ENGL 123
The Short Story Spring 2025
Division I Writing Skills

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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, 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: Format: seminar; class meetings will be devoted almost entirely to discussion
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3594
Grading: no pass/fail option, no 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 Writing Skills
WS Notes: There will be five formal writing assignments, totaling about twenty pages. My response to each paper will include extensive marginal comments on technical issues, and a typed page of comments on the ideas and structure of the paper as a whole. Final grades will be determined by both the student's intellectual engagement and his or her increasing mastery of the art of writing essays.
Attributes: ENGL Creative Writing Courses

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