Introduction to Reading Fiction (2009 Summer UCSC): highlights
Notes on a 2009 course taught by Katie Woolsey

Day 1: Short stories and flash fiction

Key concepts:

FICTION
STORY
PLOT
NARRATIVE
NARRATOR; NARRATIVE VOICE
NARRATEE
NARRATOLOGY

Day 2

Key concept is levels of narration:

REAL AUTHOR
IMPLIED AUTHOR
NARRATOR
NARRATEE
IMPLIED READER
REAL READER

Day 3

Key concepts:

FOCALIZATION
EXTERNAL FOCALIZATION
INTERNAL FOCALIZATION
ZERO FOCALIZATION

Day 4

Key concepts, in the perception of O Pioneers!'s architecture as an epic (Sections 1 and 5) bounding a tragedy (Sections 2, 3, and 4):

EPIC
TRAGEDY

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10

What's next?

Some other recommended books: