English - Free topic 7: The American Short Story

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”The national art form,” as the author Frank O’Connor called it, the short story has for two centuries flourished in the United States, attracting many of America’s finest writers. In this course, we will consider the ancestry and development, contexts and criticism, modes and component elements, and types and techniques of the short story as it has manifested itself in American literature.

We will read and analyze stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, Ernest Hemingway, Katherine Anne Porter, Saul Bellow, Joyce Carol Oates, Raymond Carver, and others, drawn from a compendium compiled especially for the course.

Background reading: From Puritanism to Postmodernism by R. Ruland and M. Bradbury (1991), and The American Short Story – A Critical History edited by Gordon Weaver (1983).

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