English 180H

The Short Story

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2020 McFarlane, Fiona
TTh 11-12:30 182 Dwinelle

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This course will be a survey of the short story from the 19th century to the present: its historical and cultural contexts, its formal and stylistic properties. We’ll consider the short story’s predecessors, the work of its major practitioners, and the role of the literary magazine and the university in its development. We’ll read stories in a variety of genres and from a variety of cultures as we explore the particularities and pleasures of the form. Our approach will be both creative and critical: students will write and workshop a short story, as well as writing two analytic papers.

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