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ENGL 215 (F)


Course Description

This course is designed to promote interest in and appreciation for modern and contemporary prose fiction by introducing students to a selection of the most influential short stories and novels of the twentieth century. The course will provide students with a vocabulary for reading and discussing twentieth-century works of prose, and it will explore some of the most important themes, ideas, and preoccupations in modern and contemporary prose fiction. American, British, Canadian, and world authors will be represented.

Evaluation methods will include written assignments, class attendance and participation, periodic quizzes, and a final exam.

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Course Information

ENGL 160 Class Location

Room 210, Walter Light Hall

ENGL 160 Class Hours

Tuesdays, 4.00 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.
Thursdays, 2.30 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.
(Time Block 55)

Teaching Assistants

Laura Franklin (student surnames A - Hilton)


Alina Saadeh (student surnames Holland - Z)


Departmental Student Council (DSC) Representatives

Niki Bayat


Arlene Oldale


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ENGL 160 Course Syllabus (2017-2018)

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Essay Assignments are posted to this Web site three weeks before the essay's due date.

Essay 1 (In-Class) Assignment (posted 28 Sept. 2017; to be written 19 Oct. 2017)

Essay 1 Memo from TA Laura Franklin

Essay 1 Memo from TA Alina Saadeh

Essay 2 (1000 words) Assignment (posted 9 Nov. 2017; due 30 Nov. 2017)

Essay 3 (1000 words) Assignment (posted 25 Jan. 2018; due 15 Feb. 2018)

How to Submit a Late Essay (Syllabus Appendix A)


Silko, "Yellow Woman" (5 Oct. 2017)

Amis, Lucky Jim (chs. 12-18) (31 Oct. 2017)

Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (chs. 11-15) (14 Nov. 2017)

Atwood, The Edible Woman (chs. 7-11) (23 Nov. 2017)

Group Work

Jackson, "The Lottery" (28 Sept. 2017)

Amis, Lucky Jim (chs. 19-25) (2 Nov. 2017)

Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (chs. 16-22) (16 Nov. 2017)

Atwood, The Edible Woman (chs. 13-21) (29 Nov. 2017)


Self-Evaluation (Autumn) Memo (8 Jan. 2018)

Final Examination

Final Examination Format (Syllabus Appendix X)

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PowerPoint Presentations

PowerPoint Presentations are posted to this Web site within 24 hours of class.

Autumn Term

Introduction to ENGL 160 (12 Sept. 2017)

Introduction to Modern and Contemporary Prose Fiction (14 Sept. 2017)

The Elements of Fiction (19 Sept. 2017 - 10 Oct. 2017)

In-Class Essay Instructions (28 Sept. 2017)

Writing Skills Class: Structuring English Essays (12 Oct. 2017)

Writing Skills Class: Developing Thesis Statements (17 Oct. 2017)

Kingsley Amis, Lucky Jim (24 Oct. 2017 - 2 Nov. 2017)

Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (7 Nov. 2017 - 16 Nov. 2017)

Self-Evaluation (Autumn) Instructions (21 Nov. 2017)

Margaret Atwood, The Edible Woman (21 Nov. 2017 - 30 Nov. 2017)

Winter Term

Autumn-Term Assignments (11 Jan. 2018)

Critical Approaches to Fiction (9 Jan. 2018 - 8 Feb. 2018)

Writing Skills Class: MLA Style (13 Feb. 2018)

Writing Skills Class: Grammar and Style Issues (15 Feb. 2018)

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English Department Web Site

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Queen's University Department of English OWL Gateway

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Other Materials

Grade Conversion Scale (Syllabus Appendix Y)

Statement of Academic Integrity (Syllabus Appendix Z)

Grammar and Style Worksheet (15 Feb. 2018)

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This page was last updated on 18 February, 2018 .