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Administrative Unit: Humanities 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:

A comprehensive introduction to the elements of fictional works of varying lengths. Prerequisite: ENGL 112. G.E. Occasional Offering.

 
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

ENGL 112

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

Most current editions of the following:

- Choose one introduction to/anthology of fiction (texts 1-2, or another similar text) and one or two novels.



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

Recommended
 
Course Objectives
  • To gain growing mastery of the elements of fiction.
  • To practice basic textual analysis and evaluation of fiction in a variety of ways.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of fiction in a variety of genres, ranging from short narrative forms through the novel.
 
Measurable Learning
Outcomes:
  • Identify and distinguish between the elements of plot and structure, character, setting, point of view, language and style, and theme.
  • Evaluate the elements in fiction as they appear in repeatedly in different ficitonal genres.
  • Demonstrate textual analysis of fiction through discussion and written work.
  • Demonstrate command of basic appropriate literary terms and elements.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the histories of the short story and the novel.
 
Topical Outline:
  • Departmental policy requires a minimum of 3,000 words (about 12 pages) of graded student writing for this course.
  • An overview of the elements of fiction: including plot and structure, character, setting, point of view, conflict, style, theme.
  • A variety of canonical and extracanonical works.
  • 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 the 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 final.
 

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

 
Library Resources:

Online databases are available at http://www.ccis.edu/offices/library/index.asp. You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

 
Prepared by: Peter Monacell Date: May 5, 2014
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 objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. 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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