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:45)


Total Weeks: 15




Non-Course Prerequisites:
English 12 with a B, or equivalent (as defined in additional course comments and policies)     




Course Content:
Structural concepts
- Genre, plot story
- Setting, mood
- Character, theme
- Point of view
Writing about literature:
- Conventions and techniques
- Post-colonial theory
- Ideology critique
- Textual criticism


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;
- 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


Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


Additional Comments:
Critical course materials are provided online, in d2L. Foremost among these is the course schedule, which outlines the sequence of topics and assignments that constitute the course. It is the student's responsibility to keep up with course news by regular consultation of course homepage on d2L.
Whether attending a face-to-face section, or taking the course online, there is a strong correlation between student engagement and successful achievement of course outcomes.
NLC instructors use Turnitin to screen student essays for plagiarism.
A penalty of 5 % will be deducted each day an assignment is late; an alternate due date must be obtained from the instructor prior to the original submission date. Students must submit the final essay and write the exam to pass the course.  Failure to do this will result in an automatic 'F' in ENGL 112.  A plagiarized paper will receive '0.'
ENGL 112 requires English Language Proficiency equivalent to having achieved a grade of B in English 12:
                •             English Literature 12 with a B
                •             English 12 First Peoples with a B
                •             ENGL-050 with a B
                •             ENGL-099 with a B
                •             EASL-060 with a grade of Mastery
                •             University-level placement on the NLC Writing Assessment
                •             Any university-level English course with a "C" grade or higher
                •             IELTS Writing Band with 6.5 or higher (or equivalent)


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