ENGL 242 A: Reading Prose Fiction

Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
MTWTh 9:40am - 11:50am
RAI 121
Norman Wacker
Norman Wacker

Syllabus Description:


Short Fiction and our Global Cultural Mosaic

The primary objective of this course is to establish an interactive classroom community to look hard at the way we read stories and their impact on the lives of readers, writers and their societies.

We will exchange in conversation and in writing our experiences of stories that have shaped the short story, an art form dating back to ancient times, yet as pervasive and influential in the lives and times of its readers over many centuries as cinema, animation, computer games and social media are in our own.


We will read the following:

Ted Chiang, “The Story of Your Life”

Ursula Le Guin, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelos”

Anton Chekov, “The Lady with the Pet Dog”

Anton Chekov, “Gusev”

James Joyce, “The Dead;”

Ivo Andrić, “Letter from 1920;”

Muharem Bazdulj, “Another Letter;”

Drago, Jančar,“Joyce’s Pupil;”

Phillip Roth, “The Conversion of the Jews,”

Alice Munro, “The View from Castle Rock;”

Lydia Davis, “Five Stories;”  

Octavia Butler, “The Evening and the Morning and the Night,” and “Speech Sounds,”

Haruki Murakami, "Yesterday"

Catalog Description: 
Critical interpretation and meaning in works of prose fiction, representing a variety of types and periods.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Writing (W)
Last updated: 
January 16, 2019 - 11:00pm