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

Spring 2009

E 348 • Twentieth-Century Short Story

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34400 MWF
8:00 AM-9:00 AM
PAR 204

Course Description

We will analyze the short stories on the syllabus from the many critical angles that will arise from your own readings. However, the syllabus also includes several short essays by literature scholars and critics. These essays will broaden the scope of our discussions and serve as models for your own short writing assignments. The syllabus has both canonical works and stories by authors historically marginalized in literary studies. We will consider what ideas and cultural values those canonical texts express, do the same with the more marginalized texts, and then place these texts in dialogue in order to understand more clearly how story or narrative helps to express particular worldviews.

Grading Policy

Total for five reading responses of two pages each 40%
Total for two formal essays of three pages each 50%
Total for class participation and reading response presentation 10%
Excessive absences (more than 5) will adversely influence your final grade.


Norton Anthology of Short Fiction: Shorter Seventh Edition, Ed. R.V. Casill
Supplemental readings in course handouts Sherman Alexie, Rudolfo Anaya, Sherwood Anderson, Donald Barthelme, Sandra Cisneros, Ernest Hemingway, Gish Jen, Jhumpa Lahiri, Sandra Tsing Loh, Luis Alberto Urrea, Helena Maria Viramontes, and Gerald Vizenor. The SR packet will also include critical essays.


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