Wisdom 504

Class title:   FICTION TRUER THAN FACT, Wisdom 504

Class Schedule:
   Self-paced, recommend 12 weeks

Class Location/Times:
  On-line. This course is asynchronous, meaning that assignments can be completed and submitted at any time within the limits specified by the professor.

Class Description: An excursion into some masterful stories with Christian themes.

Class Materials:
Feodor Dostoyevski, Crime and Punishment
Feodor Dostoyevski,  The Brothers Karamazov
Flannery O’Connor, Collected Stories
Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory
Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey

Professor’s Name, Telephone, E-mail Address, Availability:

Ken Kuhlken
ken@perelandra.edu
www.kenkuhlken.net
619-335-0441

Prefer email. Please no phone calls evenings or weekends unless a matter is urgent.

Professor’s  Bio:

Some of Ken’s favorites are early mornings, the desert in spring, kind and honest people, baseball and other sports played by those who don’t take themselves too seriously, most kids, and films he and his Zoe can enjoy together.

He reads a lot.

He has long been the author of novels, stories, articles, poems, and essays. Lots of honors have come his way, including a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship; Poets, Essayists and Novelist’s Ernest Hemingway Award; Private Eye Writers of America Best First Novel and Shamus Best Novel; and several San Diego and Los Angeles Book Awards.

In Writing and the Spirit, he offers a wealth of advice to writers and everyone looking for inspiration.

He has taught all kinds of literature and writing at the University of Arizona, California State University, Chico, San Diego State University, Christian Heritage College, and Perelandra College.

Ken resides online at: www.kenkuhlken.net

Class Objectives:  Students will experience close reading of difficult texts and will grow in their ability to respond to the reading in thoughtful writing.

Class Evaluation Criteria
This is a competency-based class. In order to receive credit, students must demonstrate the evidence of competency given for each lesson. Grading is CR (credit) or NR (no record)**. At the conclusion of the class, the professor provides a summary appraisal of the student’s work and progress toward meeting his or her writing goals.

LESSONS

Lesson 1:

Read Crime and Punishment

Write* about a central concern, which may well be the conflict between 19th century progressives who believe that some people can rise above morals to pursue a higher goal and those who believe we are all bound by society’s or God’s laws.

Evidence of Competency: Effective, understandable prose, coherent and clear presentation of theme or themes, and logical development.


Lesson  2:

Read The Brothers Karamazov
Write* your view of Dostoyevski’s attitude toward brother Ivan, especially in light of the Grand Inquisitor “poem” he presents to brother Alyosha

Evidence of Competency: Effective, understandable prose, coherent and clear presentation of theme or themes, and logical development.

Lesson  3:

In Flannery O’Connor’s Collected Stories, read as many as you want but don’t miss “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, “Parker’s Back”, or “Revelation.”
Write* about your vision of how Christianity should manifest in human behavior vs. O’Connor’s portrayal of “Christian” people.

Evidence of Competency:  Effective, understandable prose, coherent and clear presentation of theme or themes, and logical development.

Lesson  4:

Read The Power and the Glory;
Write*:  in the context of the novel, answer the question, what does it mean to be Christlike.

Evidence of Competency:  Effective, understandable prose, coherent and clear presentation of theme or themes, compelling structure, and logical development.


Lesson Five:

Read Jane Eyre
Write*, from the perspective of a literary critic or reviewer, an essay explaining why Jane Eyre has held the attention of readers and academics all the way into our era.

Lesson Six:

Read Franny and Zooey
Write*, in light of your own experience and meditations, an explanation for Zooey’s assertion that the fat lady is Christ.

* Notes about the writing assignments. 1) No more than two of the four assignments should be in the form of fiction or poetry. At least two should be written as argumentative or personal essays.  In all, the writing assignments should total at least around 5000 words (around 20 typed pages).  2) The topics given are merely suggestions. Alternate topics are encouraged though they should be pre-approved by the professor.

 

** The NR grade means that, although the conditions explained in the enrollment agreement apply, no record of this class will appear on the student transcript.