Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ENG 104
Course Title:
Introduction to Literature (Fiction)
Credit Hours:
4
Lecture Hours:
40
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

Examines significant works of fiction, short stories and novels, from diverse cultures and periods in history; explores fiction as an art form designed to provoke thought and challenge social norms; considers fiction as an expression of human experience. Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should able to:

1. Recognize and understand the variety of stylistic choices that authors of fiction make within given forms and how form influences meaning.
2. Articulate ways in which the text contributes to self-understanding.
3. Engage, through the text, unfamiliar and diverse cultures, experiences and points of view, recognizing the text as a product of a particular culture and historical moment.
4. Understand the text within the context of a literary tradition or convention.
5. Evaluate various interpretations of a text and their validity through reading, writing, and discussion in individual and group responses analyzing the support/evidence for a particular interpretation.
6. Conduct research to find materials appropriate to use for literary analysis, using MLA conventions to document primary and secondary sources in written responses to a literary text

Outcome Assessment Strategies


Assessment tools may include informal responses to study questions; evaluation of small- and full-group discussion; in-class and out-of-class writing; formal essays, as well as informal responses to study questions and other types of informal writing; presentations by individuals and groups; short and long essay exams; close reading exercises using support/ evidence; writing exercises which include evaluation of various interpretations of a text and their relative validity. Both instructor and peer evaluation may be incorporated in the assessment process.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, and Issues:

  • setting
  • plot
  • point of view
  • tone/voice
  • narration: 1st, 2nd, 3rd person, omniscient, etc.       
  • unreliable narrator gender
  • narrative styles
  • rhetorical strategies      
  • diction
  • character
  • climax 
  • denouement
  • symbol                         
  • imagery                                               
  • intertextuality 
  • flashback
  • ambiguity
  • irony
  • allusion
  • form/structure
  • dialogue                       
  • theme
  • structuralist theory                       
  • feminist theory
  • psychoanalytic theory
  • Marxist theory
  • postmodern theory
  • reader response theory
  • new historicism
  • biographical criticism
  • race
  • evidence
  • documentation
  • thesis
  • regional or national literatures
  • censorship
  • stereotyping
  • class
  • contextualizing
  • sources/influence
  • explication of the text
  • genres of fiction
     

Competencies and Skills

  • analysis
  • synthesis
  • understanding prose fiction through contexts such as society, politics, 
  • artistic conventions, multiple interpretations of an author, etc.
  • writing about fiction
  • close readings
  • critical reading employing reviews and critical essays
  • speaking and listening reflectively
  • small-group collaboration