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Prose Fiction
Course Details

Course Code: ENGL 112


Calendar Description:
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.

Date First Offered:

Total Hours: 45
Lecture Hours: 3

Total Weeks: 15

This course is offered online: Yes
Depending on semester schedules, this course may be available online. Please consult the Academic Timetables.

Any one of the following functions as a prerequisite for English 112:
(1) an "A" in English 12 within the past two years;
(2) satisfactory performance on the Northern Lights College Writing Assessment;
(3) a passing grade in English 99: Foundational Writing (a "C" or better is recommended);
(4) previous credit in a university-level English course.

Non-Course Pre-Requisites: None

Co-Requisites: None

Rearticulation Submission: No

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 & techniques
  • post-colonial theory & 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 & 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, student 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, Percentage

Passing Grade:
D (50%)

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 25 %
Midterm Exam: 15 %
Assignments: 50 %
Participation: 10 %

Number of Assignments: 3

Nature of Participation:
class discussion of topics & texts

Writing Assignments:
3 essays: response & analysis

Percentage of Individual Work: 100

Course Offered in Other Programs: Yes

Other Programs: SSWD
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