Amy's Syllabus - Winter 2010 - L iterature 101-003...

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Literature 101-003: Imaginary Worlds: An Intro to Fiction Syllabus – Winter 2010 T, TH 2:00 – 3:15 - Room 306 Instructor: Amy L. McBain Office: 603D Pray-Harrold, (734) 487-0148 Office Hours: Mon., 10-11 am; Tues., 11:30 – 12:30; Wed. 10-11 am; and by appointment E-mail: [email protected] or [email protected] Course Description We will enter the imaginary worlds of fiction through reading a variety of genres, including the short story and the novel. We will consider their basic elements and forms, historical development, and cultural and political significance. This class will teach you how to read literature critically by looking at such traditional categories as plot, character, tone and setting, while also exploring how literature has both reflected and shaped culture. By the end of the course, you will have honed your reading, writing and interpretive skills, familiarized yourself with literary genres and conventions and learned to think critically and carefully about them. Course Objectives : By the end of the course, you will be better able to 1) Develop an appreciation of fiction, including the formal conventions of literary works; 2) Broaden life experience through imagination, empathy, and engagement with diverse narratives and perspectives; 3) Learn to interpret fiction within various historical, philosophical, and cultural contexts, 4) Understand the reciprocal relationships between literature and culture, becoming aware of the ways that literature effects culture and that culture effects literature in turn; 5) Enhance critical-thinking skills through self-reflexivity; 6) Become conversant in the terminology, debates, and practices of literature and literary criticism; 7) Communicate this newly acquired knowledge verbally and, when possible, in writing. Required Texts and Materials Fiction 100, James H. Pickering. ISBN#: 978-0-205-65034-7 The Awakening, Kate Chopin. ISBN#: 0-553-21330-X 1984, George Orwell. ISBN#: 978-0-451-52493-5 The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man, James Weldon Johnson. ISBN#: 0-8090-0032-6 Other items, such as handouts, can be accessed online through our course webpage ** Make sure to bring copies of texts that we are covering to class .
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General Education Rationale Fiction draws readers in by presenting compelling characters, engaging situations, or familiar human problems. Whether the worlds in fiction feel comfortably realistic or expand a reader’s horizons with their newness, fiction remains popular for its ability to explore the boundaries of human possibility. Literature 101 is designed to cultivate students’ appreciation of prose fiction by providing a context to learn about the formal and historical features of different kinds of short stories and novels. This class introduces terms important for the critical understanding of fiction as an imaginative literary form. It
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