Fall 2021 - WL 101W D100

Writing in World Literature (3)

Class Number: 7117

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    AQ 5037, Burnaby

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:

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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 frankly brilliant short stories from three continents with emphasis on discovering how learning to read literary texts is to wisdom what nourishment is to health. The course will provide students with a good background in understanding literary technique and the short story as an art 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:

  • Understanding the short story as an art form
  • Analyzing 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

Grading

  • Essay 1 (5 pages) 15%
  • Essay 2 (8 pages) + rewrite (15% + 15%) 30%
  • Oral Report on Essay 2 10%
  • Midterm Exam 15%
  • Final Exam 20%
  • Participation / Group work 10%

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

The Art of the Short Story. Editors: Dana Gioia and R. S. Gwynn. New York: Pearson, 1st edition (2005) ISBN-13: 978-0321363633

Selected texts provided by the instructor

Registrar Notes:

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TEACHING AT SFU IN FALL 2021

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