Reading Fiction

Close-up of the the spine of a book bound in deep brown leather.

Leatherbound edition of Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, published in Oslo, Norway in 1937. (Image courtesy of Geir Halvorsen.)


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Spring 2007



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Reading Fiction is designed to sharpen your skills as a critical reader. As we explore both short stories and novels focusing on the theme of "the city in literature," we will learn about the various elements that shape the way we read texts - structure, narrative voice, character development, novelistic experimentation, historical and political contexts and reader response.

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Alisa Braithwaite. 21L.003-2 Reading Fiction. Spring 2007. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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