FictionRWA Elements of Fiction

Reading and Writing Assignment: The Elements of Fiction
Introduction to Fiction
Professor Rodgers


Please read the following introduction to The Elements of Fiction: 
Introduction to the Elements of Fiction (University of New Mexico).  After carefully reading and taking notes on this introduction, please read Kate Chopin’s short story “The Story of an Hour,” which you will find a link to in our Introduction to Fiction Digital Reader.  Please print out a copy of the story, make notes on it, and take notes on it as you read.   After re-reading the story, please respond to the following questions:


1/ Please describe as carefully and completely as you can the key events in the story. 

2/ Choose one paragraph or passage from the story that caught your attention or that you had questions about. Why did it particularly interest or confuse you? Why is it important to the story as a whole? 

3/ In one paragraph, explain what you liked about the story. Locate at least one quote that reflects and illustrates what you liked about it.

4/ Based on what you've learned from reading the introduction apply the following terms to the story:  plot, theme, character, setting, story.

Please type your responses to these questions, follow MLA formatting guidelines, and make sure to read over your responses at least once before handing in the assignment. 





 

Reading and Writing Assignment: What Is Fiction and How Do We Talk About It? (ENG2001: DO NOT DO THIS ASSIGNMENT!)
Introduction to Fiction
Professor Rodgers

1/ Please read the Jonathan Culler essay that I handed out in class, paying particular attention to pp 28-34.  In one page or less, please consider and reflect on the following:  In what way or ways do Culler’s definitions of what literature is relate to what you wrote about what fiction is?  Please explain. 

2/ In one page or less, please reflect on what you understand and do not understand in the Culler essay.  What questions do you have after reading the essay?

Please type your responses to these questions, follow MLA formatting guidelines, and make sure to read over your responses at least once before handing in the assignment. 

Please read the introduction to Fiction: A Pocket Anthology (pp. 1-20).  After carefully reading and taking notes on this introduction, please do the following:

1.  Using what you know about the purpose of introductions, and using the first paragraph of Gwynn's introduction, write your own introduction to a collection of short fiction.

2.  Relate a brief story that you know. 

3.  Based on what you've learned from reading the introduction apply the following terms to the story:  plot, theme, character, setting, story.

Please type your responses to these questions, follow MLA formatting guidelines, and make sure to read over your responses at least once before handing in the assignment. 

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