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Understanding English Fiction

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Understanding English Fiction Course Description

Course Title Understanding English Fiction         Course Code

Course Prerequisites An Introduction to English Literature, The History of English Literature

Course Follow-ups Understanding English Poetry, Understanding English Drama

Credit 2                               

Total Semester Credit Hours 32          

Lecture Hours 32   Experiment Hours0  Computer Hours0     

Practice Hours0

SchoolSchool of Foreign Studies


Course Description:

Understanding English Fiction is an elective course for English majors. Compared to other literary genres, fiction is more informative, has wider coverage, and presents life more vividly, full of variety. Fiction is more representative because it reflects the style and features of the time. In Understanding English Fiction students analyze and criticize English fiction from the perspective of intention, plot, construction, character, narrative time, point of view, and theme. Course outcomes are the improvement of students’ reading comprehension and increased capacity to appreciate English fiction, as well as the strengthening of sensitivity to English language and literature.

Textbooks and Course Materials:

1.       Brooks, C., Warren, R. P. Understanding Fiction [M]. Beijing: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, 2004.

2.       Foster, E. M. Aspects of the Novel [M]. Beijing: China Translation & Publishing Corporation, 2002.

3.       Guerin, W. L. A Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature [M]. Beijing: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, 2004.

4.       林六辰.英美小说要素解析[M].上海:上海外语教育出版社,2009. (Lin, L. An Approach to Fiction [M]. Shanghai: Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press, 2009.)

5.       宁一中.英美小说选读[M].北京:外语教学与研究出版社,2016. (Ning, Y. Selected Readings in English and American Drama [M]. Beijing: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, 2016.)

6.       师彦灵.英美小说欣赏导论[M].北京:北京大学出版社,2011. (Shi, Y. Understanding British and American Fiction [M]. Beijing: Beijing University Press, 2011.)


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