English | Introduction to Fiction
L204 | 5100 | Margo Crawford

Introduction to Fiction

11:15a-12:30p TR (25 students) 3 CR. - Satisfies A&H Distribution

College intensive writing section.

As we unveil fictionıs ability to expand quick and easy notions of
identity and truth, we will focus on representations of the relation
between fiction and nonfiction.  We will study nineteenth and
twentieth century novels and short stories that raise compelling
questions about the interpretation of history and the interpretation
of culture.  We will ask ourselves, ³Is history a text?  Is culture
often reduced to a text?  Do some writers fight against this
textualization of history and culture?²  This course will introduce
modes of literary analysis that combine close reading with cultural
studies.  Our authors may include Stowe, Chesnutt, James, Stein,
Hurston, Faulkner, Morrison, and Wideman. There will be three formal
essays, many informal writing assignments, and a final exam. Active
class participation is required.