The goal of this course is to introduce students to a wide variety of short fiction, spanning from the 19th Century to the contemporary moment. We will be reading three main clusters of short stories with each cluster focusing on various themes and dynamics within short fiction. Beginning with an investigation of the creation and development of the short story, the class will then turn towards more specific issues of race, nationality, and gender across the 20th Century. Reading will include secondary articles and analysis of topics relevant to the course.
This course does fulfill the W general education requirement. As such, students will complete 10-15 pages of graded, out-of-clas writing with an opportunity for revision.