Fall 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Across time and cultures, people tell stories. These stories can give order and meaning to people's lives, express the values of a particular time and place, and entertain and delight the reader. In this course, we will read a number of short stories from a variety of cultures in order to understand what makes a story “work,” what makes a “good” story, and how stories can provide insight into cultures that differ from ours. We will also look for patterns among stories to see if different cultures share anything when it comes to story-telling, seeking to understand what makes story-telling a distinctly human practice. Throughout the course, we will examine different theories about story, ranging from myth and archetype to neuroscience.
Student Learning objectives:
1. To analyze and think critically about literature and to express these thoughts through writing, discussion, and presentations.
2. To gain exposure to a variety of important authors from around the world and to recognize the importance of their literary contributions.
3. To make connections between the story-telling of fiction and the story-telling of film and other media.
4. To study a variety of theories about narrative, and apply them to works of fiction.
The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction , Shorter Seventh Edition
Richard Bausch, R. V. Cassill ;
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
10%: Weekly Reading Quiz (Drop 2)
15%: Discussion leading and participation
50%: Brief reading response papers (5 papers, 2 pgs. each)
25%: Final Project: 6 pgs. Writing and research and a brief presentation.