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ENGL 103 M - Intro to Fiction

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


An introduction to the study of literature and literary history at the university level. Explores such topics as: the historical role and place of fictional narratives, the idea of genre, relationships between context and meaning in fictional works. Student will develop a critical vocabulary for interpreting and analyzing narrative strategies. Course Information: Credit is not given for both ENGL 103 and ENGL 109.

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Introduction to Fiction - What is fiction and how does it work- Why do we care about imaginary things, places, events, and characters- This course will serve as an introduction to the genre of fiction and it will help you develop the skills you need to close read and analyze fiction, as well as to write about fiction argumentatively and persuasively. We will work on becoming familiar with different elements and terms used to analyze fiction, such as point of view, frame, focalization, character, narrative voice, plot, story, tone, setting, symbolism, intertextuality, and theme, to name a few. We will also practice the skill of close textual reading and learn strategies for effective argumentative writing. These critical literary skills of close reading and argumentative writing are important for this class and will stand you in good stead in other courses where you must communicate clearly and persuasively. Primary texts will be novels and short stories. They may include: Anton Chekov

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Undergraduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Fall


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