The Storytellers: Reading Fiction

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Storytellers: Reading Fiction

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Literatures in English

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Before enrolling in Reading Fiction you should have completed 1016LHS Introduction to Literature: Texts and Traditions.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    In The Storytellers: Reading Fiction, you will read, discuss and write about some major Anglo-American novels written over the past 200 years. The course provides a comprehensive introduction to concepts, tools and techniques required for the analysis of works of fiction. Further, the course will explore the historical development of various genres and chart the movement from realism to Modernism. Reading Fiction aims to develop the disciplinary grounding necessary for advanced literary studies, but also to introduce you to practices of individual reading and writing that lay the foundations for lifelong learning.

    Course Introduction
    Reading Fiction provides a comprehensive introduction to the methods, concepts and techniques used in the analysis of narrative fiction (novels and short stories). It focuses on technical elements such as narration, plot, characterisation, setting and theme, and explores how these formal devices function together to make a meaningful whole in our reading of literature. The course also explores the historical development of various genres of narrative fiction. Finally, it approaches more philosophical questions related to fiction's impact on, and value for, readers.

    Course Aims
    Reading Fiction encourages you to develop literary analytical skills through a direct and personal engagement with a number of major novels written in the twentieth century. The course examines the relationship of literature and aesthetics by focussing on how fiction represents subjective experience, and how novels relate to the extra-fictional world. The assessment tasks encourage you to become a more perceptive reader, and to research and take account of the critical reception of fiction.

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

    1. understand and discuss how works of fiction generate meaning, and communicate ideas and emotions to readers;
    2. understand different types of fiction within their historical contexts, and how context helps to determine thematic structure and content;
    3. write clearly, perceptively and fluently about literary texts;
    4. participate actively in, and sometimes lead, group discussion and analysis of literary texts;
    5. undertake advanced literary studies courses with confidence; and
    6. appreciate reading fiction as an imaginative, life-enhancing experience.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.