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Elizabeth Cullingford, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2007

E 348 • Twentieth-Century Short Story

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35900 MWF
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
par 208
FURMAN

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 one translated work. Beginning with "The Lady with the Dog" by Anton Chekhov, we will examine the story as a literary form holding character, setting, action and consequence, and time. The goal of such reading is to be able to approach any short story with an open mind and to develop the capacity to see how each writer works artfully within the form.

Each student will write four papers, each four pages in length. The subject of the paper will be a short story assigned. For each paper, the student must write a prospectus and a first draft to be examined in a small group of peers. Your writing style is crucial to your success in the course. Above all, clarity, directness, and substantiated arguments is valued.

Grading Policy

Your written work counts heavily for your final grade, but your class participation will also be counted. Grading is in whole grades only and according to the following measure: A/excellent, B/good, C/average, D/below average, F/failing.

Class participation 10%
Papers 80%
Prospectus and First-Drafts 10%

The prospectus must be no more than one page.
The four papers must be no more than four pages.

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 by e-mail before the class. If you miss classes without being excused by me, your final grade will be reduced. Do not be late to class. It's rude to me and to the other students.

Texts

(Tentative)
Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio; Anton Chekhov, "The Lady with the Dog"; Deborah Eisenberg, Twilight of the Superheroes; Laura Furman, ed., The O.Henry Prize Stories 2006 ; Laura Furman, ed., The O.Henry Prize Stories 2007; Edward P. Jones, Lost in the City; Katherine Mansfield, "Dill Pickle"; Alice Munro, The Progress of Love; Joan Silber, Ideas of Heaven

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