21L.003-2 Reading Fiction

Spring 2007

Close-up of the the spine of a book bound in deep brown leather.
Leatherbound edition of Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, published in Oslo, Norway in 1937. (Image courtesy of Geir Halvorsen.)

Course Description

Reading Fiction is designed to sharpen your skills as a critical reader. As we explore both short stories and novels focusing on the theme of "the city in literature," we will learn about the various elements that shape the way we read texts - structure, narrative voice, character development, novelistic experimentation, historical and political contexts and reader response.

Recommended Citation

For any use or distribution of these materials, please cite as follows:

Alisa K. Braithwaite, course materials for 21L.003-2 Reading Fiction, Spring 2007. MIT OpenCourseWare (http://ocw.mit.edu/), Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Downloaded on [DD Month YYYY].

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Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session