Fall 2019 - WL 101W D100
Writing in World Literature (3)
Class Number: 1342
Delivery Method: In Person
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.
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
- 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%
The Art of the Short Story. Editors: Dana Gioia and R. S. Gwynn. New York: Pearson, 1st edition (2005).
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