English | Introduction to Fiction
L204 | 4338 | Cariello

10:30a-11:20a D (25) 3 cr.


This course is designed to introduce students to the basics of reading and analyzing fiction; this section will concentrate on "experimental" fiction of the 20th century. We'll begin by examining some samples of realist fiction -- stories and novels with normative points of view, structures and character development. We'll then contrast these texts with the ways in which experimental fiction seeks to disrupt conventions of fictional discourse. For instance, we'll explore fiction as "found" texts, "interior" texts, multiple points of view and metafiction.

A series of two-page critical responses to stories and books; two longer (5-6 page) analytic essays; some creative explorations of the problems of writing both realist and non-realist fiction.

TEXTS (tentative)
Italo Calvino, If on a Winter's Night a Traveller; Bel Kaufman, Up the Down Staircase; Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway; Toni Morrison, Beloved; Carole Maso, The Art Lover; Tim O'Brien, In the Lake of the Woods ; Tony Ardizzone, In the Garden of Papa Santuzzu.