ENG-4110 The Form and Theory of Fiction

3 credits

Prerequisite: ENG-3130 or permission of instructor.

This study of novels and short stories focuses on their structure and on the ideas that give life to that structure. It is a workshop-oriented course primarily for writers, and much of the criticism read has a practitioner's focus. Topics include the form of the novella, tone and texture in the contemporary short story, and the novel as memoir. Major fiction by American and European writers is studied, along with representative novels and short stories by non-western and third world writers. (Spring semesters, odd years)