Fall 2023 - WL 101W D100
Writing in World Literature (3)
Class Number: 6998
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Mon, 12:30–2:20 p.m.
Oct 10, 2023: Tue, 12:30–2:20 p.m.
Exam Times + Location:
Dec 12, 2023
Tue, 12:00–3:00 p.m.
1 778 782-8846
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.
WL 101W – WRITING IN WORLD LITERATURE: THE SHORT STORY
Short prose fiction in the form of anecdotes, myths, parables, yarns and 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 brilliant short stories from around the world. The course will provide students with a good background in understanding literary technique and the short story as a way of exploring the human condition. Our approach will be to “close read” a range of short stories on themes such as: crime, love, mortality, the preternatural, and then learn how to write a university-level persuasive essay in which we argue for our insights. Critical texts will be few in number and commensurate with the norms of a 100-level course.
- Analyzing and appreciating literary texts by attending to formal and thematic cues
- Formulating arguments based on textual analysis
- Writing well organized critical essays
- Expressing ideas and arguments orally
- In-class close reading quiz and discussion 5%
- Essay 1 (5 pages) 15%
- Essay 2 (8 pages) 15%
- Essay 2 (8 pages)- REWRITE 20%
- Oral report on Essay 2 10%
- Final exam 25%
- Participation / Group work 10%
Selected texts provided by the instructor
The Art of the Short Story. Editors: Dana Gioia and R. S. Gwynn. New York: Pearson, 1st edition (2005)
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