ENGLISH 230 - Introduction to Short Story and Novel
Section: 004 Difficult People
Term: WN 2018
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

When the world outside feels hard, we often turn to fictional characters and worlds to feel better. And yet, rarely are the fictional worlds we turn to uncomplicated or pristine. Instead, some of the most compelling fiction centers on the worlds and experiences of difficult people, characters whose personalities, histories, and choices evoke discomfort, disdain, and even disgust in the reader. This course will take up some of these texts in order to consider the kinds of work performed by encounters with difficulty and difference in fiction. The stories and novels we read will be “difficult” in different ways: some describe difficult characters, some tackle difficult subjects, some use difficult formal techniques. Through the course of our reading, students will practice the basics of identifying, describing, and analyzing the effects of different literary choices, while also considering a larger question: why is "difficult" reading the kind of reading that so often ends up meaning the most to readers?

Course Requirements:

Students can expect to read four novels (Lolita, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Sula, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), in addition to a range of short stories from 20th- and 21st-century Anglophone authors, as well as short essays of literary criticism.

Class Format:

Assignments and assessments will include daily participation, three short response papers, a close reading essay (4-5pp), and a comparative analysis essay (7-8pp).

ENGLISH 230 - Introduction to Short Story and Novel
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
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11407
Open
12
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (REC)
P
11408
Open
3
 
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
003 (REC)
P
11409
Open
2
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
004 (REC)
P
33231
Open
2
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 0679723161
Lolita., Author: Vladimir Nabokov., Publisher: Putnam 1st Vintag 1955
Required
ISBN: 9780393332148
The talented Mr. Ripley, Author: Patricia Highsmith., Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co. Norton ed. 2008
Required
ISBN: 9781400033430
Sula, Author: Toni Morrison ; [with a new foreword by the author]., Publisher: Vintage International 1st Vintag 2004
Required
ISBN: 9781400032716
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time, Author: Mark Haddon., Publisher: Vintage Books 1st Vintag 2008
Required
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