English 165

Special Topics: Modern Short Story Masters: James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Franz Kafka, and Flannery O'Connor

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
3 Spring 2014 Campion, John
TTh 2-3:30 100 Wheeler

Book List

Hemingway, Ernest: The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway (The Finca Vigia Edition); Joyce, James: Dubliners; Kafka, Franz: The Metamorphosis, In the Penal Colony, and Other Stories (Muir translation); O'Connor, Flannery: The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor

Other Readings and Media

Instructor will provide additional stories, essays, and other media.


The reading and writing assignments—linked with the lectures and class discussions—are intended to develop students’ ability to analyze, understand, and interpret four great masters of the short story: Joyce, Hemingway, Kafka (in translation), and O'Connor. These masterworks have shaped all of modern and contemporary fiction. For that reason, special emphasis will be placed on the techniques each writer deploys in his/her stories and how they work in delivering the content for each author.  Students will be expected to read and study these stories deeply and come to each class prepared to discuss them. Papers will concentrate not merely on what the tales are about, but how they function.

This course is open to English majors only.

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