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

Spring 2005

E 348 • Twentieth-Century Short Story

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
32270 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
GAR 200

Course Description

Although we will review the various critical approaches to short fiction, the emphasis of this course will always be upon the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of the storyteller. In this sense, the focus will remain on technique. What does it mean to say that a story reaches the status of a value when the technique matches what it comprehends? We will read a variety of modern stories and study in detail four important writers: Flannery O’Connor, Alice Munro, Denis Johnson, and Oscar Casares. There will be five analytical essays and regular pop quizzes. If you cannot keep up with regular and close reading, this is not the course for you.

Grading Policy

Five analytical essays (5-pages ea.?) 80%
Pop quizzes 15%
Discussion 5%


Flannery O’Connor, Everything that Rises Must Converge
Alice Munro, Dance of the Happy Shades
Oscar Casares, Brownsville
Denis Johnson, Jesus’ Son
A small packet of stories


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