Course

Reading Fiction, Poetry and Plays

Faculty
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department
English
Course Code
ENGL 1109
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
35
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Seminar
Online
Hybrid
Typically Offered
To be determined

Overview

Course Description
This course emphasizes the close reading of three genres – fiction, poetry, and plays – and examines their defining features.
Course Content

All first-year English literature courses share the following features:

  1. Students are instructed in the writing of analytical essays on literary subjects.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 of the course. 

In English 1109, students will examine works in three literary genres: 

  1. Fiction (novels and/or short stories)
  2. Poetry
  3. Plays
Methods Of Instruction

Some or all of the following methods will be used:

  1. Lecture/discussion
  2. Group work
  3. Peer review
  4. Instructor feedback on students’ work
  5. Individual consultation
Means of Assessment

The course evaluation is consistent with the Douglas College Evaluation Policy.

  1. A minimum of two formal academic essays, with a combined value of at least 40% of the course grade.
  2. A minimum of 80% of the course grade will be based on writing assignments such as essays, essay-based exams, journals and paragraphs. A maximum of 20% of the course grade may be based on informal writing such as quizzes and short answer tests, and/or non writing-intensive assignments such as oral reports, presentations, participation and preparation.
Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of any first-year English literature course, the successful student should be able to

  1. read analytically and reflectively with attention to the subtleties of language;
  2. recognize and understand literary devices;
  3. practice writing as a process involving pre-writing, drafting, revising and editing;
  4. write an essay of literary analysis that develops an argumentative thesis supported by appropriate, correctly integrated and cited evidence; and
  5. give and receive constructive criticism on written work.

Upon completion of English 1109, the successful student should be able to recognize and understand,

  1. in reading fiction,
  • the features of genre in fiction;
  • different strategies of narrative development in fiction;
  • elements such as plot, setting, character, and point-of-view; and
  • the development of themes in fiction.
  • in reading poetry,  
    • poetic forms (open/free verse versus closed or constraint-driven forms, such as the ballad or sonnet);
    • the difference between poet and speaker;
    • tone, including irony;
    • figurative language, such as metaphor and symbolism;
    • diction, including the differences between denotative and connotative meaning;
    • syntax and other details of grammar and style, such as enjambment; and
    • prosody and sound effects, such as alliteration, rhythm, and rhyme.
  • in reading plays,
    • character;
    • components of structure, including plot and sub-plot, exposition and conflict;
    • dialogue, monologue and soliloquy; and
    • performance and staging.
    Textbook Materials

    A list of required textbooks and materials will be provided for students at the beginning of the semester.

    Sample reading lists:

    Sample 1:

    McMahan, Funk, Day and Ashley, eds. Literature and the Writing Process, Canadian ed.

    Thompson, Lion in the Streets

    Sample 2:

    Jones, Live from the Afrikan Resistance

    Gordimer, Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black and Other Stories

    Mtwa, Ngema, and Simon, Woza Albert

    Pierre, Shakespeare's N****

    Requisites

    Prerequisites

    Any College entrance Language Proficiency Requirement with the exceptions of the Douglas College Course Options in ELLA or ENGU and the assessments listed below. These require the specified higher standard for entry into CMNS, CRWR and ENGL courses.
    • a minimum grade of C- in ELLA 0460, or a minimum grade of C- in both ELLA 0465 and 0475, OR
    • a minimum grade of C- in ENGU 0450 or ENGU 0455 or ENGU 0490, OR
    • Mastery in ELLA 0330 and any two of ELLA 0310, 0320, or 0340, OR
    • TOEFL overall score of 83 with a minimum of 21 in Writing, OR
    • IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no band below 6.0; for individual bands below 6.0:
           • if in Speaking, ELLA 0210 required
           • if in Reading or Listening, ELLA 0220 required
           • if in Writing, ELLA 0230 and ELLA 0240 required
    OR
    • CLB score of 8, OR
    • CEFR level B2+, OR
    • CAEL minimum overall and essay score of 70 (computer or paper based), OR
    • recognized equivalent or exemption.

    Corequisites

    No corequisite courses.

    Equivalencies

    No equivalent courses.

    Course Guidelines

    Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

    Course Transfers

    These are for current course guidelines only. For a full list of archived courses please see https://www.bctransferguide.ca

    Institution Transfer Details for ENGL 1109
    Camosun College (CAMO) CAMO ENGL 161 (3)
    Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU ENGL 103 (3)
    Coast Mountain College (CMTN) CMTN ENGL 102 (3)
    Emily Carr University of Art & Design (EC) EC ENGL 100 lev (3)
    Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) FDU ENWR 1102 (3)
    Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU ENGL 1204 (3)
    Langara College (LANG) LANG ENGL 1129 (3)
    Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU ENGL 111 (3) or SFU ENGL 1XX (3)
    Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU ENGL 1210 (3)
    Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU ENGL 1XX (3)
    University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO ENGL 1st (3)
    University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV ENGL 110 (3)
    University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC ENGL 100 (3)
    University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV ENGL 108 (3)
    University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC ATWP 1XX (1.5)
    Vancouver Community College (VCC) VCC ENGL 1XXX (3)
    Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU ENGL 125 (3) or VIU ENGL 135 (3)

    Course Offerings

    Fall 2022

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    32765
    Mon Wed
    06-Sep-2022
    - 07-Dec-2022
    06-Sep-2022
    07-Dec-2022
    Szymanski
    Nathan
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    35
    22
    13
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    Mon Wed
    New Westminster - South Bldg.
    S1670
    12:30 - 14:20
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    32766
    Mon Wed
    06-Sep-2022
    - 07-Dec-2022
    06-Sep-2022
    07-Dec-2022
    Szymanski
    Nathan
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    14
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    New Westminster - South Bldg.
    S1670
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    33989
    Mon Wed
    06-Sep-2022
    - 07-Dec-2022
    06-Sep-2022
    07-Dec-2022
    Emilsson
    Wilhelm
    Open
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    35
    4
    31
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    Mon Wed
    Coquitlam - Bldg. B
    B2010
    12:30 - 14:20
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    Status
    33990
    Tue Thu
    06-Sep-2022
    - 07-Dec-2022
    06-Sep-2022
    07-Dec-2022
    Emilsson
    Wilhelm
    Open
    Max
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    Remaining
    Waitlist
    35
    6
    29
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    Tue Thu
    Coquitlam - Bldg. B
    B2030
    12:30 - 14:20