E 348 • Twentieth-Century Short Story
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
We will analyze the short stories on the syllabus from the various critical angles that arise from your own readings, though to broaden our discussions I will, at times, offer readings by scholars and critics. I have constructed a syllabus that articulates both canonical and multicultural concerns. Therefore, we will also address what ideas and cultural values those "canonical" texts express, do the same with those texts that occupy less privileged institutional positions, and then place texts in dialogue in order to understand more clearly how story or narrative helps to express particular worldviews.
Total for four reading responses of two pages each 40%
Total for three formal essays of three pages each 50%
Total for work in peer review sessions 10%
Norton Anthology of Short Fiction: Shorter Sixth Edition, Ed. R.V. Casill. New York: Norton, 2000
Supplemental readings in course handouts by Rudolfo Anaya, Toni Cade Bambara, Lan Samantha Chang, Denise Chavez, Sandra Cisneros, Junot Diaz, Gish Jen, Ha Jin, Jamaica Kincaid, Sandra Tsing Loh, and Luis Alberto Urrea