E 348 • Twentieth Century Short Story
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
The course will examine the short-story form in the twentieth century, using stories originally written in English, along with occasional translated works. Beginning with "The Lady with the Dog" by Anton Chekhov, we will examine the story as a literary form holding characters, setting, action and consequence, and time.
As well as participating in the class discussion, the students will write three papers of 5-6 pages, each on a short story, to be chosen from The O.Henry Prize Stories 2003 or from a current periodical, such as The New Yorker, Granta, Zoetrope, Ploughshares. The subject and source of subject for each paper must be approved by Professor Furman and a copy of the story included with the student paper.
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. The proportion for grading is:
Class work 25%
Written work 75%
Your written work is graded on style, grammar, and ideas. The papers are not meant to be scholarly excursions into the story but graceful interpretive responses to a work in terms of its form, characters, setting, action and consequence, and use of time.
Attendance: 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, preferably by e-mail. If you miss classes without being excused by me, your final grade will suffer. Do not be late to class. Its rude to me and to the other students.
The O.Henry Prize Stories 2003, Laura Furman, ed. (New York: Anchor, 2003)
Short Shorts, Irving Howe and Ilana Wiener Howe, eds. (New York: Bantam Books)
Texts of other stories will be available online, as a hand-out in class, or in a form to be announced.