E s348 • Twentieth Century Short Story
10:00 AM-11:30 AM
Most of the stories will be read in the context of the books in which they originally appeared; this usually makes the individual stories easier to understand. However, most of the stories are not written for quick consumption and require intense concentration. All the stories will be read in the context of modernism and/or post-modernism. A textbook (Gaggi) is present to give you help in understanding basic ideas, and a packet of notes will also be worthwhile.
Due to the peculiarities of the summer courses, every single class meeting counts. Absences will affect your grade negatively. There will be no makeup of quizzes, which come daily. There will be no papers, but there will be a three-hour final essay exam.
Attendance and daily quizzes 20%
Final exam (several essays, some topics in advance) 80%
Stein, Three Lives
Hemingway, In Our Time
Beckett, Stories and Texts for Nothing
Borges, Collected Fictions
Gaggi, Modern/Postmodern: A Study
Notes from Jenn's Copying