ENGLISH 4CF3 Contemp. Fiction
Academic Year: Fall 2016
Instructor: Dr. James King
Office: Chester New Hall 316
Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24493
Office Hours: Mondays at 2:30
- Course Objectives
- Textbooks, Materials & Fees
- Method of Assessment
- Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties
- Additional Policies and Statements
- Topics and Readings
English/CSCT 4CF3 – Contemporary Fiction
Instructor Name: Dr. James King
Chester New Hall Room 316, ext. 24493
Office Hour: Monday, 2:30-3:20
Seminars: Mondays, 9:30-11:20 CNH 332
This seminar will focus upon recent English, American, and Canadian fiction. In particular, works which are metafictional in nature will be studied, and a great deal of attention will be paid to the relationship between contemporary literary theory and contemporary fiction: has recent fiction been influenced by critical theory, or have theorists responded to recent fiction? Another concern of the course will be ‘genre-blurring,’ especially the relationship between autobiography and fiction.
Textbooks, Materials & Fees:
Nabokov, Pale Fire
D. Sijie, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Ondaatje, Running in the Family
S. Selvadurai, Funny Boy
R. Mistry, Tales from Firozsha Baag
Barnes, Flaubert's Parrot
Kincaid, Annie John
Barker, Union Street
Auster, Moon Palace
Adija, The White Tiger
Kingston, The Woman Warrior
Method of Assessment:
1 short seminar (10 minutes) 20%
1 long seminar (15 minutes) 25%
1 essay (2,500-3,000 words) 40% due date: Monday, November 14
Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:
Late work will not be accepted.
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Topics and Readings:
Topics will be assigned at the first meeting of the seminar.