LI 220 Fiction and the Human Experience
Spring 2012
Dr. Hamblin

Course Description:

A study of fiction by significant writers past and present.  University Studies course.  Prerequisite:  EN 100.

Principal University Studies Objectives:


The Story and Its Writer, 7th edition, edited by Ann Charters (available in Textbook Service)

Course Requirements:

Course Outline:

Week of:

Jan 17                     Introduction


Jan 23                     Joyce, "Araby"; Bambara, "The Lesson"; Updike, "A & P"

Jan 30                     Wright, "The Man Who Was Almost a Man"; Cheever, "The Swimmer"

Feb 6                       Masterpiece Focus:  Conrad, "Heart of Darkness"

Personal Relationships

Feb 13                     Faulkner, "Barn Burning"; James, "The Real Thing"; Steinbeck, "The Chrysanthemums"

Feb 20                     Walker, "Everyday Use"; Fl. O'Connor, "Everything That Rises Must Converge"              

Feb 27                     Masterpiece Focus:  Baldwin, "Sonny's Blues"

Individual and Society

[Mar 2                    Paper #1 due] 

Mar 5                     Jackson, "The Lottery"; Fr. O'Connor, "Guests of the Nation"; Camus, "The Guest"

[Mar 9                    Midterm Exam]

Mar 12                   W. C. Williams, "The Use of Force";  Faulkner, "A Rose for Emily" 

Mar 19                   Masterpiece Focus:  Kafka, "The Metamorphosis"   

Cultural and Philosophical Matters

Mar 26                   Cisneros, "The House on Mango Street"; London, "To Build a Fire";
                               Alexie, "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven"

Apr 2                      Crane, "The Open Boat"; Gilman, "The Yellow Wall-Paper"

Apr 9                      Masterpiece Focus:  Joyce, "The Dead"

Aging and Dying

Apr 16                   Bierce, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge"; Welty, "A Worn Path"; Irving, "Rip Van Winkle"

[Apr 16                  Paper #2 due]

Apr 23                    Masterpiece Focus:  Tolstoy, "The Death of Ivan Ilych"       

April 30                  Final summation and review

May 7-11               Final Exams

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