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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 21L.003-1 (Spring 2007) 
  • Course Title:
  • Reading Fiction: Dysfunctional Families 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Literature 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Sandy Alexandre 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 21L.003-1 Reading Fiction: Dysfunctional Families

    Spring 2007

    Course Highlights

    21L.003-1 Reading Fiction: Dysfunctional Families

    Spring 2007

    Open book on the lap of a person wearing ripped jeans. Sunlight streaks across pages of the book.
    Reading a book in the sun. (Image courtesy of Jonatan Lindström.)

    Course Description

    This course explores the form, content, and historical context of various works of fiction specifically through the thematic lens of "dysfunctional families." We will focus primarily on questions pertaining to the structure, language, story, and characters of these fictional works.

    Recommended Citation

    For any use or distribution of these materials, please cite as follows:

    Sandy Alexandre, course materials for 21L.003-1 Reading Fiction, Spring 2007. MIT OpenCourseWare (, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Downloaded on [DD Month YYYY].


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