Introduction to Fiction

A drawing of men in a small boat trying to harpoon a giant whale.

Whale being harpooned. Colored engraving (n.d.). (Image courtesy of the Hart Nautical Collection, MIT Museum).


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Fall 2003



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This course investigates the uses and boundaries of fiction in a range of novels and narrative styles--traditional and innovative, western and nonwestern--and raises questions about the pleasures and meanings of verbal texts in different cultures, times, and forms. Toward the end of the term, we will be particularly concerned with the relationship between art and war in a diverse selection of works.

Wyn Kelley. 21L.003 Introduction to Fiction, Fall 2003. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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