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Administrative Unit: Language and Communications Studies Department
Course Prefix and Number: ENGL 210
Course Title: Introduction to Fiction
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

An introduction to the elements of fiction. G.E. Prerequisite: ENGL 112. 

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Prerequisite: ENGL 112. 

Course Rotation for Day Program: Occasional offering.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Choose an anthology of fiction with a critical apparatus (texts 1-3, or another similar text) and one or two novels.

An Introduction to Fiction
By Ed. Kennedy, X.J. and Gioia, Dana (Longman)
The Story and Its Writer
By Ed. Charters, Ann (Bedford)
The Heath Introduction to Fiction
By Ed. John J. Clayton (Houghton-Mifflin)
One or Two Novels

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify the generic elements of fiction.
  2. Write argumentative analyses of works of fiction.
  3. Explain fiction originating in different literary periods.
  4. Analyze fiction written by a variety of authors and in a variety of forms.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Departmental policy requires a minimum of 3000 words (about 12 pages) of graded student writing for this course, to include argumentative analysis essays.
  • An overview of the elements of fiction, including plot and structure, character, setting, point of view, conflict, style, and theme
  • ? variety of works by a diverse range of authors
  • Short narrative forms, which may include parable, fable, tale, and others; textual analysis stressing the elements essential to the forms
  • The short story; textual analysis, and discussion of its development from the 19th Century through the 20th or 21st Century
  • The short novel or novella; textual analysis stressing the elements essential to the forms
  • The novel; textual analysis and discussion of its development from the 18th through the 20th or 21st Century
  • In-class exams, including a midterm and final that assess course learning objectives 1, 3, and 4.
  • Instructors may be asked to collect information from the assignments specified in the Major Topics/Skills section. This information will be provided to the English program for evaluation.

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Peter Monacell Date: November 29, 2016
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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