Introduction to Issues in Literature and Culture

Topics: Writing, Literature, Essay mill Pages: 4 (987 words) Published: June 11, 2014
ENGL 105: Introduction to Issues in Literature and Culture Minority Voices in Literature: Reclaiming Identity

Tuesdays 5:45-9:45 (Room 2020) and Thursdays 5:45-9:45 (Room 2020) *Summer 2014 Fraser International College

Instructor Martin Behr
Preferred Contact via FIC’s Portal
Conference Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:15-5:45 PM (or by appointment)

Course Description and Objectives
This course critically examines various literary themes in twentieth and early twenty first century novels, plays and poetry. These texts are fictionalized representations of circumstances in which fear, ignorance, and misunderstanding have shaped our sense of modern history and contemporary culture. They give voice and offer claims of identity to those in society who have traditionally remained socially and often economically marginalized, mostly women, the poor, and people of colour. You also will learn the methods of developing an effective thesis and supporting evidence for a literary analysis essay.

Required Texts
Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart.
Choy, Wayson. The Jade Peony
Headrick, Paul. A Method for Writing Essays about Literature Yousafzai, Malala. I Am Malala.
Douglas, Frederick. Narrative of the Life
Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men

Course Notes for ENGL 101
Important: Notes about the course literature and class weekly reading questions will be posted on the Weekly Outline section of Moodle on FIC’s website, This material must be reviewed before coming to class. You must log in using your FIC username and password.

15% Reading Quizzes
  10%Proposal and First Draft of Literary Analysis Essay (1250-1500 words)   20%Revised Draft of Literary Analysis Essay
  20%Mid-Term Exam
  25%Final Exam
10%Attendance and Participation

Grading Scale//
A+ = 95-100%
A = 90-94%
A- = 85-89%
B+ = 80-84%
B = 75-79%
B- = 70-74%
C+ = 65-69%
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