Sarah Murphy

8:00a-9:15a TR (25 students) 3 cr., A&H, IW.

L204 is designed to help you develop your ability to read carefully, analyze thoughtfully, and write clearly about fiction. Since this course fulfills the Intensive Writing requirement, there will be frequent writing assignments, including three formal essays and a series of one-page responses (“microthemes”). In addition, there will be a midterm and a final exam. The theme of this section of L204 is “Misfits, Rebels, and Freaks.” We will examine short stories and novels that feature protagonists who are unable or unwilling to assimilate into the mainstream social order and who face the often disastrous consequences of this nonconformity. Texts will include Bartleby's, The Scrivener, The Yellow Wallpaper, The Ballad of the Sad Café, On the Road, The Things They Carried, and Caucasia.