E513A – Form and Technique in Modern Literature: Fiction

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Description: This is a reading and discussion class about the way a wide variety of modern and especially contemporary fiction writers use form and technique. Focus will be on the writer’s point of view and on the relationship between theory and practice. Typical discussion might cover the ways in which theme is developed through voice, plot, characterization, tone, and so forth. The course, though not a history of contemporary fiction, may cover trends in fiction from the modernists to the present day–realism, metafiction, minimalism, etc.