Fall 2019 - WL 101W D100

Writing in World Literature (3)

Class Number: 1342

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    RCB 5120, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 9, 2019
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Location: TBA

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Explores literary texts from diverse linguistic and cultural origins while introducing students to the fundamentals of comparative literary analysis and critical writing. May examine cross-cultural interactions, or compare texts thematically. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.

COURSE DETAILS:



 

Short prose fiction in the form of anecdotes, myths, parables, embedded stories and fairy tales have been a part of human cultural heritage for probably as long as language itself. The short story as we know it today has a much briefer history, barely more than 200 years. This course will explore a range of modern stories from three continents with emphasis on its most remarkable half-century in the United States from about 1920 to 1970. The aim of the course will be to provide students with a good background in the short story as a literary form in its own right. Our approach will be to “close read” a range of short stories on themes such as: crime, love, mortality, and the preternatural. Critical texts will be few in number and commensurate with the norms of 100-level courses.

COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

By the end of this course, students should be able to

·      Read a literary text through the lens of critical analysis
·      Formulate an argument based on a literary text
·      Produce an organized literary essay
·      Gain an understanding of the short story as a literary form
·      Understand principal literary techniques used to explore themes in short fiction

Grading

  • Essay 1 (5 pages) 15%
  • Essay 2 (8 pages) + rewrite 15 + 15%
  • Oral Report on Essay 2 10%
  • Midterm Exam 15%
  • Participation / Group Work 10%
  • Final Exam 20%

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

The Art of the Short Story. Editors: Dana Gioia and R. S. Gwynn. New York: Pearson, 1st edition (2005).
ISBN: 978-0321363633

Select texts provided by the instructors

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