LIT 302

The Novel

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 1, 1998 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course studies changes in the novel as a literary form, from the eighteenth century in England to the late twentieth century in America. Students learn to think about such matters as character, plot, point of view, structure, irony and narrative technique, and become more attentive and appreciate readers.

Prerequisites

Learning outcomes

General

  • Articulate substantial and clearly presented responses to novels at a level consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctly characteristic of upper-division courses at comprehensive universities.
  • Conduct literary analysis that is responsive to details and to complexities of text and theme in novels at a level consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctly characteristic of upper-division courses at comprehensive universities.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with subgenres of the novel, and understand the development and characteristics of these subgenres at a level consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctly characteristic of upper-division courses at comprehensive universities.
  • Interpret novels, applying biographical and/or cultural evidence as relevant at a level consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctly characteristic of upper-division courses at comprehensive universities.
  • Know the historical and aesthetic development of the novel as a literary genre at a level consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctly characteristic of upper-division courses at comprehensive universities.
  • Master the integration of literary evidence into the students own writing, including standard formatting and citation practices at a level consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctly characteristic of upper-division courses at comprehensive universities.
  • Read and respond to novels with intelligence and sensitivity at a level consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctly characteristic of upper-division courses at comprehensive universities.
  • Understand and apply literary terms, theoretical concepts, reading strategies, and analytical methods to the study of the novel at a level consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctly characteristic of upper-division courses at comprehensive universities.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts

  • Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  • Understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within a historical and social context.
  • Respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
  • Engage in the creative process or interpretive performance.
  • Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.