ENGL 123
The Short Story Spring 2020
Division I

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The reading for this course will consist entirely of short stories by such writers as Poe, Hawthorne, James, Doyle, Hemingway, Faulkner, Gilman, Chopin, Cather, Toomer, McCullers, O’Connor, Borges, Nabokov, Kincaid, Saunders, Diaz, and Shepard. We will read one or two per class meeting; at the end of the course, we’ll be reading one collection, probably by Raymond Carver. Reading short stories will allow us to pay close attention to the form of our texts, and to paragraphs, sentences, and words. The premise of the essays you will write is that short stories and short essays are both arts based on controlling the release of information and meaning, and that studying the two genres together will have reciprocal benefits for reading and writing.
The Class: Type: seminar; class meetings will be devoted almost entirely to discussion
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3691
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: grades will be based on the five formal writing assignments, with rewards for improvement, plus class participation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students who have not taken a 100-level English course; then sophomores who have not taken a 100-level English course
Distributions: Division I

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