Novel II Fall2010

Novel II FALL 2010

Course Title: Novel 2
Course Number: 2201342
Semester: Fall 2010
Time of Class: Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday (11:00-12:00 p.m.)
Meeting Place: Humanities Complex, Room 2
Instructor: Professor Rula Quawas
Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays (12:30-1:30 p.m.); Tuesdays (12:00-1:00 p.m.)
I am available for consultation during scheduled office hours and by appointment.  Do not hesitate to make an appointment.  If you are having any difficulties at all, see me; don’t wait until it is too late to improve the situation.  My office is located in the English Department at the Faculty of Arts.
Telephone: 5355000 (Ext. 24768)

Course Description:

The course is a study in depth of a group of twentieth-century novels, with special attention to literary criticism and a general consideration of the social and intellectual interests of the time and age.


  1. To introduce students to a variety of fictional works by well known writers
  2. To use critical and analytical thinking skills from both theoretical and practical perspectives, thus merging theory and practice
  3. To develop persuasive writing skills

Methods of Teaching:

A variety of methods will be used.
1.    Lectures on the development of the novel
2.    Mini-lectures (Presentations) prepared by students on specific points
3.    Group discussion of critical ideas

The class will be conducted as a seminar in which each person assumes responsibility for sustaining class discussion.  It is, therefore, crucial that you come to class having read and thought about the assigned texts.  The presentation will be 20-25 minutes in length. The later in the semester your panel takes place, the more polished and complete I will expect the presentation to be.  You can also initiate/guide discussion of any given text.  To this end, generate a list of questions and issues for the class to focus on.

Things to avoid in a presentation are:
•    Do not read your critique aloud to the class (speak from notes)
•    Do not read long passages from the text aloud
•    Do not be judgmental.  Instead, give a clear and unbiased account of what you have read.

Attendance Policy:

Regular and punctual attendance is valuable and desirable.  Unexcused absences will automatically lower your grade.


Students will be required to read extensively on the literary texts assigned for this course, to familiarize themselves with the major studies of criticism, to give presentations frequently, and to contribute to discussion every time we meet.  The student’s semester grade will be the average of four grades: the Mid-Term Exam, the Final Examination, Presentations, and class participation.  50% of the grade goes to the final Examination, and 50% for the mid-term exam, presentations, and class participation.  The final exam will require essay-type responses.  On essay questions, the student will be evaluated on clarity of argument, critical thinking, use of evidence, and stylistic presentation.  At the beginning of the essay, state your thesis or argument in response to the question or topic, and then structure the essay clearly to establish your points.  Use topic sentences to show where the essay is going and avoid over-generalizations.

Reading Assignments:

All reading assignments must be completed by the beginning of the class period on which they have been assigned.  It goes without saying that the student is encouraged to read as widely as possible in the field, over and beyond the assigned material.

Study Plan:

  • Week 1: Orientation and Instructor’s introduction to course
  • Week 2-4: “The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf” by Mohja Kahf
  • Week 5-7: “To Kill a Mocking Bird” by Harper Lee
  • Week 8-9: “The Translator” by Leila Aboulela
  • Week 10-11: “The Heretic’s Daughter” by Kathleen Kent
  • Week 12-13: “Second Class Citizen” by Buchi Emecheta
  • Week 14-15: “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” by Mohsin Hamid
  • Week 16: Wrapping Up