Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Modern Fiction
Course: ENH275

First Term: 1994 Summer I
Lecture   3 Credit(s)   3 Period(s)   3 Load  
Course Type: Academic
Load Formula: S

Description: Includes novels and short stories of modern writers which reflect significant themes of our time

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Define modern fiction. (I)
2. Explain how modern fiction represents the question of meaning, problems of perception, and ways of thinking and knowing. (I)
3. Describe narrative techniques representative of modern fiction. (I, II)
4. Describe how modern writers represent time and memory in human thought processes. (II)
5. Explain how characterization and the writer`s style underscore theme in modern fiction. (II)
6. Describe how setting, symbolism, point-of-view, and plot relates to the story as a whole. (II)
7. Describe the ways that scientific theory (e.g. Darwinism, Freudian theory) manifests itself in works of this period. (III)
8. Explain the impact of various schools of political and sociological thought (e.g. Marxism) on fiction of the 20th century. (III)
9. Identify recurring themes (e.g. alienation, escape) in the fiction of the modern period. (III)
10. Explain the relationship of cultural and social values to literature. (III)
11. Describe the impact of major historical movements (e.g. Civil rights, feminism) and events (World War II, Vietnam) on the fiction of the modern period. (III)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Modern fiction
   A. Definition
   B. Represent questions
      1. Meaning
      2. Problems of perception
      3. Thinking and knowing
   C. Narrative techniques
II. Modern writers
   A. Represent time
   B. Represent memory
   C. Characterization - theme
   D. Writers style - theme
   E. Story relationships
      1. Setting
      2. Symbolism
      3. Point of view
      4. Plot
III. Influence on modern fiction
   A. Scientific theory
      1. Darwinism
      2. Freudian theory
   B. Political and sociological thought
      1. Marxism
      2. Other
   C. Recurring themes
      1. Alienation
      2. Escape
   D. Cultural and social values
   E. Historical movements
      1. Civil rights
      2. Feminism
      3. WWII
      4. Vietnam
      5. Other
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date:  3/22/1994

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