏志(簡介並寄信)
編輯:王晶(簡介並寄信)

課程描述

奧古斯都凱撒統治下黃金時期的羅馬文學,是在政治體制從共和轉變至帝制的過渡時期中產生,這些作品對西方的歐洲和美國社會,有著深遠且劃時代的影響。它們從根本上建立起美學的精細淬鍊、對哲學研究的熱切渴望,和政治的雄心壯志,這些仍為塑造現代文化的長久典範。本課程將會從歷史的觀點,替這些最先產生的不朽古典文學巨作,提供在文化背景上的精密審視,藉以來探討拉丁文學的黃金時期。而課程閱讀將會注重在奧古斯都凱撒統治下,從政府的共和體制轉變至帝國的過渡時期,個別作家對羅馬社會所經歷深刻結構改變的各類回應。獨特的焦點將會放在透過文字的社會重組和自我重建、公共與私有尺度的改變、階級和性別所扮演的角色,以及藝術與娛樂間的關連性。著作涵蓋廣泛的文學類型,包括凱撒、西塞羅、卡圖拉斯、李維、維吉爾、賀拉斯和奧維德等人的作品,並外加上迪奧的歷史著作,來協助瞭解歷史背景。

HASS-CI課程的標準

人文、藝術和社會科學的重點溝通課程必須繳交3至5次的作業(至少20頁),並至少有一次複查和重交。HASS-CI課程藉由口頭報告、學生的討論或者課堂參與提供學生大量的口頭表達的機會。為確保學生充分的寫作和口頭表達機會,一堂HASS-CI課程的最大學生容量為18人,除非此課程教授不按照課表進行(該院系的主管人員為導師)。在此情況下,如有一位寫作導師參與此課程,學生人數可增至25人。

評分標準

本課程的期末成績將會按照以下表格內的項目計算:

課程活動 分數百分比
課程參與 25%
讀書心得(3份,每份2頁) 15%
課內計畫 5%
研究計畫寫作(5頁) 15%
期末報告草稿(6到10頁) 10%
期末報告(10頁) 30%

課程參與

積極參與課堂討論在期末成績佔重要的部分。希望學生在每堂課都對指定的讀物有充分的準備,並且隨時準備發言。

讀書心得報告

三份短篇報告(長度為2頁、隔行、字型大小12、四邊各留1吋空白頁邊)提供學生機會來表達閱讀著作時的個人的看法。 這些作業的重點應在該日指定閱讀的作品裡,讓你感到有趣、好奇或疑惑的特別一段,某個驚喜使你超過當初對文章的期許。在辨別出該文章段落的重要特徵和特殊處後,檢查這些特徵的意義跟重要性,並且解釋它們在字裡行間的暗示、重要性、目的和功能。

課內計畫

在學期裡會安排課內計畫,學生可從最近讀過的教材中學習到的知識加以應用。另外,事前宣布(或沒宣布)的小考 – 偶爾會用以測驗學生對作品的理解力。沒宣布的小考分數只有成績是A-以上時才會列入;而宣布過的小考分數全都會計算在成績內。

研究計畫

繳交一份關於羅馬市民生活的獨立研究計畫。學生會對全班做一次10分鐘的口頭報告,表達自己有何發現,並在一週後繳交正式的研究報告以獲得學期成績。

期末報告

學生在交期末報告兩個半星期之前,先交期末報告的草稿。草稿在一星期後發還,指導教授會在草稿上留下意見與建議。最後的定稿交出之前,必須包括所有的改正、增加,或是詳述的部分。報告內容根據其邏輯辯證一致性、證據的審慎使用、概念的條理發展,和修辭效果的基礎上評估。

出席率規定

每次上課必須準時。無故缺席會在評分的「課堂參與部分」扣除5分,遲到則扣除3分。在上課開始10分鐘後才到達,卻無任何理由者視為遲到。缺席和遲到只有在預先和當堂導師聯繫並獲得批准的情況下才能免除扣分。

報告遲交規定

在和導師協商後,任何讀書報告和口頭報告可自動延後一堂課繳交,若還延遲繳交,會隨著遲交的課堂數目依次扣除學年總分的1/3。 學期報告不得遲交。

報告重寫規定

重寫的讀書報告需符合下列要求:

  1. 原稿按時繳交。
  2. 學生與導師當面討論報告。
  3. 報告重頭寫起而非根據舊稿修改。
  4. 重寫報告的繳交時間,需在原稿退回的一周內。

重寫報告的最高得分為B+。期末報告的初稿需在繳交定稿的兩週半前交出,此最終成績也會取代初稿的成績。

報告抄襲規定

所有在課外取得的資訊必須在繳交的作業中標示清楚。所有從他人著作中取得的構想、論點和直接用詞必須標示並做適當註腳。其他引言必須清楚標明以和學生自己的作業區分。關於適當形式的進一步標準,請查閱麻省學院網站--抄襲部分。


