English | Introduction to Fiction
L204 | 0259 | Dorsey

L204 0259 DORSEY
Introduction to Fiction

10:20a-11:35a	D (25) 3 CR.


“Writing and rewriting are a constant search for what one is saying”
(John Updike). In this intensive writing course, we will also do a
good deal of intensive reading: of fiction old and new, serious and
funny, “popular” and “difficult,” written for a wide range of
audiences. Many students consider reading for pleasure and reading
analytically to be two different activities, but through
investigations of plot, character, point of view, symbolism and
other narrative elements, we will challenge this opposition,
exploring the pleasures of literary interpretation. Students will
typically read one or two short stories each day as well as
supplemental critical material in the text, write four essays over
the course of the semester, and take two in-class essay exams. All
written assignments will be evaluated with close attention to
organization and expression as well as to substance and argument.
Graded revisions of course papers are a requirement of the course.