Course Instructor Days Times Room
ENGL3610 PARKES, ADAM MWF 2 :30 PM 0126


This course offers an introduction to fiction in short and long forms.  Reading three novels and two collections of stories by some of the greatest writers of fiction in the English language, we will consider what links the novel and the short story as narrative forms, and what divides them.  Employing E.M. Forster (Aspects of the Novel) and James Wood (How Fiction Works) as critical guides and interlocutors, we will pay close attention to plot and story, character and consciousness, pattern and rhythm, language and dialogue, realism and fantasy, and the relationships between those things.  In short, our aim will be to develop an understanding and appreciation of how masters of the art of fiction build their fictional worlds and construct the narrative vehicles in which readers traverse them.


Formal and informal responses, and class participation


Punctual attendance will be mandatory.


Please obtain print copies of the works listed below.  All will be available from the UGA bookstore, as well as from and online used bookstores.

Primary works:

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, ed. Donald Gray and Mary Favret (Norton, 2016.  ISBN: 0393264882); 

Lydia Davis, Break It Down: Stories (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2008.  0374531447); 

James Joyce, Dubliners: Text and Criticism, ed. Robert Scholes et al. (Viking Penguin, 1986. 0140247742); 

Vladimir Nabokov, Laughter in the Dark (Vintage, 1989.  0679724508); 

V.S. Naipaul, A House for Mr. Biswas (Vintage, 2001.  0375707166).

Secondary works:

E.M. Forster, Aspects of the Novel (Harcourt/Mariner, 1956.  0156091801); 

James Wood, How Fiction Works (Picador, 2008.  0312428472).


Either the M.H. Abrams Glossary of Literary Terms or the Bedford Glossary.