English | Introduction to Fiction
L204 | 1999 | Eakin


2:30p-3:45p TR (25) 3 cr

COAS INTENSIVE WRITING SECTION

In this course we will read some short stories and several novels with a
view to studying the principal structural features of fictions.  In
addition, we will pay some attention to theory of narrative and to the
role of narrative in the construction of selves and life stories.  The
classes will be conducted mainly as discussion.

The writing of literary criticism will be a focal activity of the course,
and several short papers--probably 5 or 6--will be required.  Students
should expect to discuss each other's work openly and in detail in class.
There probably won't be any examinations.

The reading list is tentative but will include many of the following
texts:  an anthology of short stories or novellas; Margaret Atwood, CAT'S
EYE; Kazuo Ishiguro, THE REMAINS OF THE DAY; Toni Morrison, BELOVED; Tim
O'Brien, THE THINGS THEY CARRIED; Michael Ondaatje, THE ENGLISH PATIENT;
Bernhard Schlink, THE READER, and Graham Swift, LAST ORDERS.