Introduction to Literature - Fiction
Course Number: ENG 104
Transcript Title: Intro to Literature - Fiction
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: January 22, 2016
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
Repeats available for credit: 0
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. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Recognize and understand the variety of stylistic choices that authors make within given forms and how form influences meaning.
- Articulate ways in which the text contributes to self-understanding.
- 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.
- Understand the text within the context of a literary tradition or convention.
- 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.
- 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.
Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes
|indepth||1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)|
|2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)|
|3. Apply the knowledge, skills and abilities to enter and succeed in a defined profession or advanced academic program. (Professional Competence)|
|4. Appreciate cultural diversity and constructively address issues that arise out of cultural differences in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)|
|5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)|
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 Activities and Design
Lecture; Discussion; Group Work; Student Presentation
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- Feminist theory
- Psychoanalytic theory
- Marxist theory
- Point of view
- Structuralist theory
- Postmodern theory
- Narrative styles
- Reader response theory
- Narration: 1st, 2nd, 3rd person
- New historicism
- Omniscient, etc.
- Biographical criticism
- Unreliable narrator gender
- Rhetorical strategies
- Regional or national literatures
- Genres of fiction