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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2006

E 348 • Twentieth-Century Short Story

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35400 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
WAG 308

Course Description

The course will examine the short-story form in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, using stories originally written in English, along with a few translated works. Beginning with "The Lady with the Dog" by Anton Chekhov, we will examine the story as a literary form holding characters, setting, action and consequence, and time.

Grading Policy

Class work 20%
Written work 80%

Your written work is graded on style, grammar, and ideas. The papers are to be well-written responses to a story in terms of its form, characters, setting, action and consequence, and use of time and setting.

Attendance: I expect you to come to class. If you are going to miss more than two classes in the semester, you need to let me know why, preferably by e-mail. If you miss classes without being excused by me, your final grade will suffer. Do not be late to class. It's rude to me and to the other students.


The O.Henry Prize Stories 2003, Laura Furman, ed. (New York: Anchor, 2003)
The O.Henry Prize Stories 2005, Laura Furman, ed. (New York: Anchor, 2005)
The O.Henry Prize Stories 2006, Laura Furman, ed. (New York: Anchor Books, 2006)
Short Shorts, Irving Howe and Ilana Wiener Howe, eds. (New York: Bantam Books)
Texts of other stories will be available online, as a handout in class, or in a form to be announced.


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