EN234 Introduction to Fiction

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EN 234 Introduction to Fiction


FA 2006 HO


Wood, Jane


Associate Professor of English



Office Location

310 Copley

Office Hours

MWF 10:00--11:00 and by appointment

Daytime Phone




Semester Dates

Fall 2006

Class Days


Class Time

9:00 - 9:50 AM

Credit Hours



The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. eds. Richard Bausch and R.V. Cassill, Seventh Edition.

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway



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Additional Resources:
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers by Joseph Gibladi. Make sure to use the Sixth Edition

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Course Description:
Close reading of selected works of English and American prose fiction, emphasizing the historical development of the novel and short story. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

Together we will read, discuss, write, and attempt to understand both the simplicity and complexity of reading fiction.


Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the definitive features of fiction as a literary genre
  2. Discuss a representative range of fictional texts
  3. Articulate a response/ interpretation of a single text or body of related texts

Core Assessment:

All Park University courses will include a Core Assessment with rubric. This will include ¾ of the Core Learning Outcomes listed above. The Core Assessment in this course will be a major critical paper of no fewer than 5 pages, which will include research and MLA documentation. The project will be completed in the final quarter of the term.

 The rubric for this assignment is published so the student can see the expectations. 

Each student must completea 1500-word research project focused tightly upon one of the above topics.Students are encouraged to approach their projects froma multicultural or global perspectiveand to use topics, skills, and methodsappropriate to their own academic majors in completingtheir projects. The projects will be presented in three parts (i.e., prospectusand two drafts).

Your research papers should beformatted simply in Word, Rich Text, or Text. Please do not include any graphics, charts, or other objects that require complexity in downloading or take up a lot ofcyberspace.  Such items willnot improve your grade.

The prospectus is to besubmitted on the date indicated inthe course content menu. It contains1) a tentative thesis (derived fromone of the items listed above under"This Term's Topic"), 2) abrief overview of what you intend to do, and 3) a bibliography of sources [boththe primary sources (the literature)and the critical sources you will use]. I suggest that you annotate yourbibliography with brief comments about how you mightuse them in your researchpaper.  Your prospectus should be no longer than 300 words.

The first draft of the paper (1000-1500 words in length, the same as the final draft) is to be submitted by the specified date. In preparation, youshould have read the primary worksand studied outside sources that support a tightly-focused thesis.  In this writing, you should present everything you have learned so far that hasbearing upon your thesis. Quotations and/or paraphrases are useful in thisdraft. It should have an effective opening paragraph that clearly states thepaper's thesis and provides the reader with a fundamentalidea of the directions your paper will take. It musthave several paragraphs, each thoroughly exploring a subtopic of your thesis.And, in the end, the readers should be satisfied that you explored andsupported your topic and thesis thoroughly, explained your ideas clearly, andpresented conclusions that are supported by the content of your paper. Thisdraft must include as its final pagea bibliography or list of works cited containing at least three authoritativeentries specifically cited in your paper; and you mustcite your sources whenever it is appropriate through in-text citations,footnotes, or some other legitimate MLA form.Although you may list tertiarysources such a encyclopedias in your bibliography, they do not count as part ofthe three required sources. Citation of sources mustreflect your general mastery ofbibliographical form. This draftwill be evaluated upon the above considerations but not upon its grammar,spelling, or punctuation.

If you have been entirely successful in writing your first draft, your finaldraft may be nothing more than a carefully edited version of the first.However, you should look carefully at this final version to be sure that newproblems have not emerged in its developmentand organization which were not noticed earlier. I encourage you to proofreadyour final drafts with a friend or a tutor to ensure that you have discoveredand corrected all mechanical errors.MLA style is required.

Late submission of any draft (forfull credit) is not accepted without an excellent documentedexcuse. Second and final drafts mustbe typed double-spaced. If, at any timeafter the 1st draft, you decide to change your primarysources or to change completely the major focus of your project, you must start over with a new first draft.

Your first draft receives 25% of the project credit (50 points out of 200).Your final draft, 75% (150 points out of 200). The prospectus will be includedas part of your Discussion/Homeworkgrade.

Class Assessment:
Critical Papers, in-class writings, objective/essay exams.


Quizzes                           10%

Paper 1 (3--5 pages)       10%

Paper 2 (3--5 pages)        15%

Paper 3 (5--7 pages)        20%

Midterm                            20%

Final                                 25%

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

No cell phones.

No sleeping.

No running with scissors.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
please see attached.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
You may have three unexecused absences. Upon your fourth unexecused absence you will drop a letter grade in the course. Upon your sixth unexcused absence you will drop a letter grade in the course, and so on.

Doctor's notes, death in the family, and other such reasons why you cannot be in class need to be discussed with me either prior to your absence or upon your return.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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