21L.003 Introduction to Fiction

Fall 2003

Whale being harpooned.
Whale being harpooned. Colored engraving (n.d.). (Image courtesy of the Hart Nautical Collection, MIT Museum ).

Course Highlights

Many of the required readings for this course may be downloaded, and supplementary Web sites of interest are also provided.

Course Description

This course investigates the uses and boundaries of fiction in a range of novels and narrative styles--traditional and innovative, western and nonwestern--and raises questions about the pleasures and meanings of verbal texts in different cultures, times, and forms. Toward the end of the term, we will be particularly concerned with the relationship between art and war in a diverse selection of works.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Wyn Kelley

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session