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Roderick B Overaa
ENGL 242
Seattle Campus

Reading Prose Fiction

Critical interpretation and meaning in works of prose fiction, representing a variety of types and periods.

Class description

ENGL 242 courses are designed to provide an introduction to the skills and techniques associated with reading, analyzing, and writing about fictional literature. This particular course will familiarize the student with different periods of literature and the dominant modes of thought that have influenced fiction writers at various historical junctures; to this end, readings will be drawn from the Romantic, Realist, Modern, and Postmodern periods. In addition to improving reading and writing skills, the student should exit the course with a deeper appreciation for fictional literature and the ways in which fiction both reflects and influences society. Student responsibilities include daily attendance, active participation in discussions and activities, two online postings, two short paper proposals, and two 5-7 page papers with revisions.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Short mini-lectures gnerally followed by longer class discussions. Occasional group work and internet classlist or discussion board communications.

Recommended preparation

Get textbooks and course reader early and start reading. Reading short Wikipedia or similar articles on Romanticism, Realism, Modernism, and Postmodernism, or on any of the authors we will read, will definitely provide a fundamental context within which to read and understand the course texts.

Class assignments and grading

1. 2 Discussion Board posts of no less than 100 words. 2. 2 Paper Proposal (abstracts); generally one paragraph. 3. 2 academic papers 5-7 pages + Works Cited page. Revisions required.

Revised papers: 60% Participation: 30% Discussion Board posts & Paper Proposals: 20% (5% each)


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Roderick B Overaa
Date: 05/22/2009