|COURSE NUMBER:||ENGL 385|
|COURSE TITLE:||North American Short Stories: Bite-sized Reading|
|NAME OF INSTRUCTOR:||Dr. Rebecca Warren|
|CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION:||credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)|
In 1842, Edgar Allan Poe famously declared the short story to be
fiction that conveys a single impression and can be read in a single
sitting; since then, critics and authors have debated this definition.
Meanwhile, perhaps surprisingly, the genre retains its popularity with
the contemporary reading public – an audience whose time-demands dictate
the brevity of that “single sitting” and whose culture is an increasingly
visual one. In this course, we will examine the development of American
and Canadian short stories from the late nineteenth-century to the present,
including short story theories, definitions, and the tendentious story cycle.
What does the short story reveal to the contemporary reader about past, current,
and possibly even future North American societies?
Prerequisites: ENGL 215
|REQUIRED TEXTS:||A course pack containing most of the stories we will read this term will be available in the King’s bookstore. Readings are listed on the syllabus and may be amended as required. Additional readings, including criticism and theory, will beannounced in class and posted on Moodle.|
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