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Introduction to Literature (Fiction)

Course Number: ENG 104
Transcript Title: Intro to Literature (Fiction)
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: September 25, 2013
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit


WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores

Course Description

Enhances enjoyment of various forms of fictional prose, increases understanding of the conventions of fiction and various forms of storytelling, and encourages exploration of the diversity of human experience. Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion students should able to:

  1. Recognize and understand the variety of stylistic choices that authors make within given forms and how form influences meaning.
  2. Articulate ways in which the text contributes to self-understanding.
  3. Engage, through the text, unfamiliar and diverse cultures, experiences and points of view, recognizing the text as a product of a particular culture and historical moment.
  4. Understand the text within the context of a literary tradition or convention.
  5. Evaluate various interpretations of a text and their validity through reading, writing, and discussion in individual and group responses analyzing the support/evidence for a particular interpretation.
  6. Conduct research to find materials appropriate to use for literary analysis, using MLA conventions to document primary and secondary sources in written responses to a literary text.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessment tools may include informal responses to study questions; evaluation of small- and full-group discussion; in-class and out-of-class writing; formal essays, as well as informal responses to study questions and other types of informal writing; presentations by individuals and groups; short and long essay exams; close reading exercises using support/evidence; writing exercises which include evaluation of various interpretations of a text and their relative validity. Both instructor and peer evaluation may be incorporated in the assessment process.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Feminist theory
  • Setting
  • Psychoanalytic theory
  • Plot
  • Marxist theory
  • Point of view
  • Structuralist theory
  • Tone/voice
  • Postmodern theory
  • Narrative styles
  • Reader response theory
  • Narration: 1st, 2nd, 3rd person
  • New historicism
  • Omniscient, etc.
  • Biographical criticism
  • Unreliable narrator gender
  • Rhetorical strategies
  • Race
  • Diction
  • Evidence
  • Character
  • Climax
  • Documentation
  • Denouement
  • Thesis
  • Symbol
  • Imagery
  • Intertextuality
  • Regional or national literatures
  • Flashback
  • Ambiguity
  • Irony
  • Allusion
  • Censorship
  • Stereotyping
  • Class
  • Form/structure
  • Dialogue
  • Contextualizing
  • Sources/influence
  • Genres of fiction
  • Location of the text

Competencies and Skills

  • Analysis
  • Synthesis
  • Understanding prose fiction through contexts such as society, politics, artistic conventions, multiple interpretations of an author, etc.
  • Writing about fiction.
  • Close readings.
  • Critical reading employing reviews and critical essays.
  • Speaking and listening reflectively.
  • Small-group collaboration.