ENGL 2610 - Introduction to Prose Fiction
Credit Hours: 3.00
Prerequisites: ENGL 1220 or ENGL 1190
This course emphasizes the reading and discussion of fiction, such as novels, novellas, and short stories. Class work includes readings, discussions, and lectures on a diverse selection of prose fiction from various places and times with a consideration of the individual work’s style, form, and milieu. Students will write critical papers.
Billable Contact Hours: 3
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OUTCOMES AND OBJECTIVES
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the structural elements of the works being studied.
- Identify key structural elements of a text.
- Provide meaningful descriptions of the structures of the works being studied.
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to understand and critically evaluate the theme, tone, point of view, and setting of works being studied.
- Recognize and discuss the theme, tone, point of view, and setting of prose fiction works.
- Discuss how the author’s concerns, style, persona, and description of setting contribute to the way prose fiction works.
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to demonstrate an ability to analyze character.
- Develop criteria for analyzing character.
- Recognize and discuss the contribution of setting, theme, tone, and structure to the reader’s perception of character.
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to develop an individual evaluation of the writer’s conception of the world and the system of values that accompanies it.
- Recognize and discuss the writer’s use of prose fiction’s common themes.
- Evaluate the place of historical forces or events in the writer’s work.
- Analyze the writer’s role in literary movements or the writer’s place in the historical development of prose fiction.
- Discuss the socio‐economic background presented in the world of the writer’s work.
- Compare international and multicultural aspects of the various worlds presented in the works being studied.
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to recognize the interplay of reason, imagination, and emotion in prose fiction.
- Explain of the role of reason in the works being studied.
- Recognize and discuss the role of imagination in the works being studied.
- Evaluate the role of emotion in the works being studied.
- Describe prose fiction as the artistic creation of the whole human being, encompassing reason, imagination, and emotion.
Upon completion of this course the student will be able to write papers that combine literary analysis with correct standard documentation format.
- Shape a controlling idea for each paper, stated in an introduction.
- Develop the controlling idea for each paper in a body, using appropriate support and evidence.
- Organize each paper appropriately, unifying paragraphs by means of topic sentences, linking paragraphs by a variety of transitions, and arranging the main points effectively.
- Summarize the controlling idea of each paper in a conclusion.
- Document sources used for each paper according to standard format.
COMMON DEGREE OUTCOMES (CDO)
CDO marked YES apply to this course:
- Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
- Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
- Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
- Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
- Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
- Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
COURSE CONTENT OUTLINE
The course covers prose fiction representing a variety of technical approaches. Novels assigned during the course should not duplicate those included in other course offerings by the department, nor should all be twentieth century products. Whatever the basis for selection, the general characteristics of fiction are emphasized, with the instructor providing background material that helps to place the work into its cultural and historical context as outlined below.
- Definition: What is the Novel? Novel, Novella, and other prose fiction.
- Reading the Novels.
- Setting, Point of View, and Tone.
- Character and Theme.
- Structure and Plot.
- The Writer’s System of Values.
- Common Themes.
- Historical Developments.
- Literary Movements.
- Socio‐Economic Backgrounds.
- The Writer’s Conception of the World.
Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088
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