EN234 Introduction to Fiction

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EN 234 Introduction to Fiction


F2J 2006 PV


Harrison Hartley


Senior Adjunct Instructor



Office Location

Before and after class and by appointment.

Office Hours

Before and after class and by apointment.

Daytime Phone

Call (816) 279-8100 anytime; leave a message.



harrisonahartley@wildmail.com  [Use for fast response]

Semester Dates

23 October to 17 December 2006

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM



Credit Hours


Short Fiction: Classic and Contemporary ed. by Charles Bohner and Lyman Grant, 6th 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:
Fiction offers us a window on the "inscape," the interior geography of the human mind and soul. Anyone who wishes to explore this territory and discover more about what it means to be human can do so by learning how and where to look through a study of literary critical methods and by reading broadly from the works of masters, past and present. This class will explore the inscape using a variety of techniques. Class members will read, analyze, and discuss what they have read giving particular attention to the elements of fiction, use of symbolism and rhetoric, and make a clear statement supported by the text regarding their interpretation of both the personal and social implications of each piece studied. There will also be lectures followed by general discussions, dramatic readings by the instructor, video presentations when appropriate, research exercises, and demonstrations relating to the works under consideration using art and artifacts from many world cultures. 

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

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Define and describe the characteristics of the five major genres and their relation to topical genres
  2. List and explain the function of each element of fiction in selected works
  3. Produce oral and written analyses that are logical, clear, and supported by a given text and demonstrative of a growing ability to understand material of increasing subtlety and complexity
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:
Evaluation of the course will be based on four readings quizzes (each including short analytical comments on the works under study), comprehensive midterm and final examinations, a two or three page critical paper due the sixth week, and a critical paper of at least 1000 words requiring research and documentation due the eighth week. (*NB: the requirements for this paper are discussed fully above at "Core Assessment" in a statement provided by the English Department and are universal components of all similar Park literature courses.) 


Readings Quizzes/Comments:           40% of the course grade.

Midterm Examination:                        10% of the course grade.

Critical Essay #1:                              10% of the course grade.

Critical Essay #2:                              20% of the course grade.

Comprehensive Final Examination:   20% of the course grade.


Late Submission of Course Materials:
Material will be accepted late with the approval of the instructor. ALL material, however, must be submitted by the end of the last class barring anything less than catastrophic circumstances.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class will break for sustenance about 6:40 (it's hard to think on an empty stomach) and again about 8:15 in homage to the necessities of nature. If you wish to bring coffee or food, please do so, and if you care to record lectures for your notes later, you are welcome to that as well. Please turn off your cell 'phone or put it on "silent mode" if you need to stay in touch with someone on an emergency basis.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

"A good book should be truer than if it really happened." - Ernest Hemingway

The following schedule notes the general theme around which a given class will be organized (or a clue to tickle the imagination into activity and slant its motion in a particular direction) and the dates when assignments are due and tests will be given. Note that assignments are made for the following week (which always seemed more reasonable to me than listing them on the week you are already supposed to have them read).

Class Dates

Lecture/Discussion Topic

Assignments (each for the following week)

Due Dates for Quizzes/Study Guides,Tests,Papers

Meeting - 1,
25 Sept.

Writing on the Walls of Caves: From Lascaux to Plato to You. (Reading of Poe, Bierce, and London in class.)

For next time, read "The Yellow Wallpaper"{Gilman), "The Birthmark" (Hawthorne), "Hills Like White Elephants" (Hemingway), "A Rose For Emily" (Faulkner), "I Stand Here Ironing" (Olsen), and sections V and VII as directed.


Meeting - 2,
1 Nov.

"Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned."

For next time, read "I Want to Know Why" (Anderson), "Paul's Case" (Cather), "Soldier's Home" (Hemingway), "The Lottery" and Biography of a Story in section IV (Jackson), "The Man Who Was Almost a Man" (Wright).

Quiz/Study Guide 1 Due

Meeting - 3,
8 Nov.

MOST of us want to know "why!"

For next time, read "The Overcoat" (Gogol" and The Legacy of Gogol's Overcoat" in sec.IV (O'Connor), "Young Goodman Brown" (Hawthorne), "The Necklace" (DeMaupassant), "TheRocking-Horse Winner" (Lawrence), "The Things They Carried" (O'Brien), "The Death of Ivan Ilyitch" (Tolstoy) (Midterm examination review sheets will be provided.)

Quiz/Study Guide 2

Meeting - 4,
15 Nov.

The problem with Huck Finn's Suit.

For next time, read "Gimpel the Fool"(Singer), "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" (O'Connor), "Dry September" (Faulkner), "A & P" (Updyke), "The Use of Force" (Williams), "A Worn Path" (Welty).

Midterm Examination

Meeting - 5,
22 Nov.

On the most pernicious race of little odious vermin ever permitted to crawl over the face of the planet. (Who... US?)

For next time, read
"The Pedestrian" (Bradbury), "Repent, Harlequin! Said the Tocktockman" (Ellison), "By the Waters of Babylon" (Benet), "There Will Come Soft Rains" (Bradbury),"Harrison Bergeron" (Vonnegut), "The Portable Phonograph" (Clark).

Quiz/Study Guide 3 Due. Discuss topics for essays 1 & 2.

Meeting - 6,
29 Nov.

"Penance hath he done, And penance more will do."

For next time, read "The Heart of Darkness" and material provided; prepare your essay 2 draft.

Essay 1 Due

Meeting - 7,
6 Dec.

A man who thinks he can't be fooled already has been.

For next time, finish essay 2 and review for the final examination. (Review sheets will be provided.)

Quiz/Study Guide 4 & essay 2 draft due.

Meeting - 8,
13 Dec.

"Our revels now are ended...."

"Human beings are born with a terrible handicap - they're all so far behind in their reading!" HH

Essay 2 Due
Final Examination

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
NB: All university rules governing academic honesty and plagiarism will be stricly enforced.

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
An education seems to be the one thing Americans are willing to pay for and not get. You paid for a product and I will do my dead level best to deliver it. If you must come late, do! (Better late than spend hours trying to catch up staring at a monitor.)If you know you must miss a class, inform me as far in advance as possible; otherwise, call me as soon after you miss as possible in order to receive an "Excused" rather than an "Unexcused" absence, but try not to miss at all. One class in an accelerated course equals a week on the regular schedule, and time is very much of the essence!

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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