Description

Roman Literature of the Golden Age of Augustus Caesar, produced during the transition from Republican to Imperial forms of government, was to have a profound and defining influence on Western European and American societies. These writings ultimately established lasting models of aesthetic refinement, philosophical aspiration, and political ambition that continue to shape modern cultures. This class will be exploring the Golden Age of Latin Literature from an historical perspective in order to provide an intensive examination of the cultural contexts in which these monumental works of classical art were first produced. Readings will emphasize the transition from a Republican form of government to an Empire under the rule of Augustus Caesar and the diversity of responses among individual authors to the profound structural changes that Roman society was undergoing at this time. Particular attention will be devoted to the reorganization of society and the self through textuality, the changing dimensions of the public and the private, the roles of class and gender, and the relationship between art and pleasure. Writings covering a wide variety of literary genres will include the works of Caesar, Cicero, Catullus, Livy, Virgil, Horace, and Ovid, with additional readings from Cassius Dio for background.

Criteria for HASS-CI Subjects

Communication Intensive Subjects in the humanities, arts, and social sciences should require at least 20 pages of writing divided among 3-5 assignments. Of these 3-5 assignments, at least one should be revised and resubmitted. HASS-CI subjects should further offer students substantial opportunity for oral expression through presentations, student-led discussion, or class participation. In order to guarantee sufficient attention to student writing and substantial opportunity for oral expression, the maximum number of students per section in a HASS-CI subject is 18, except in the case of a subject taught without sections (where the faculty member in charge is the only instructor). In that case, enrollments can rise to 25, if a writing fellow is attached to the subject.

Grading

The final grade for this class will be computed according to the following weighted scale:

ACTIVITIES PERCENTAGES
Class Participation 25%
Reader Responses (3 Papers, 2 pages each) 15%
In-class Projects 5%
Write-up of Research Project (5 pages) 15%
Draft of Final Paper (6-10 pages) 10%
Final Paper (10 pages) 30%

Class Participation

Active contribution to class discussion constitutes a significant portion of the final grade. Students are expected to be fully prepared in the assigned readings and to be ready to speak in every class.

Reader Response Papers

Three short papers (2 pages each in length, double-spaced, 12-point type, with 1-inch margins on all sides) provide opportunities for students to address their own concerns when reading the texts. These exercises should focus on a specific passage from that day's assigned reading that strikes you as particularly interesting or curious or puzzling, something startling that may have challenged your initial expectations of the text. After identifying the important features of the passage and what makes them so unusual, go on to examine the meaning and significance of these features, and then explain their implications and consequences, their purpose and function within the text.

In-class Projects

Throughout the term, in-class projects will be designed to allow you to apply the knowledge you have acquired to the materials you have been reading most recently. In addition, quizzes - some announced, some unannounced - will be given occasionally to test your comprehension of the readings. Unannounced quizzes will only be counted if the grade received is an A- or above; announced quizzes will always be counted.

Research Project

One independent research project on some aspect of Roman civic life will be required. Students will make a 10-minute oral presentation to the rest of the class on what they have discovered, and then one week later will be required to submit a formal write-up of their findings for a separate grade.

Final Paper

Students will submit a first draft of their final paper two and a half weeks before the final paper is due. The draft will be returned one week later with the instructor's comments and suggestions. The final version should then include whatever corrections, additions, or amplifications are considered necessary before submission. This work will be evaluated on the basis of consistent logical argumentation, judicious use of evidence, coherent development of ideas, and rhetorical effectiveness.

Attendance Policy

Punctual attendance is required at every class meeting. Each unexcused absence will result in a lowering of the Class Participation component of the grade by 5 points, each lateness more than 10 minutes into class by 3 points. Absences may be excused only by contacting the instructor in advance of the class to be missed and receiving confirmation of the request to be excused.

Late Paper Policy

Reader responses may receive an automatic extension for one class period upon consultation with the instructor. Further lateness will result in a reduction of 1/3 of a grade for each class the paper is overdue beyond that time. Those assignments and projects marked on the syllabus may not receive an extension.

Rewrite Policy

Any reader response may be rewritten upon satisfying the following requirements:

  1. The original paper was submitted on time.
  2. The student meets with the instructor to go over the paper.
  3. The paper is completely rewritten from scratch and not just edited.
  4. The rewritten paper is resubmitted no later than one week after the original was returned in class.

The highest grade that a rewritten response may receive is a B+. A prior draft of the final paper for the class will be submitted two and a half weeks prior to the submission of the final version. The final grade for the paper will replace the initial grade for the first draft.

Plagiarism Policy

Full acknowledgement for all information obtained from sources outside the classroom needs to be clearly stated. All ideas, arguments, and direct phrasings taken from someone else's work need to be identified and properly footnoted. Quotations from other sources should be clearly marked as distinct from the student's own work and should follow the proper citational conventions. For further guidance in determining proper forms of attribution, see the MIT Website on Plagiarism.


 
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