English 105 Zacharias
Introduction to Narrative Fall 2001
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INSTRUCTOR: Lee Zacharias
Office hours 9-9:30 T Th
TEACHING INTERN: Jane Kitchen
Office hours to be announced
TEXTS: Ann Charters, The Story and Its Writer, 5th edition (not compact edition)
Kaye Gibbons, Ellen Foster
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Lee Smith, Oral History
COURSE DESCRIPTION: In English 105, an introductory course in fiction, we will read a variety of short stories, novellas, and novels and explore strategies for the analysis and interpretation of fiction, paying special attention to its basic elementspoint of view, character, plot, setting, imagery and languageand to its cultural context.
STUDENT LEARNING GOALS: At the completion of this course, students should be able to identify and understand the basic elements of fiction, be familiar with a number of basic literary terms, apply strategies for literary analysis and interpretation to fiction, and demonstrate an understanding of its cultural context. Although this is not a writing-intensive course, through essay questions on examinations, students should develop skills to write coherently about fiction.
Class discussion of reading assignments. Some discussion will take place in groups to be assigned. These are the same groups that will produce collaborative final projects.
Critical vocabulary. There is a glossary of literary terms in the back of the Charters anthology. A list of terms students are to know will be provided. Terms
need not be memorized all at once, but as they come up in relation to the stories we read.
Journals. You are to keep a journal in respnse to reading assignments. Entries need not be long, but you should write at least two observations or questions for each story you read. Note that journals will not be collected or graded, but I will
be calling on you in class to ask what you noted in your journals.
Quizes. If you do not keep up your journals and a thoughtful classroom dialogue about the fiction we are reading, I reserve the right to give unannounced reading
Examinations. There will be three examinations on reading assignments and literary terms. The exams will be composed of short-answer questions (such as definitions and IDs) and essays. Exams will cover only the reading material assigned in that exam periodi.e., they will not be cumulative. The final exam will be no longer than the previous two exams.
Group Projects: Groups will be assigned after the drop-add period is over. (If further drops create too great a numerical imbalance in the groups, there may be
some reassignments prior to the final group projects.) Each group will develop a project to be presented to the rest of the class in response to one or more works of fiction read over the course of the semester. This project might be a panel discussion, a dramatization, a collaborative oral research report, a mock press
conference, interview, art work, musical review, video, orit
on about 15-20 minutes for the presentation, to be made the last day of class and if
necessary during the first part of the final exam period. The only rules are that the
presentation must be legal on university property and that every member of the group must participate. Group members will fill out confidential evaluation forms
on the contribution of other group members.
Academic Integrity Policy. All work submitted to the course must abide by the Academic Integrity Policy, which is covered on page 205 (and following) of the
UNCG Student Calendar and Handbook 2001-2002 and available online at http://saf.dept.uncg.edu/studiscp/Honor.html.
GRADING: Semester grades will be computed on the following basis:
Exams: 24% each
Group Project: 18%
Class discussion: 10%
(Note: If I find it necessary to give quizes, your quiz scores will become half of your class discussion grade, with a bonus 2 points for students who
receive an A in actual discussion and a bonus 1 point for students who receive a B in actual discussion.)
ATTENDANCE POLICY: After 3 consecutive or a total of 5 unexcused absences, I willrequest that the Registrar drop a student from the class, which may result in a WF for the course. Course grade will be lowered one letter for a total of 4 unexcused absences or excessive tardies.
Aug. 23 Introduction to Narrative Fiction (handout)
Ernest Hemingway, "Hills Like White Elephants"
Who tells the story?
(Point of View)
Aug. 28 Leo Tolstoy, "The Death of Ivan Ilych"
Aug. 30 Edith Wharton, "Roman Fever"
Sept. 4 Susan Sontag, "The Way We Live Now"
Jamaica Kincaid, "Girl"
Sept. 6 Amy Tan, "Two Kinds"
John Updike, "A & P"
Sept. 11 Raymond Carver, "Cathedral"
James Joyce, "Araby"
Sept. 13 Charlotte Perkins Gilman, "The Yellow Wallpaper"
William Faulkner, "A Rose for Emily"
Sept. 18 EXAM 1
Who animates it?
Sept. 20 Nikolai Gogol, "The Overcoat"
Sept. 25 Isaac Bashevis Singer, "Gimpel the Fool"
Sept. 27 Anton Chekov, "The Darling"
Leo Tolstoy, "Chekov
Eudora Welty, "Plot and Character in Chekov
Oct. 2 Franz Kafka, "The Metamorphosis"
John Updike, "Kafka and
Oct. 4 Toni Cade Bambara, "The Lesson"
Charles Johnson, "The Menagerie"
How does it unfold?
(Plot and Stucture)
Oct. 11 Flannery O
Edgar Allen Poe, "The Cask of Amontillado"
Oct. 16 Frank O
Albert Camus, "The Guest"
Oct. 18 John Cheever, "The Swimmer"
Oct. 23 EXAM 2
What is its climate?
(Setting and Language)
Oct. 25 Ralph Ellison, "Battle Royal"
Ralph Ellison, "The Influence of Folklore on
Cynthia Ozick, "The Shawl"
Oct. 30 Gabriel García Marquez, "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings"
Leslie Marmon Silko, "Yellow Woman"
How do we read longer fiction?
Nov. 1 Kaye Gibbons, Ellen Foster (through chapter 10)
Nov. 6 Ellen Foster (finish)
Nov. 8 Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God (through chapter 6)
Nov. 13 Their Eyes Were Watching God (through chapter 16)
Nov. 15 Their Eyes Were Watching God (finish)
Nov. 20 Lee Smith, Oral History (opening section and Part I)
Nov. 27 Oral History (Part II)
Nov. 29 Oral History (Part III)
Dec. 4 Oral History (finish)
Dec. 6 GROUP PROJECTS
Dec. 13 (8-11) CONTINUATION OF GROUP PROJECTS (if necessary)