English 105W: Introduction to Narrative
Dr. H. Hodgkins Spring 2002
Hhhodgki@uncg.edu Office: MCVR 136-D
(h) 316-0463 TR 11-12, W 9:30-10:30 4-5837 (o)
Course description: This course is designed to introduce you to some of the most important fictional narrativesshort stories and novelsof our cultural heritage and to train you in reading such narratives. As a writing-intensive course, English 105W also requires that you write both informal and formal essays, demonstrating and challenging your understandings of the literary texts as you put your own ideas into words.
Course goals: The student successfully completing this course will be able to:
--identify and understand the basic characteristics of literary fiction;
--apply the techniques of literary analysis to texts;
--understand how varied social and historical contexts affect the ways that authors write their fictions;
--read with understanding and write with clarity.
Your texts: Do not try to substitute other editions of these books.
Bronte, Jane Eyre (Penguin Classic)
Cassill & Bausch, The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction (shorter edition, 6th ed.)
Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises (Scribner PB)
A. To read each assignment carefully and come to class prepared to discuss it.
B. To come to class with texts and writing materials. The second time that a student comes to class without the text, he or she will be counted absent for the day.
C. To write two 4-5 page papers and one rewrite.
D. To take a midterm and a final examination at the scheduled times.
Your attendance: I will take roll regularly, and I expect regular, prompt attendance. Any excused absence requires written documentation. (Doctor appointments and outside employment do not constitute excuses.) After three unexcused absences I will drop you from the class. If you are ill, you should call me as soon as possible.
Your grades: Daily quizzes 10%
Short writings, individual and group participation 10%
Essays 1 and 2 20%
Midterm examination 20%
Final examination 20%
Extra credit for high-quality class participation.
Your honor: All work in this class should be governed by the UNCG Academic
Honor Policy. I consider the use of
Cliffs Notes or any crib resource a violation of this policy. Any work submitted as your own will receive
an F if I find you have used others
Schedule (subject to revision):
1/15 Introduction; reading fiction; the British novel in general and Jane Eyre in particular
1/17 JE pp. 13-134
1/22 JE 135-270
1/24 JE 271-361
1/29 JE 362-end
1/31 JE film versions and essay #1 discussion; essay plans due
2/5 Nineteenth-century fiction: European short stories
2/12 Essay #1 due, 5 pm, MCVR 136-D
2/19 Earlier American fiction: Hawthorne,
3/5 Midterm examination
3/7 Modern fiction: Kafka,
3/21 Cont. Joyce discussion
3/26 American: Hemingway,
4/2 Southerners: Welty,
4/4 Continue discussion; essay plans due
4/9 Modern novel: Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises (1926) 1-116
4/11 Sun Also, 117-191
4/16 Sun Also, 192-end
4/18 Essay #2 due, 5 pm MCVR 136-D
4/23 Contemporary and postmodern fiction: Nabokov,
Final exam: -01s: Tues., 5/14, 8-11 a.m.