L204 1935 WOODCOCK
Introduction to Fiction

2:30p-3:45p TR (20) 3 cr.

COLLEGE INTENSIVE WRITING SECTION. OPEN TO HONORS STUDENTS ONLY. OBTAIN AUTHORIZATION FROM THE HONORS COLLEGE, 324 N. JORDAN AVENUE.

We will study a variety of fictions and interpretive schemes, all with the goal of making you a more sophisticated and confident reader and writer. In the process, we hope that your pleasure in reading will be increased and that your world will be expanded.

Most of our readings will be selections from an anthology of short fiction, works written in the 19th and (mainly) 20th centuries, most but not all originally written in English. In the later weeks of the semester we will read two novels, one of them (Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient) in conjunction with the film it inspired.

We will look at our readings closely for things like form and style and more widely for cultural, metaphysical, and historical issues. We will take discussion seriously, as an oral form of interpretation that reveals differences in perspective in instructive ways. There will be a number of short writing exercises and three or four longer papers of 4-6 pages. There will be quizzes but no exams. This is an intensive writing course, so we will pay lots of attention to writing, both process and results. We will also look carefully at varieties of interpretation, the many ways we discover how and what stories mean.

Probable texts: Ann Charters, ed., The Story and Its Writer; Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried; Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient.