The Art of Narrative

Course Number: ENGL 121
Prerequisites: Writing 2, or 50, or 109, or English 10 or upper-division standing
General Education Areas Fulfilled: Writing Requirement, GE Area G Requirement
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 121
Quarter: Winter 2011
Instructor: Davis, Cynthia
Day(s): MW
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM
Location: GIRV 1112
Description:

According to Ursula Le Guin, American writer of science fiction and fantasy, there are societies that have chosen to work without the wheel, but there are no societies that do not employ stories. The art of narrative is the art of story telling. The readings for the course include fiction, memoir, journals, and short stories. We will look at the various types of narration and narrators, and will briefly discuss the components and characteristics of narrative/narratology before we launch into the readings for the course.

The materials for the course include: a course reader that consists of a collection of short stories and excerpts from longer pieces of literature; Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass; The Turn of the Screw by Henry James; Song For Night by Chris Abani; The Ballad of the Sad Café by Carson McCullers; Tracks by Louise Erdrich; and In The Lake Of The Woods by Tim O'Brien.