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ENGL 112 - Prose Fiction

This course develops college-level academic reading and writing skills by studying literary theories, themes and techniques, in fictional prose. Evaluation is conducted through written assignments and in-class evaluation. 


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 3)


Total Weeks: 15



Applicants who do not have at least a 'B' in English 12 (or English Literature 12) or at least a 'C' in an university-level English course must complete the NLC Writing Assessment and discuss the results with a Recruiter at Student Services before registering in 100-level English courses, Management 100, or introductory Creative writing at the 200 level.  Recruiters consider performance on the Assessment in conveying recommendations about appropriate courses.


Non-Course Prerequisites:






Course Content:

CONCEPTS                                                                                          TEXTS

genre, plot story                                                                      Alistair MacLeod, "The Boat"

setting, mood                                                                          Jean Arasanayagam, "All is Burning"

                                                                                              Alex La Guma, "The Lemon Orchard"

character, theme                                                                     Katherine Mansfield, "The Garden Party"

point of view                                                                            Charles Baxter, "A Relative Stranger"

personal response                                                                  John Montague, "An Occasion of Sin"

                                                                                              D.H. Lawrence, "Odour of Chrysanthemums"

writing about literature: conventions and techniques

post-colonial theory and criticism                                               Introduction to The Empire Writes Back

                                                                                                Neil Bissoondath, "The Cage"

                                                                                                Bharati Mukherjee, "A Wife's Story"

                                                                                                Margaret Laurence, "The Loons"

                                                                                                Louise Erdrich, "Fleur"

ideology critique and textual criticism                                         J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

                                                                                                Douglas Coupland, Shampoo Planet

                                                                                                Ben Stiller (director), Reality Bites


Learning Outcomes:
This course will develop students' rhetorical and cognitive abilities by inviting them to think closely and critically about literature. As students read, discuss, and write about modern and contemporary prose fiction, they will become more familiar with the formal concepts of literary criticism, including theme, technique, structure, and genre. The course will encourage students to situate literature within particular historical, biographical, critical and cultural contexts.
After completing English 112, students should have an appreciation of the literary genres of the novel and the short story. Students should be able to:
- use literary and other texts to reflect their personal experiences;
- empathize with the experience of other as reflected in literary and other texts;
- analyze literary and other texts according to objective criteria;
- use the concept of genre as a conceptual tool for the understanding of literary and other texts;
- place the particular literary genres of the novel and the short story in social and historical contexts;
- express an awareness of their critical and theoretical positions relative to literary and other texts;
- select a focused research site within a literary text;
- employ prestige abstractions--such as race, class, and gender--that are relevant to the disciplinary community;
- present an argument through "close reading";
- use methods of development to organize textual details in effective ways;
- engage in effective library research that facilitates the use of primary and secondary sources;
- provide accurate and consistent attribution by adhering to the MLA style of documentation;
- demonstrate an understanding of rhetorical structures in published literary criticism, particularly the use of theory;
- express their various forms of understanding in well-constructed essayistic discourse according to disciplinary conventions.
The objectives outlined above are consistent with the list of "aims" developed by the BC English Studies Committee.

Knowledge: Literary, historical, sociological, psychological

Attitudes: Open-mindedness, tolerance to difference

Skills: Oral, literary, creative thinking & problem solving

Technologies: Word-processing, use of on-line content delivery software, videoconferencing


Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.
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