This course introduces short stories and the novel through examples of the genres drawn
primarily from the twentieth century. The course is not a chronological or historical survey of
literature. Instead, it examines the general characteristics of fiction by focusing on short
stories and a novel. This course also provides a review of basic grammar, punctuation, and
instruction in composing critical essays. ENGL 1011 (Literature and Composition II) is the
continuation of ENGL 1001 and focuses on drama and poetry.
After you complete this course, you should be able to:
- Identify and correct faults in sentences and paragraphs.
- Describe the components and basic structure of a short story and novel using specific
examples from works studied in the course.
- Identify and discuss the literary patterns in a short story or novel.
- Read prose literature beyond the factual or literal level, for example, on a metaphorical
level that reveals the human condition.
- Write coherent and focused critical essays on literary texts and topics. Apply analytical
techniques in a critical essay.
- Apply analytical techniques in a critical essay.
Module 1: Introduction to Short Stories
Module 2: Characterization
Module 3: Setting
Module 4: Plot
Module 5: Point of View
Module 6: Style
Module 7: Theme
Required text and materials
Students will receive the following:
- The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. 8 ed. R.V. Cassill et al.. New York: W.W.
Norton & Co. (2015).
Type: Textbook, ISBN: 978-0-393-93775-6
- Pride and Prejudice, A Norton Critical Edition. Austen, Jane. New York: Norton &
Type: Textbook, ISBN: 978-0-393-26488-3
Bundle ISBN: 978-0-393-62641-4
- The Bare Essentials with Workbook LLF + APA Card. 9th ed. Sarah Norton & Brian
Green. Toronto: Nelson Education Ltd. (2017).
Type: Textbook, ISBN: 978-0-17-692353-2
Note: The Workbook is looseleaf
Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.
In order to successfully complete this course, students must obtain at least 50 % on the final
mandatory examination and 50 % overall. It is strongly recommended that students complete all
assignments in order to achieve the learning objectives of the course. The total mark will be
determined on the following basis:
|Assignment 1: Diagnostic Essay
|Assignment 2: Critical Essay
|Assignment 3: Comparison and Contrast Essay
|Assignment 4: Research Essay on Pride and Prejudice
|Final exam (mandatory)
Open Learning Faculty Member
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is by
phone if you are taking the print-based version of the course and through the “mail” tool in the
Learning Environment if you are taking the web-based version. You will receive the necessary
contact information when you start your course.