E 348 • Twentieth-Century Short Story
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
We will make sustained forays into representative works by some of the most accomplished short story writers at work. Emphasis will be on regional inflections, structure and theme of individual works, and relationships between work done by a single author. We range from 19th century Russia to contemporary Canada, South Africa, India and Scotland.
Two-part exam on the European Masters 25%
Final Exam on the International Short Story 35%
Participation in class discussion/analyzing the stories 10%
Short, in-class writing assignments and quizzes 10%
1-2-page research on assigned topics 10%
Homework assignments on New Yorker stories 10%
This is a discussion-based format (which includes listening). Absence from class severely limits your ability to discuss or listen. Excessive absences (more than 4) will detract from your grade (10 points for each class day missed after 4).
Anton Chekhov, Stories
Alice Munro, (One of her Collections)
Nadine Gordimer, (One of her collections)
Anita Desai, Pigeons at Daybreak and Other Stories
James Kelman, Busted Scotch
A Course Packet.