The Art of Fiction


Objectives

1. identify and define type of narrator;
2. distinguish between plot and story;
3. interpret information a setting can give;
4. identify theme/message in a novel/short story;
5. describe and define characters;
6. recognize stylistic features;
7. identify point of view;
8. give an interpretation of a novel/short story;
9. analyse the relationship between fiction and photography;
10. write a travel account;
11. compare texts dealing with similar topic/theme but belonging to different historical periods.


Procedure

The works we will consider are all related to travels and travelling experiences. First we will analyse B. Chatwin's In Patagonia. After that we will consider another type of traveller, Robinson Crusoe and will try to interpret it in more than one way. Afterwards we will compare it with J.M. Cotzee's Foe: we will do it using the following chart .
We will then read J. Conrad's Heart of Darkness in order to find out whether the journey which is described there is just geographical or much more than that. Finally we will find out about Mrs. Moore's journey in A Passage to India by E.M. Forster.

What will you be able to do in the end?

Tell the story of each work and talk about the characters; distinguish between types of narrators; give information about the historical context of each story; describe the main elements of fiction in each story; find out symbolical meanings