Maricopa Community Colleges  ENH275   19944-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 3-22-1994

ENH275  1994 Summer I - 9999

LEC  3.0 Credit(s)  3.0 Period(s)  3.0 Load  Acad

Modern Fiction

Includes novels and short stories of modern writers which reflect significant themes of our time.

Prerequisites: None.


Course Attribute(s):

General Education Designation: Humanities and Fine Arts - [HU]

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


ENH275  1994 Summer I - 9999

Modern Fiction



Define modern fiction. (I)


Explain how modern fiction represents the question of meaning, problems of perception, and ways of thinking and knowing. (I)


Describe narrative techniques representative of modern fiction. (I, II)


Describe how modern writers represent time and memory in human thought processes. (II)


Explain how characterization and the writer's style underscore theme in modern fiction. (II)


Describe how setting, symbolism, point-of-view, and plot relates to the story as a whole. (II)


Describe the ways that scientific theory (e.g. Darwinism, Freudian theory) manifests itself in works of this period. (III)


Explain the impact of various schools of political and sociological thought (e.g. Marxism) on fiction of the 20th century. (III)


Identify recurring themes (e.g. alienation, escape) in the fiction of the modern period. (III)


Explain the relationship of cultural and social values to literature. (III)


Describe the impact of major historical movements (e.g. Civil rights, feminism) and events (World War II, Vietnam) on the fiction of the modern period. (III)

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MCCCD Official Course Outline:


ENH275  1994 Summer I - 9999

Modern Fiction


I. Modern fiction

A. Definition

B. Represent questions

1. Meaning

2. Problems of perception

3. Thinking and knowing

C. Narrative techniques

II. Modern writers

A. Represent time

B. Represent memory

C. Characterization - theme

D. Writers style - theme

E. Story relationships

1. Setting

2. Symbolism

3. Point of view

4. Plot

III. Influence on modern fiction

A. Scientific theory

1. Darwinism

2. Freudian theory

B. Political and sociological thought

1. Marxism

2. Other

C. Recurring themes

1. Alienation

2. Escape

D. Cultural and social values

E. Historical movements

1. Civil rights

2. Feminism


4. Vietnam

5. Other


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