Department of English

Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University

2202232  Introduction to the Study of English Fiction


Puckpan Tipayamontri

Office: BRK 1106.1

Office Hours: M 1-3, W 3-4 or by appointment

Phone: 0 2218 4703


Group 3

My task which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word to make you hear, to make you feel—it is, before all else, to make you see.  That—and no more, and it is everything.

--Joseph Conrad



! If you don't already have course evaluation forms, please pick up them up from my office, fill them out, and return the completed forms to a staff member at the English Department office (BRK 1110) on or before Friday, October 5, 2007.  I prefer that you fill in the two-page evaluation form in place of the one page official blank form.  If you want to fill out both, that's fine too.

  • the department code is 2202

  • our course code is 2202242

  • our section code is 001

  • my instructor ID is 00040744

! The course Blackboard may begin shutting students out in preparation for next semester.  If you can't log in, e-mail your literary observations and discussion to me and I'll post them on our class website instead.


! Final Exam on Monday, September 24, 2007: There will be two parts, each worth 50 points, one on the short stories we have read throughout the semester, and one on the novel Amsterdam.

Course Outline

Detailed Schedule (group 3)


We will be exploring a thematic selection of fiction written in English. You will have a chance to familiarize yourself with various elements of fiction, share ideas and findings about the reading, and build on the English skills and academic methods you have practiced in year one.


Class Time: M 10-12, W 8-9

Class Location: BRK 313


  • McEwan, Ian.  Amsterdam.  1998.  London: Vintage, 2005. (page numbers referred to in this class are of this edition)

  • Coursebook (4 short stories and Intro to Fiction booklet of literary terms)

  • Course Packet (background and critical materials)

Requirements and Expectations

  • Reading Responses: You may write reading responses as often as you wish, but at least e-mail me something every Friday. Think of the responses as an attempt to explain, discuss or comment on a question that you pose about the reading. I don't expect more than half a page but these should be well thought out. Quality is more important than quantity. I am always willing to discuss your ideas or questions about the reading or about the course. See samples.

  • Attendance and Participation: Discussion of the texts will be a big part of this class and students are encouraged to express their opinions, share observations and ask questions. Come prepared to discuss the reading material. This is an important way to learn and increase your understanding about the readings. Use this opportunity in class to expand your perspectives!  See Student-Led Discussion Schedule (Word file version).

  • There will be three tests, a final, and one paper/project.

    • Test I: Ha Jin, "Saboteur"

    • Test II: Amsterdam

    • Test III: Katherine Mansfield, "The Doll's House"

    • Final

    • Final Paper/Project

Blackboard Academic Suite for group 3.

Course Syllabus (Word file)

Studying Literature
  • Klarer, Mario.  An Introduction to Literary Studies.  2nd ed.  London: Routledge, 2004. (CL  820.K63I)

  • Lynn, Steven.  Literature: Reading and Writing with Critical Strategies.  New York: Pearson Longman, 2004. (CL  808.L989L)

  • Undergraduate Guide for Studying Literature (How well do you understand what you have read?, keeping a reading journal, critical terms for discussing literature, guidelines for writing essays, what the grade on your essay means, what to do with your marked essay, marking symbols and abbreviations; also has downloadable pdf file)

  • Literary Resources on the Net

Useful Texts

Abrams, M. H.  A Glossary of Literary Terms.  8th ed.  Boston: Thomson, 2005.


Gibaldi, Joseph.  MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.  6th ed.  New York: Modern 

Language Association of America, 2003. (library has 5th ed.)


Bressler, Charles E.  Literary Criticism: An Introduction to Theory and Practice.  Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1999. (Arts Reserve  PN81 B843L)


Brooks, Cleanth, and Robert Penn Warren. Understanding Fiction. 3rd ed. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1998. (library has 2nd ed.)


Gillespie, Sheena, Terezinha Fonseca, and Tony Pipolo, eds.  Literature Across Cultures.  New York: Pearson Longman, 2005. (CL  808.8 La776)


Kennedy, X. J.  An Introduction to Fiction.  New York: Longman, 1999. (Arts  PN6120.2 K36I)


Kennedy, X. J., and Dana Gioia.  Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama.  9th ed.  New York: Pearson Longman, 2005. (CL  808 K36L 2005)


McMahon, Elizabeth, Susan Day, and Robert Funk.  Literature and the Writing Process.  New York: Macmillan, 1986. (Arts Stack  PE1417 M263L)


Murfin, Ross, and Suryia M. Ray.  The Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms.  Boston: Bedford, 2006. (library has 2nd ed.; CL ref PN44.5 M975B, Arts PN44.5 M975B)


Oxford English Dictionary.  2nd ed.  20 vols.  Oxford: Oxford UP, 1989.


Perrine, Laurence.  Story and Structure.  5th ed.  New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1978. (Arts Stack  PZ1 P42St5)


Roget's International Thesaurus.  6th ed.  Ed. Barbara Ann Kipfer.  New York: Harper, 2001. (library has 3rd ed.)


Rohrberger, Mary.  An Introduction to Literature.  New York: Random House, 1968. (Arts  PN45 R737I)

Literature Links
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