INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY
Faculty of Education and Humanities
Department of English Language and Literature
||Teaching and Studying Novel
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|This course is designed to give an overview of short fiction. We will be examining most important authors and their canonical texts, and more importantly what they have contributed to our understanding of the modern world as it is and our cultural contexts. The specific emphasis will be given to reading primary texts, secondary texts and class-discussions.
|1. To familiarize students with the most prominent short fiction authors in English Language and their canonical works.
2. To help students develop critical reading skills and acquire analytical approaches to literary texts as cultural artifacts.
3. To help students practice and develop written discourse about literary texts.
4. To help students develop ways of translating old canonical texts into modern cultural practice and understanding.
5. To cultivate a love of reading in students.
- Chapter 1 – Reading the Story “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell.
- “Hunters in the Snow” by Tobias Wolff.
- Chapter 2 – Plot and Structure “The Destructors” by Graham Greene
- “How I Met My Husband” by Alice Munro
- Chapter 3 – Characterization “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker; “Miss Brill” by Kathrine Mansfield.
- “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin
- Chapter 4 – Theme “Babylon Revisited” by F. Scott Fitzgerald; “Misery” by Anton Chekhov
- Midterm Exam
- “A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty; “Once upon a Time” by Nadine Gordimer
- Chapter 5 – Point of View “Paul’s Case” by Willa Cather; “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson.
- “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall” by Katherine Anne Porter; “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway.
- Chapter 6 – Symbol, Allegory, and Fantasy. “The Rocking-Horse Winner” by D. H. Lawrence; “Young Goodman Brown” Nathaniel Hawthorne.
- “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman; “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
- Chapter 7 – Humor and Irony “The Drunkard” by Frank O’Connor
- Chapter 8 – Evaluating Fiction “The Matchmaker” by Elizabeth Berg; “The Magic Barrel” by Bernard Malamud.
- Interactive Lectures
- Case Studies
- Guest instructor
- Use of educational films
| Term Paper||10|
| Final Exam||1||40|
- Thomas R. Arp & Greg Johnson. Perrine’s Literature: Structure, Sound & Sense. Eleventh Edition. Boston: Wadsworth, 2012.
- • E. M. Forster. Aspects of the Novel (1927)
- • John Steinbeck Of Mice and Men (1937)
- • J. D. Salinger Nine Stories (1953)
- • Zora Neale Hurston. Their Eyes Were Watching God.
- • F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Great Gatsby.
- • Earnest Hemingway. A Farewell to Arms.
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|Final Examination(1 week)|| || ||0|
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