L204 2040 ASYA
Introduction to Fiction

9:05a-9:55a MWF (25) 3 CR.


In this course you will read, discuss, and write about the formal elements (plot, point of view, character, setting, symbol, tone and style) and thematic issues associated with fiction. The works to be addressed includeshort stories from North America and other parts of the world and four novels by ethnic writers of the United States. In this intensive-writing section, you will also implement critical approaches to writing about fiction. The aim of this course is to enhance your comprehension and appreciation of the fiction you read and to increase your confidence and ability in expressing your ideas about it in verbal and written form. You are expected to actively participate in class discussions, write short response papers to the readings, and complete (write and revise) three papers of three to six pages in length. There will also be two in-class essay examinations.

Required texts: X.J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia, An Introduction to Fiction; James Baldwin, Tell Me How Long the Trainís Been Gone; Ana Castillo, So Far from God; Louise Erdrich, Love Medicine; Philip Roth, The Human Stain.