English 100

Junior Seminar: Introduction to Narrative Theory

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
7 Fall 2004 Hutson, Richard
Hutson, Richard
TTh 9:30-11 221 Wheeler
Other Readings and Media

Aristotle: Poetics; Bakhtin, M: The Dialogic Imagination; Barthes, R: S/Z; Chesnutt, C: The House Behind the Cedars; Propp, V: The Morphology of the Folktale; Sophocles: Sophocles I: Three Tragedies; course reader


"This is an introduction to some classics in the theory of narrative. We will look also at a number of, mainly, short narratives and analyze them closely, slowly. Theorists as early as Aristotle always used an exemplary narrative for their analyses, and so we shall have to read the narratives of the theorists along with the theories. We shall strive to listen to stories, to see how plots are composed, organized.

There will be a number of exercises, many of them ungraded but required. And I project that there will be required about five papers that will be graded. "

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