ENGL1321 Introduction to Modern Fiction

Course Description

Meets Mn Transfer Curriculum Goal Area 6 and 8 - Humanities, Global Perspective. This course introduces students to the pleasure of reading by focusing on American and global novels published after 1965. Students will analyze and interpret modern literature from diverse authors, genres, and cultural contexts with attention paid to self- and global awareness. Through interaction with various novels, students will engage and formulate theories about fundamental human experiences. Tools for reading and writing critically will be emphasized.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Critically read representative works of modern fiction from American and global authors.
  • Analyze and appreciate representative works of modern fiction from around the world.
  • Examine the impact of diversity on the themes of modern fiction.
  • Apply the human universals expressed in novels from around the world to formulate a comparative perspective of cross-cultural social, economic and political experiences.
  • Recognize and use novel and literary analysis terminology.
  • Explore literary elements used in novels as social commentary.
  • Apply perspective gained from literature to personal and global situations.
  • Evaluate various interpretations of a text and their validity.
  • Analyze the support/evidence for a particular interpretation.
  • Conduct research to find materials appropriate to use for literary analysis.


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3 credits: 3 lectures / presentations, 0 lab, 0 other