99年第1學期-4070 小說選讀 課程資訊
|Class discussions and short (written) reports||20|
|Individual reports (at least two)||20|
|Mid-term short paper||20|
|Final Term Paper (Research Project)||40|
Course Objectives (I expect the students to achieve the following objectives by the end of the course):
1. Be able to meaningfully discuss and critically examine a work of fiction
2. Write book reviews and zone in to research topics and possibly write a thesis
3. Be familiar with some of the major scientific, philosophical, and literary trends (History of Ideas) that have been instrumental in the writing and study of novels
4. Be able to teach the English novel to students at the high school and college level.
5: Expand their vocabulary and add to their repertoire of critical terms and jargon
6: Widen their world-view and sharpen their critical ability
7: Relate to writings by writers whose mother-tongue is not English
8: Be able to respond and compare works by different authors writing at different periods of time, separated by genre, and culture etc..
9: Be exposed to changes in language and gender/culture
10: Be more aware of language as a medium of translation.
This course offered to MA students will take into account several aspects of Narrative FICTION Studies and story telling by way of the major writers (in English) over the past two centuries. They will be divided as follows:
1: Narrative – the story itself
2: Narration – how the story is told
3: Narrator – the story teller
4: Narratology – the art of story telling.
This course will primarily examine the narrative elements of fiction:
Students will first examine narrative elements of fiction—the story itself—through study of J.K. Rowling’s, Harry Potter. In this work, we will examine such structural elements as characterization, plot structures (i.e. linear, episodic, etc.) and dramatic conflict. In addition students will explore a major school of critical thought aligned to the assigned reading such as selections from E. M Forester’s, Aspects of the Novel.
Next, students will explore aspects of fictional narration and narrator in Herman Hesse’s, Siddhartha. Here we will look at voice, tone, narrator reliability, denouement and the sense of an ending. Critical essays on narration will be read along with the novel and students will be made familiar with Monroe Beardsley’s “Intentionalist and Affective Fallacy.”
Finally, narratology will be investigated in relation to what students have read up to this point in addition to selections from Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club and Yasunari Kawabata’s Snow Country. This will aid students in comparing the cultural and gender specific aspects of narratology. The development of the novel has been made possible with the advances in sociology, psychology, philosophy and studies in mythology. The student will be made familiar with these “extrinsic” schools of criticism as applied to narratology. Critical essays and selections from Husserl, Freud, Jung, Kierkegaard, Hegel, Schiller, Northrop Frye, J.G. Frazer etc. will be assigned as topics for class reports and short presentation papers…
Office Hourby appointment
1: J.D. Salinger. The Catcher in the Rye.
2: Eliot, George. Silas Marner.
3: Yasunari Kawabata. Snow Country.
4: Lawrence, D.H. Sons and Lovers.
5: J.K. Rowling. Harry Porter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
6: Albert Camus. The Outsider.
7: E.M. Forster. A Passage to India.
8: Amy Tan. Joy Luck Club
9: Salman Rushdie. The Ground Beneath Her Feet
10: Lindsay McKenna. Wild Woman.
11: Herman Hesse. Siddhartha.
Selections will be made from the above