ENGL 120
The Nature of Narrative Fall 2019
Division I Writing Skills
Cross-listed COMP 111 / ENGL 120
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This course focuses on the nature and function of narrative using a wide range of texts from different periods, traditions and genres. We will analyze the ways in which works of fiction communicate their concerns; in other words: how do they say what they say? And why does “how” matter as much as, if not more than, “what?” We will also look at film, articles, and other relevant texts, accompanying the readings with a few pertinent theoretical texts. The authors we will study may include Homer, Cervantes, Kleist, Kafka, Zweig, García Márquez, Rankine, and Farhadi. All readings in English, although those with foreign language competency are invited to make comparisons with the original where possible.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1087
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active and meaningful class participation; two shorter papers, longer final paper including a draft workshopped in tutorial format
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: students considering a major in Comparative Literature and/or who have studied a foreign language
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 111 Division I ENGL 120 Division I
WS Notes: The two shorter papers will receive extensive comments from the instructor; the instructor will meet individually with students to discuss their writing after the second paper. A partial draft of the final longer paper will be workshopped with the instructor plus a peer partner in tutorials; the tutorials will provide feedback for expanding and deepening the final paper.
Attributes: FMST Related Courses

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