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

Fall 2009

E 348 • Twentieth-Century Short Story

Unique Days Time Location Instructor

Rossman, C

Course Description

Please refer to the course schedule for course days, time, room location, prerequisites and possible cross-listings:

We will read and discuss a variety of short stories by some of the most influential writers of the twentieth century, some written originally in English, some translated from Russian, German, Spanish, and Portuguese. We will pay attention to historical and aesthetic contexts; to both the elusive notion of "authorial intention" and to readers' own interpretations; and to such literary movements (or trends) as “realism,” “modernism,” and “post-modernism.” We will be acutely aware of formal matters and of the languages of fiction, per se, while not neglecting the “world view” or philosophical implications of our selected stories.

Grading Policy

Final grades will based on ten "pop" quizzes (15%), consisting mostly of short “objective” questions, but with occasional short-essay questions; two analytical essays (4 pages max, worth 20% each); a longer, final essay (6 pages max, worth 30%), and class participation (15%). Regular attendance will be essential. Students must come to class well prepared in assigned readings and ready to participate in informed discussion. More than three absences will substantially affect a student's grade for the semester; more than five absences will result in a failing grade.


We will read stories by such writers as Chekhov, Kafka, Joyce, S. Anderson, Hemingway, Borges, Flannery O'Connor, J. Rulfo, Welty, Clarice Lispector, R. Carter, and others. Rather than a large anthology, we will read book-length collections by each author. The precise reading list will depend on availability from the publisher. Please purchase only the editions ordered through the Co-op, so that we will all have the same texts and paginations.


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