EN234H Intro to Fiction:Honors

for FA 2012

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EN 234 Introduction to Fiction


FA 2012 HO


Atkinson, Stephen


Associate Professor, English


B.A., English,  Wesleyan University
Ph.D., English Language and Literature, Indiana University

Office Location

Copley 306

Office Hours

MW 12:00-1:00, TR 8:30-10:00 and by appointment

Daytime Phone




Class Days


Class Time

11:35 - 12:50 PM

Credit Hours


We will read the books in the following order.  It's essential that you have the same edition on sale at the Bookstore.

Rudyard Kipling, Kim
Daniyal Mueendin, In Other Rooms, Other Wonders
Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
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Course Description:
EN234 Introduction to Fiction (LE) : 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:
Students are responsible for their own learning and development.  The instructor's job is to design, facilitate, and lend expertise to that process, in order to achieve the outcomes of the course.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze works of fiction in their historical and cultural contexts
  2. Integrate the elements of literary response from affective to analytic
Class Assessment:
There will be no quizzes, tests, or exams.  Assessment will be based on
  1. Active, engaged class discussion
  2. Up-to-date, detailed entries in a Reading Journal
  3. A critical essay.  Details and procedures later.

Honors students will do an "enhanced" version of the final paper, using the supplementary material in our edition of Heart of Darkness.  The projects will be individually designed, and the papers written, in close consultation with me--and with each other.  We may meet apart from scheduled class meetings a few times.

Each of the three assessments counts equally.

  1. Discussion requires attendance but also preparation and contribution.  In other words, you have to be in the room with the rest of us, have read what we've read, listen to what we say, and take active part in the conversation.
  2. The Journal consists of casual, unedited writing.  Topics will be distributed, mostly class by class, but you can always add commentary of your own.  An average of 400 words per week = A; 300 = B; 200, C; and so forth.
  3. The essay will be designed, written, and carefully revised and edited in close collaboration with me and with other students.  Publication in a Park online journal is a possibility.  More later.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
No electronics of any kind.  Phones should be off; laptops closed and stowed.  This is a discussion class, and you have to be talking only to us, listening only to us, and looking only at us.

If you're expecting an emergency call, tell me ahead of time, set your phone to vibrate, and take the call outside the room.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Apart from the order of the books, there is no set schedule.  Assignments will be emailed to the class--that is, to your Park email address--so check it daily.  The assignment for the next class meeting will usually depend on the current day's activities, so you need to keep up-to-date.  There is no e-Companion element to the course; the only e- is email!

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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 "F".
  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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98
Because participation is crucial--both to the class as a whole and to your grade--everyone gets THREE absences only.  Additional absences will lower your Participation grade.

If you know ahead of time that there are days you must miss, give me those dates by the end of Week 2!  They won't be counted.  Otherwise there Are NO "EXCUSED" ABSENCES, so hoard your three free ones for unforeseen events.

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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