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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
32265 MWF
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
GEA 114

Course Description

We will analyze the short stories on the syllabus from the various critical angles that arise from your own readings, though to broaden our discussions I will, at times, offer readings by scholars and critics. I have constructed a syllabus that articulates both canonical and multicultural concerns. Therefore, we will also address what ideas and cultural values those “canonical” texts express, do the same with those texts that occupy less privileged institutional positions, and then place texts in dialogue in order to understand more clearly how story or narrative helps to express particular worldviews.

Grading Policy

Mid-term and final exam 20% each
Two, 2-3 page papers 20% each
Approximately ten reading quizzes 20%


Alexie, Sherman, The Toughest Indian in the World, New York: Grove Press, 2000
Norton Anthology of Short Fiction: Shorter Sixth Edition, Ed. R.V. Casill, New York: Norton, 2000
Supplemental readings on reserve by Rudolfo Anaya, Toni Cade Bambara, Lan Samantha Chang, Denise Chavez, Sandra Cisneros, Junot Diaz, Gish Jen, Ha Jin, Jamaica Kincaid, Sandra Tsing Loh, and Luis Alberto Urrea


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