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ENGLISH 1102 Course Materials: Fiction

English 1102 resources for instructors

Happiness

Teaching Suggestions

  • Encourage students to compare their personal views on happiness to those presented in these stories. 
  • Use these stories to teach students about symbolism.

Historical Context

Teaching Suggestions

  • Ask students to research the historical periods and events in these stories, and then determine what these stories "say" about their respective periods via their themes, characterizations, conflicts, etc. 
  • Ask students to research the authors of these stories and explore connections between the author's biographies and the stories. Bloom's Literary Reference Online is a great database for short author biographies.

Madness

Teaching Suggestions

  • With a little research, student can explore cultural and/or historical contexts with these stories. Modern History Online and American History Online contain many short articles from specialized encyclopedias and other reference texts. Using these databases is a great way for students to branch out beyond GALILEO's "DISCOVER" search box.
  • Prompt students to compare the narration of each of the stories, and the effects of that narration.
  • Want to do a unit on Madness in literature? Add "A Rose for Emily" from the Love section of this page.

 

Facing Death

Teaching Suggestions

  • In each of these stories, at least one character is staring death in the face. Have students compare these stories with non-fiction accounts of death and dying. 
  • How are these stories impacted by their style of narration?

Despair

Teaching Suggestions

  • Have students compare the portrayals of despair in Chekhov's dramatic, almost comical, story with Hemingway's more subtle, journalistic style of prose. 
  • The brief segment on Hemingway in the video, Paris 1928, succinctly describes his famous prose style and includes a well read excerpt from A Farewell to Arms as an example.

Love

Teaching Suggestions

  • Why are so many literary works about love? 
  • Medical ethics, IRB's, and all the other trappings of modern scientific study are missing from "The Birthmark," which can lead to lively discussions about the place of such things in our modern world, and in our institution specifically. 
  • Checkov's "Verochka" twists its plot with flashbacks and recollections. This story can be used to discuss a narrative arch, and is a great companion to "A Rose for Emily." 

Other Stories

Open Source Textbooks

Short Story Ebooks

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