Fall 2021 Undergraduate English Courses

358:243 Introduction to the Short Story

01  Hybrid  in person TH 1:00-220 pm   23520  SPELLMEYER     FH-A3
              Online           T 1:00-2:20 pm

Today’s short stories aren’t shortened novels or chapters from a longer work.  It’s true that they began this way in the Nineteenth Century, with the advent of mass-market magazines catering to busy working people with a hunger for the arts and entertainment.  Very quickly, though, this accidental genre has become the quintessentially modern form—the literary art of the “turning point”--presenting a world in which a single day or hour can completely the course of a life.  As we’ll see, the short story tells us how to deal with accelerating social change by paying close attention to the moment.  And in this introductory course, we will pay close attention to some of the best short stories ever written in English, starting with classics by Conrad, Chopin, Gilman, Joyce, Woolf, Hemingway, Hurston, Baldwin, O’Connor, Oates, and ending with the brilliant work of Lahiri, Machado, Oyeyemi, and Nguyen. 

Requirements: 2 short essays, final project/paper, regular participation (including discussion board posts, reading quizzes).