E f348 • Twentieth-Century Short Story (ADDED)
2:30 PM-4:00 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 works done by a single author. We will range from 19th century Russia to contemporary Canada, South Africa, India and Scotland.
One short research paper on culture or author's biography 10%
Two short (2-3 page) papers on individual stories 20%
Participation in class discussion 15%
Short, in-class writing assignments and quizzes 20%
Prospectus for sustained analytical paper (2-3 pages) 10%
Final exam 25%
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)
Junot Diaz, Drown
Anita Desai, Pigeons at Daybreak and Other Stories
James Kelman, Busted Scotch
A Short Course Packet will allow us to read some writers who work in the same tradition as our primary writers and to look at some other representative modern writers.