Spring 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Cohen, Milton
Discipline and Number
LIT 3309 Section 001
TR Time 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Course Title
Studies in the Short Story

Description of Course:

The short story, that appealing but deceptively tricky genre, will receive a rethinking this semester as part of the instructor's textbook-in-progress. We shall reconsider the story’s elements (narrative direction, narrative voice and perspective, characterization, etc.) from the standpoint of authorial strategies and reader responses. Other topics include subgenres (e.g., science fiction, magic fiction, metafiction, flash fiction), interpretive contexts, and the story’s historical development.

Required Texts:

Pickering, Fiction 100 (including "Reader's Guide to the Short Story")
packet of readings (available at Off-Campus Books)

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Three short analytical papers (c. 5 pp. each) on different short stories:
the first interprets a story's meaning;the second analyzes how a particular literary element contributes to the story's overall effect; the third interprets the story in a particular context or from a particular critical perspective.
Class participation is important and counts for about 20% of the grade.

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