English N180H

The Short Story

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Session Course Areas
1 Summer 2012 Wong, Hertha D. Sweet
MTuTh 2-4 88 Dwinelle

Book List

Bausch, Richard, Ed. et al: The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction, Shorter Edition, Ed. 7; Erdrich, Louise: Love Medicine, Newly Revised Edition (P.S. Series)

Other Readings and Media



After considering theories about the origin, development, and form(s) of the short story, we will read a wide and diverse selection of short fiction in the United States, paying particular attention to close readings as well as to the functions of story-telling/making and consuming for individual readers and their communities. We’ll begin with indigenous stories in an oral storytelling mode, move to a contemporary short story cycle influenced by Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) oral narratives as well as by Western literary traditions, then read several nineteenth-century short stories as precursors to our focus on twentieth-century and contemporary short fiction.

Students should expect to read, participate in class discussion and activities, take weekly quizzes, write two 5-page critical essays and one short story with analysis.

This course will be taught in Session A, from May 21 to June 28. 

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