English 262:01--Art of Fiction

Tanya Pollard

Speech 231

M Th 2:30-3:45

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Week Date Reading Assignment
1 9-2 Introduction
2 9-6 labor day, no classes
9-9 Peter Ho Davies, "The Hull Case," "Brave Girl"
3 9-13 Davies,"The Next Life," "Frogmen,
9-16 no class, Rosh Hashanah
4 9-20 Davies, "Sales," Everything You Can Remember"
9-23 Davies, "Terraces," "Cakes of Baby"
5 9-27 Davies, "Today is Sunday"
9-30 Jhumpa Lahiri, "Temporary Matter
6 10-4 Lahiri, "Mr. Pirzada"
10-7 Lahiri, "Interpreter of Maladies"
7 10-11 Lahiri, "Mrs. Sen's," "This Blessed House"
10-14 Lahiri, "Bibi Haldar," "Third and Final Continent" 1st paper due
8 10-18 review session
10-21 midterm exam exam
9 10-25 Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
10-28 Pride and Prejudice
10 11-1 Pride and Prejudice
11-4 Pride and Prejudice
11 11-8 Pride and Prejudice
11-11 Pride and Prejudice
12 11-15 Pride and Prejudice
11-18 Pride and Prejudice
13 11-22 Pride and Prejudice 2nd paper due
11-25 no class, Thanksgiving
14 11-29 Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones
12-2 Bridget Jones
15 12-6 Bridget Jones
12-9 Bridget Jones 3rd paper due
16 12-13 review session
final exam exam
Course Requirements and Expectations:

Attendance is required. If you miss more than three classes, no matter what the reason, your overall grade will drop; at six absences, you will fail the class. Arriving late to class will count as one-third of an absence, and may count for more depending on the amount of time missed.


Because this class is based on close reading of literary works, it is very important that everyone has a copy of the reading and brings it to class. If you come to class without a copy of the reading, you may be asked to leave class, and counted as absent for that day.


Learning is a collaborative process, and it is crucial that each of you engage fully with the texts and with each other. To this end, you will be expected to participate actively in class discussions, and you will be required to provide and introduce topics for class discussion on a rotating basis. Your contributions will determine a significant portion of the semester's grade. In order to build a classroom atmosphere of courtesy and concentration, behavior that is disrespectful and interferes with others' learning will not be tolerated. Disruptive behavior, including rudeness, talking while others are speaking, and ringing from cell-phones, pagers, watches, etc, may result in your being asked to leave class and being counted as absent.


Written work will account for 35% of the grade for this course, but you can choose whether to distribute this over one, two, or three essays. Essays should have a thesis that is well argued, clearly written, and supported by analysis of the text. Papers should be typed, double-spaced, in a 12-point font, with one-inch margins on all sides. Late papers will be marked down one-third of a grade per day (that is, from B+ to B, B to B-, etc). Any use of others' ideas must be fully acknowledged in footnotes; speak to me if you are unsure about what this means. Anyone who borrows ideas from external sources (such as books, friends, or the internet) without attributing the source will fail the class and be reported to the Dean's Office.

Coursework and grading:
Participation in class discussion and contribution of topics 25%
papers 40%
midterm exam 15%
final exam 20%

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