Introduction to Prose 2013/2014

Fakultas Ilmu Budaya Universitas Padjadjaran
Program Studi Sastra Inggris
Semester Gasal Tahun Akademik 2012/2013
Introduction to Prose
Ari J. Adipurwawidjana,,
Phone: +62227790212 (Dept of English Office), +6281910526156 (RCLRLS), +62227533278 (Home), +6287822118131 (Cell)

I. Course Description
This course is intended to introduce students to both literature in general and that which is expressed in prose, fiction and non-fiction, though much of the course will be devoted to the former. Thus, by the end of the semester students will be expected to have the ability to

  1. Generally explain the socio-cultural significance and function of literature in general and narrative fiction in particular as well as indicate the kinds of exchanges, interactions, and transactions that the works present and represent.
  2. Identify and elaborate on the general features of the literary prosaic essay and modern narrative fiction, especially the novel and the short story as genres.
  3. Appreciate and critique fiction and non-fiction both orally and in writing as well as respond to differing readings and interpretations.
  4. Write a thesis-driven, argumentative, research-based academic essay on a particular work or a set of works.

II. Readings
A. Required Texts
1. Addison, Joseph. “The Royal Exchange.”
2. Aidoo, Ama Ata. “Certain Winds from the South.”
3. Allen, Woody. “My Philosophy.”
4. Carver, Raymond. “Mr. Coffee and Mr. Fixit” and “One More Thing.”
5. Connell, Richard. “The Most Dangerous Game.”
6. Conrad, Joseph. “Lagoon.”
7. Doyle, Arthur Conan. Sign of Four.
8. Emerson, Ralph Waldo. “The American Scholar.”
9. Fern, Fanny. “Hints to Young Wives,” “Independence,” and “The Working Girls of New York.”
10. Hawthorne. Nathaniel. “The Minister’s Black Veil.”
11. Hemingway, Ernest. “Indian Camp.” (Study Questions)
12. Kureishi, Hanif. “My Son the Fanatic.”
13. Lodge, David. Changing Places.
14. Malamud, Bernard. “My Son the Murderer.”
15. Mason, Bobbie Ann. “Residents and Transients.”
16. Melville, Herman. “Bartleby the Scrivener.”
17. Moore, Lorrie. “How to Be an Other Woman.”
18. Parker, Dorothy. “But the One on the Right.”
19. Poe, Edgar Allen. “The Black Cat.”
20. Rowlandson, Mary. “A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson.”
21. Swift, Jonathan. “A Modest Proposal.”

B. Additional Reading

  1. Barry, Peter. “Theory before Theory.” In Beginning Theory. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2002.
  2. Perrine, Laurence. “Elements of the Short Story,” In Structure, Sound, and Sense. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1974.
  3. Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Sixth Edition. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2003.

III. Activities
In this course students are required to

  1. Attend class meetings on time
  1. Students will be allowed four (4) unexcused absences out of the sixteen (16) class meetings. Unexcused absences include those instances when students are hindered from coming to class due to alarm-clock malfunction, prolonged breakfasts, traffic problems, incidental mild health issues, and unexpected minor domestic emergencies.
  2. Note, however, though there is no penalty for such failure to attend class, an absent student will not receive points for participation or activities conducted in class that day.
  3. Tardiness of more than fifteen (15) minutes into class time will count as an unexcused absence.
  4. Only absences due to authorized and approved University/Faculty/Department-sponsored events, severe health problems, and serious domestic situations will be considered as excused absences. For excused absences, a student must provide a written justification from a relevant authority. A student must confer with the instructor to determine whether a medical condition is mild or severe, or whether a domestic emergency is minor or serious.
  5. Excused absences cannot be an excuse for failure to submit assignments on time.

2.      Read all of the required texts, and contribute the result of their readings in class as well as online. The quality of such contributions, whether they take the form of questions or comments, will be assessed as the “Participation” grade item

3.      Bring all available required texts and all available handouts to class

4.      Secure regular access to the internet, particularly to,,, and

5.      Take

  1. four (4) scheduled quizzes,
  2. one (1) Midterm Examination (Ujian Tengah Semester/UTS), and
  3. one (1) Final Examination (Ujian Akhir Semester/UAS).

Should a student find herself in a situation in which they may miss a class meeting where a quiz or an examination is scheduled, she should notify the instructor before class starts either via e-mail or by phone for the instructor to consider whether he will give the student a make-up quiz, test, or examination

6.      Write a research paper.

  1. This paper must be submitted in installments of drafts of which the deadlines are preset. Each draft counts towards the final grade for the paper. If the paper or one of its drafts is submitted after the set deadline, two points will be deducted from the grade for that particular draft or the paper for each day past.
  2. The paper will be a thesis-driven argumentative essay on a particular issue in and/or aspect of a work or set of works, not a report or mere retelling of the work(s).
  3. The length of the paper depends on the what is necessary to adequately make the particular argument, but usually a well-written essay requires at least five pages.
  4. The paper (and the drafts thereof) are to be submitted both in printed and digital to be submitted in person and via email respectively (.rtf is recommended).
  5. It is to be written double-spaced on A4 paper with 4-cm margins except for a 3-cm right margin. Footers and headers are to be 2 cm. Paginations are to be placed on the top right-hand corner of every page except on the first on which the student’s full (unabbreviated) name, student number (NPM), and the date on which the draft is submitted are to be written single-spaced in that order. The title is to be written center-aligned two spaces above the first line. All of the paper must be written in 12-point Times New Roman font including the identification, pagination, and title. Except for the specifications menioned above the paper shall follow the MLA format. Failure to comply with these specifications will result in a “0” for the paper. You may consult with the instructor and/or librarians at the Department of English Resource Centre for Linguistic Research and Literary Studies (RCLRLS) in writing the paper.

IV. Grading
A. A student’s final grade (Nilai Akhir) will be determined based on the following criteria:

Participation 10%
Quiz 1 10%
Quiz 2 10%
Quiz 3 10%
Quiz 4 10%
Midterm Examination 15%
Final Examination 15%
Final Research Paper 20%

Participation grades will appear as PRESENSI in the final online grade report at, quizzes combined as QUIZ, the final research paper as TUGAS, the midterm examination as UTS, and the final examination as UAS.

B. The total of all grade items will be converted to letter grades (Huruf Mutu) according to the following criteria:

80-100 = A
68-79 = B
55-67 = C
45-54 = D
00-44 = E

VI. Academic Dishonesty

A. If the instructor believes that a student has plagiarized in an assignment or has gained inappropriate access to materials in a quiz or examination, the student will be given a “0” for the assignment.

B. If a student is unsure about what type of writing practice may be considered as plagiarism, she or he must ask the instructor.

VII. Course Schedule
The course will follow the following tentative schedule. When references to required texts are mentioned, students are to have read the materials before they come to class. Activities may be added or omitted during the course of the semester, depending on what the class seems to need collectively.

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