SRJC Course Outlines

5/28/2024 7:02:57 PMENGL 2 Course Outline as of Fall 2017

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  ENGL 2Title:  INTRO TO THE NOVEL  
Full Title:  Introduction to the Novel
Last Reviewed:3/13/2023

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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Through reading and discussion of outstanding novels students will analyze the elements of the novel form: narration, point of view, structure, plot, character, theme, style, diction, and metaphorical language.

Completion of ENGL 1A or higher (V8)

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Through reading and discussion of outstanding novels students will analyze the elements of the novel form: narration, point of view, structure, plot, character, theme, style, diction, and metaphorical language.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:Completion of ENGL 1A or higher (V8)
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesFall 1981
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesFall 1981
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Describe the principles of literary analysis related to the study of the novel.
2.  Apply principles of literary analysis to novels.
3.  Write critical analysis and response papers about novels.

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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Read, analyze, and interpret novels that represent the history, diversity, and evolution of the
     novel as a literary and cultural form.
2. Identify and apply several methods for reading and interpreting novels.
3. Distinguish the literary and cultural inheritance drawn from the works studied and from the
     novel as a genre.
4. Recognize and critique the narrative elements that allow for interpretation and evaluation of
     any novel.
5. Interpret the connection between an individual novel and the particular time and place from
     which it arises.
6. Use secondary and critical material in the study of literary texts.

Topics and Scope
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I. Precursors to the novel
   A. The oral tradition
   B. Narrative and epic poetry
   C. Short fiction
II. The early novel
III. The rise of the novel
   A. The eighteenth century
   B. The early nineteenth century
IV. The victorian novel and the flowering of the novel as genre
   A. The rise of the middle class and the novel as a cultural medium
   B. Changing mores and manners
V. The modern novel
    A. The novel in the age of film
   B. The novel in the age of technology
   C. The novel in world culture
   D. The novel as a means for social/political change
VI. The elements of fiction
   A. Plot vs. story
         1. Exposition
         2. Description
         3. Narration
         4. Action
         5. Conflict
   B. Characters
         1. Round or dynamic
         2. Flat or static
         3. Protagonist vs. antagonist
   C. Point of view
         1. First person
         2. Third person omnipotent
         3. Third person limited
         4. Experimental second person
   D. Style
         1. Realism, psychological realism, magical realism
         2. Other uses of the novel as form
   E. Diction
   F. Symbolism
   G. Theme
VII. Schools of criticism
   A. Reader-response
    B. Marxist
    C. Feminist
    D. New historicist
    E. Psychoanalytical
    F. Queer theory
   G. Gender studies
   H. Post-colonial
   I. Ecocriticism      
VIII. Literary research
   A. Secondary sources
   B. MLA documentation

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Assignments may include:
1. Detailed summaries
2. Reading response journal
3. One to two short critical response papers (500-1,000 words)
4. One paper including extensive library research with complete and correct MLA
     documentation (1500 to 2000 words)
5. Two to four short library research assignments
6. One to two personal response papers in reaction to readings, videos, lectures, novels, and
     literary criticism
7. One group or individual presentation about particular works, authors, schools of criticism,
     time periods, or literary styles
8. Readings of varying lengths, including novels and literary criticism (50 to 100 pages per
9. Viewing videos outside the classroom setting
10. Essay examination
11. Objective examination and quizzes
12. Participation in class discussions

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
60 - 80%
Summaries; Reading Journals; Analysis/Response Essays; Research/Analysis Essay; Research Exercises
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
5 - 15%
Objective examinations and quizzes; essay exams
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 25%
Participation in class discussion; individual or group presentation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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The Theory of the Novel. McKeon, Michael. Johns Hopkins: 2000 (classic)
The Novel: History, Geography, Culture, Vol. 1. Moretti, Franco. Princeton: 2007 (classic)
The Novel: Forms and Themes, Vol. 2. Moretti, Franco. Princeton: 2007 (classic)
Emma. Austen, Jane. Bedford/St.Martin's: 2001 (classic)
Jane Eyre. Bronte, Charlotte. W. W. Norton: 2016
Waiting for the Barbarians. Coetzee, J.M. Penguin: 2010 (classic)
Maggie: A Girl of the Streets. Crane, Stephen. Penguin: 2000 (classic)
Madame Bovary. Flaubert, Gustave. Dover: 1996 (classic)
The Portrait of a Lady. James, Henry. Oxford: 2009 (classic)
Mrs. Dalloway. Woolf, Virginia. Harvest: 1990 (classic)
White Noise. DeLillo, Don. Penguin Classics: 2009 (classic)
Beloved. Morrison, Toni. Vintage: 2004 (classic)
The Things They Carried. O'Brien, Tim. Mariner Books: 2009 (classic)
Things Fall Apart. Achebe, Chinua. Anchor: 1994 (classic)
Kindred. Butler, Octavia E. Beacon: 2014
The House on Mango Street. Cisneros, Sandra. Vintage: 1991 (classic)
A Gesture Life. Lee, Chang-rae. Riverhead Books: 2000 (classic)
Instructor prepared materials

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