EN 234 Introduction to Fiction
F1T 2007 DL
Wittig, Carol B.
Adjunct Faculty - Department of English
B.A. English - The University of AkronM.A. English - The University of AkronM.L.S. - Kent State University
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August 20 - October 14
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Avoiding Plagiarism (Indiana) http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/wts/plagiarism.html
Skylar Hamilton Burris. "A Catalogue of Symbols in The Awakening by Kate Chopin." http://www.literatureclassics.com/ancientpaths/awakening.html
Kate Chopin--A RE-Awakening: Electronic Library. http://www.pbs.org/katechopin/library/
Online English Dictionary and Thesaurus www.dictionary.com
OWL - The Writing Center @ Purdue University owl.english.purdue.edu/
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Arts & Letters Daily http://www.aldaily.com/
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Close reading of selected="true"="true"="true" works of English and American prose fiction, emphasizing the historical development of the novel and short story. Through readings, writings, discussions and postings, students and the instructor will be able to interact. Essays, a final exam, a major paper, and discussions will be used to cover the course's material.
Your study in this course will consist of reading literary fiction in English from its earlier manifestations in the 18th century to the present and of reading literary critical materials regarding the art of fiction. As we work together to create an open and supportive online environment for this reading, you will also write a brief research paper about some tightly focused topic related to literature and participate in online responses to the literature, the criticism, and to the responses of your classmates. Our work will begin with an introductory writing assignment, some discussion of your experiences in reading fiction and writing about it, and some explanation of the art of fiction and the objectives of our course.
You will be expected to read each of the assignments and to seek additional critical texts that will help you in your explorations of and responses to literary fiction. The readings of this course are not intended to be difficult; but because of the enormous scope of the art of fiction, there will be a lot of it. However, you should be able to consider most of the fiction reading to be recreational. You will probably need to spend several hours reading for every hour you spend online responding to the reading. Enjoy it! Remember, whether they are assigned or not, you should make a habit of reading introductions contained in the assigned books. This requirement makes it important for you to get the exact texts (publisher and edition) that are listed in the "required text" section of this syllabus. We will read three novels and a number of short stories. Most of our fiction will come from British and American authors. Each week, we will focus on a different aspect of the study of fiction.
Educational Philosophy: Critical reading and interpretation are essential keys to Introduction to Fiction. No matter where people's interests in reading lie, being able to read and critically evaluate and interpret text are crucial skills to success in today's society. In addition, we will focus on understanding the connections between fiction and the cultural, historical, and national issues that surround each of us.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
The Core Assessment for En 234 is a critical paper consisting of no fewer than 5-8 pages of original literary analysis using personal insights and primary and secondary sources. MLA documentation, including a Work Cited page, is also required. A minimum of 3 sources are required, and must include a range of types of sources, including online and traditional print sources. The core assessment must account for no less than 25 % of the final grade.
The rubric for this assignment is included below.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Weekly assignments, discussion postings and readings, critical research paper and final examination.
90- 100% (900 points or higher)
80-89% (800 to 899 points)
70-79% (700 to 799 points)
60-69% (600 to 699 points)
Less than 60% (599 or fewer points)
Late Submission of Course Materials:
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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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86
Plagiarism: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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88
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