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ENGL 161  Modern Prose Fiction l: The Elements of Fiction  Units: 3.00  
A study of the Elements of Fiction (plot, conflict, character, setting, viewpoint, language, tone, and theme) in a selection of short stories and novels written in the twentieth century. This course will equip students with a critical vocabulary for reading, interpreting, and writing about modern and contemporary prose fiction. NOTE ENGL 161 is offered in the Fall term, and is linked to ENGL 162, which is offered in the Winter; although students are encouraged to enrol in both 161 and 162, these are separate courses that can be taken on their own.
Learning Hours: 120 (36 Lecture, 84 Private Study)  
Requirements: Prerequisite None. Exclusion Maximum of 6.0 units of ENGL at the 100-level.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  

Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify and describe the various hallmarks or elements of fiction.
  2. Identify, analyze, and employ the language of literary analysis and close reading when discussing short fiction and novels (e.g., metaphor, irony, pathos, parody, rhetoric, ideology, etc.).
  3. Demonstrate a sound knowledge of grammar, punctuation, diction, and syntax.
  4. Compose original arguments that evaluate, analyze, and synthesize primary texts, and that do so within a structural framework that includes a thesis statement, strong topic sentences, textual evidence, a compelling conclusion, and other characteristics of analytical literary essays.
  5. Demonstrate familiarity with a range or literary works by diverse authors from around the globe.