HR> L204 1930 BRANTLINGER
Introduction to Fiction

Lecture:
1930 9:05a-9:55a MW (70) 3 cr.

Corequisite Discussions:
1931 8:00a-8:50a F (23)
1932 9:05a-9:55a F (24)
1933 10:10a-11:00a F (23)

THIS SECTION DOES NOT MEET COLLEGE INTENSIVE WRITING REQUIREMENTS.

The subject of this class is how fictional narratives work. During the first half of the semester, we will examine the basic elements of novels and short stories: characters, plots, settings, narrative perspectives, style, and aspects of time and timing. Readings for this part of the class will come from Fiction: A Pocket Anthology, edited by R. S. Gwynn. During the second half of the semester, we will explore how the different elements of fiction work in relation to a major theme: race relations in American history and culture. We will read two or three longer works, probably including Frederick Douglass's The Heroic Slave, Louise Erdrich's Tracks, and Toni Morrison's Beloved. There will be several quizzes, and a final exam. This is NOT an "intensive writing course," but there will also be three paper assignments, 3 to 5 pages in length, with a chance to revise one or two of the papers. Final grades will be based on the papers (30%), the quizzes and exam (60%), and attendance and participation (at least 10%).