LITR277 Introduction to Short Fiction
Department of Language & Literature: Literature
Course Number and TitleLITR277 Introduction to Short Fiction
Number of Credits3 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester2250
Other Pertinent Information
- The Department of Language and Literature has determined that all literature courses must require a minimum of at least 2500 words in writing assignments.
- During the first week of class, the instructor provides students with a weekly suggested reading schedule for the semester.
Catalog Course DescriptionThis course explores the short story and novella as meaningful literary forms, with emphasis on structure and technique. Lectures and classroom discussions are reinforced by examinations, critical essays, and exercises in critical analysis.
Required Course Content and Direction
- Course Students will
- analyze literature through discussion and writing;
- demonstrate an understanding of such literary terms, themes, strategies, and issues as are relevant to the works being studied;
- express their understanding of the relationship between literature and the historical/cultural contexts in which it was written;
- discover the essential theme of a work of fiction and evaluate the connection between form and content; and
- demonstrate an understanding of short fiction as a unique and evolving art form that reflects the values and concerns of writers and the societies in which they live.
- Core (if applicable) Category I
- demonstrate knowledge and awareness of some components of our society’s cultural heritage such as artistic, historical, linguistic, literary, and philosophical foundations.
- understand and express the meaning and significance of a variety of communications (Interpretation).
- use methods, concepts and theories in new situations (Application Skills).
Cultural PerspectivesStudents will
Critical Thinking/Problem SolvingStudents will
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:Course topics include, but are not necessarily be restricted to, the study of setting, structure, characterization, point of view, and prose style as demonstrated in both traditional and non-traditional works of fiction. The course also covers themes, concerns, and attitudes expressed in fiction across a range of periods.
- Students enter the course both with and without training in verbal analysis of literature; therefore, a subsidiary set of objectives dealing with literary analysis may be imported as individual student needs dictate.
- Reading remains the basic learning method available to students although various means of instruction are employed: Lectures, group discussion, mock trials, role playing, individual or group presentations to the class, team teaching, library research, etc.
- Through reading, writing, discussion, and various class activities, students identify, explain, and analyze the following: formal elements of the literature, particularly images, image patterns, narrative strategies, diction, and structural divisions of the work; themes and thematic patterns; literary periods, movements, and terms as appropriate to the literature.
- The writing requirement complies with Department standards for literature courses, a minimum of 2,500 words. Writing assignments reflect the course goals that students can comprehend, interpret, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the literature.
- Because there are no prerequisites for literature courses, it is important that students understand the kind and quality of the writing expected.
- Students use various critical approaches as ways of assigning the meanings in the work; these include but are not limited to the major critical schools—humanistic, ethical, socio-cultural, historical (both the history of events and the history of ideas), psychological, mythical, and formal.
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
- Course To evaluate all course-specific learning goals and objectives, instructors may determine the depth and quality of student comprehension and critical thinking through several analytical essays (2500 words total required), exams, quizzes, journals, oral or multi-media presentations, class discussions, conferences with individual students, service learning projects, and other methods as necessary to course content.
- Core (if applicable) To evaluate all Core learning goals and objectives, instructors may determine the depth and quality of student comprehension and critical thinking through several analytical essays (2500 words total required), exams, quizzes, journals, oral or multi-media presentations, class discussions, conferences with individual students, service learning projects, and other methods as necessary to course content.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:Short fiction anthology or collections are selected by the instructor. See individual course formats.
Teaching Methods EmployedSection VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.
Review/Approval Date -1/98; Revised 5/2010