Fall 2022 Undergraduate English Courses

358:243 Introduction to the Short Story

01   CAC   TTH6   07900  SPELLMEYER     FH-B1

With the rise of mass-market magazines catering to busy working people, short stories started in the Nineteenth Century as chapters taken from a longer work--a novel or novella. Very quickly, though, they became a genre of their own. And now 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 even an hour can completely change your 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 include two short papers, a longer paper, a journal, and a final exam.