(F)acts or Fiction? Finding Fiction in Literature and Life

R1A (Section 1) :  English Composition through French Literature in Translation
Fall 2013
A. Skrzypczynska



Course Description:

This course will examine the ways in which literature and film expose and engage with the relationship between fact and fiction, be this relationship one of distinction, ambiguity, or both. Referring to a variety of literary genres will allow us to move from thematic discussions about fiction to discussions of how texts themselves can be demonstrations of fiction at work, thus inviting us to consider the value of fiction in everyday life and fiction’s potential to affect how we relate to the world. This will allow us to ask what the dangers are of fiction that is too real while also asking how ordinary life and experience might require fiction, and how fiction can also be something very “human.”

This course serves as an introduction to literary analysis and as a guide to the composition of well-argued essays. This will be accomplished by class discussion, by breaking down essay-writing into manageable components, and by extensive rewriting. French R1A fulfills the first half of the Reading and Composition Requirement in the College of Letters and Science. All readings and lectures are in ENGLISH.

Additional information:

French R1A satisfies the first half of the Reading and Composition Requirement. Classes are conducted in ENGLISH.

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