Mar 23, 2023
ENG 104_H - Introduction to Literature: Fiction-Honors4 Credit(s)
This course will present to the student a wide range of fiction from various time periods and cultures. Course work will involve students in critical analysis, basic literary terminology, and concepts which will enhance appreciation of fiction. The course may include the short story and the novel or novella. This honors class delves deeper into course topics and requires a high level of student motivation; the pace may be faster than non-honors courses. See www.lanecc.edu/honors for information. Students cannot receive credit for both ENG 104 and ENG 104_H.
Prerequisite: None; recommended to have college-level reading and writing skills (a passing grade in WR 115 or placement into WR 121 ).
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
- Distinguish between connotation and denotation and demonstrate how the connotative language helps shape major points of a literary text (poem, story, play).
- Demonstrate an ability to read works of fiction at both a literal and figurative level.
- Articulate familiarity with social and political perspectives on fiction, such as those that consider race, gender, ethnicity, nationality and sexual orientation.
- Identify and define significant literary devices (such as plot, character, setting, theme and point of view) for the purpose of meaningful interpretation.
- Demonstrate an appreciation of the power of fiction to create worlds.
- Demonstrate an awareness of one’s self and others as members of a culture.
- Demonstrate and ability to differentiate in works of fiction among significant elements (e.g., between short stories by the same or different authors, between short story and novel or film, between works of fiction from different literary-historical periods).
- Interpret works of fiction within their contexts (e.g., literary/historical periods and influences, cultural and biographical background of authors, authorial intentions and critical reception).
- Formulate and apply criteria that are appropriate to the context and genre of the literary text when evaluating works of fiction.
- Distinguish between unsupported responses and literary-critical judgment when evaluating works of fiction.
- Develop initial responses into literary-critical judgment.
- Use effective oral and written communication– including at least one formal essay – to express literary interpretations and evaluations– developed independently and/or collaboratively.
- Produce a significant amount of interpretive and analytical writing using well-selected textual and other evidence.
- Utilize MLA, APA, or equivalent standard style sheet documentation when needed, and edited Standard American English.
- Demonstrate ability to use interpretive frameworks to investigate contextual meanings of literature.
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