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B1  5/31-7/8  MTWTH 10:20-12:15  CAC  04687    HARRIS  SC-221

H6  7/11-8/17 MW 6:00-9:40 PM  CAC  03867  VALENZUELA  MU-208


B1 An introduction to the study of narrative, with special emphasis on form and genre. We will read an eclectic mix of 19th- and 20th-century novels and short stories, from the famous to the less familiar; readings will probably include fairy tales, detective fiction, ghost stories, science fiction, comedy, and tales of adventure. This course is required for prospective English majors; all students are welcome


H6-One of two gateway courses in the English Department, this course provides an introduction to the study of narrative, offering training in how to read and write about fiction from within the field of literary studies. While geared to potential English majors, it is suitable for any student interested in learning how fiction works. Students will come away from this course with a solid understanding of a few key ideas about how narrative works and a technical vocabulary for describing it. Lectures and discussion will focus not only on close readings of selected works of fiction, but also on some big questions about what literature is and what we do when we read and write about it. Our authors may include some of the following: Jane Austen, Joseph Conrad, Virginia Woolf, Chinua Achebe, Toni Morrison, Cormac McCarthy, Junot Diaz, and Jennifer Egan, among others.

The course fulfills part of the Rutgers SAS Core requirements (for AHp and WCD). By the end of the course, students will also have developed grounding in research resources available to students in the humanities and the conventions of the literary essay. Course work may include short writing assignments, class participation, and one final paper. 

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