Honors | Introduction to Fiction
L204 | 1935 | J. Woodcock


2:30p-3:45p TR  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.