The Art of Narrative

Course Number: ENGL 121
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General Education Areas Fulfilled: Check on GOLD
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 121
Quarter: Summer A 2013
Day(s): MTWR
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:05 PM
Location: PHELP 3519

The Art of Narrative serves as an introduction to theories and texts that illuminate an array of narrative techniques and their histories, developments, and potentials. Our primary texts range widely from the medieval (Canterbury Tales) to the modern (The Woman Warrior), and from the well-mannered (Emma) to the downright ghastly (The Turn of the Screw) allowing us a wide lens for scoping out continuity and divergence in narrative form.

As we come to know free indirect discourse and frame narratives, diegesis and discourse, we will consider the important ways that narrative directs our experience of stories, and how narratives imagine and shape their own readers.