Some or all of the following methods will be used:
- Group work
- Peer editing
- Instructor feedback on students’ work
- Individual consultation
All first-year English literature courses share the following features:
- Students are instructed in the writing of critical essays on literary subjects.
- Students are taught to recognize and understand a variety of literary devices and textual elements, such as metaphor, symbolism, distinctions between author and narrator/narrating persona, and issues of language and of structure, as appropriate to the genres and texts studied.
- Readings and topics vary among sections of the same course, according to each instructor’s selection; however, all course materials are consistent with the objectives/outcomes for this course.
In English 1106, students will read both short stories and novels in at least three different genres of fiction, such as realism, romance, mystery and fantasy.
Upon completion of any first-year English literature course, the successful student should be able to
- read receptively and reflectively, with sensitivity to the subtleties of language;
- recognize and understand literary devices;
- practice writing as a process involving pre-writing, drafting, revising and editing;
- write an essay of literary analysis that develops an interpretive thesis supported by appropriate and correctly cited evidence; and
- give and receive constructive criticism on written work.
Upon completion of 1106, the successful student should also be able to
- recognize different strategies of narrative development in fiction;
- discuss elements of fiction, such as plot, setting, character, and point-of-view;
- understand the features and concepts of genre in fiction; and
- identify and define the interpretive elements of themes in fiction.
- A minimum of two formal academic essays, with a combined value of at least 40% of the course grade.
- A minimum of 80% of the course grade will be based on writing assignments (essays, essay-based exams, journals, paragraphs). A maximum of 20% of the course grade may be based on informal writing (quizzes, short answer tests); oral reports/presentations; participation/preparation grades; and/or other non writing-intensive assignments.
- A minimum of 15% of the course grade will be based on in-class writing (essay or exam).
Sample reading list A:
- The Norton Anthology of Shorter Fiction
- Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
- Bram Stoker, Dracula
- Alice Munro, Selected Stories
Sample reading list B:
- Contemporary Women's Short Stories: An Anthology
- Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
- Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
- Ian McEwan, The Cement Garden
- Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
- Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki, Skim
In combination with another 1100-level English or CRWR course (as per College calendar requirements), this course may serve as a prerequisite for any 2nd year English course.