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Elizabeth Cullingford, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2005

E 348 • Twentieth-Century Short Story

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33335 MW
3:00 PM-4:30 PM
PAR 206
FURMAN

Course Description

The course will examine the short-story form in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, using stories originally written in English, along with a few 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 four papers of four pages, each on a short story to be chosen from The O.Henry Prize Stories 2003, The O.Henry Prize Stories 2005, or a story assigned by the professor.

Grading Policy

Class work 25%
Written work 75%

Your written work is graded on style, grammar, and ideas. The papers are to be well-written responses to a story in terms of its form, characters, setting, action and consequence, and use of time and setting.

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.

Texts

The O.Henry Prize Stories 2003, Laura Furman, ed. (New York: Anchor, 2003)
The O.Henry Prize Stories 2005, Laura Furman, ed. (New York: Anchor, 2005)
Short Shorts, Irving Howe and Ilana Wiener Howe, eds. (New York: Bantam Books)

Texts of other stories will be available online, as a handout in class, or in a form to be announced.

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