Introduction to Fiction

2:35p-3:50p D (25) 3 cr.


This section of L204 will examine four major forms of fiction: the short story, the novella, the novel, and the novel-in-stories. We will study about two dozen classic and contemporary short stories by male and female writers (including writers from North and South America, Africa, and Europe), Joseph Conrad's novella "Heart of Darkness" as well as Chinua Achebe’s critical response to it, Ernest Hemingway's short novel The Old Man and the Sea, Ken Kesey’s novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Gloria Naylor's novel-in-stories The Women of Brewster Place. The class will focus on how these works were written (by learning the identity and functions of various fictional techniques) as well as what these works suggest about the human condition.

Since this course fulfills the Intensive Writing Requirement, four papers in addition to a midterm and final essay exam will be required.