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ENGL-205 The Short Story

This course focuses on the critical evaluation of representative short stories by diverse authors from around the world, with an emphasis on American and European writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, such as Anton Chekhov, D.H. Lawrence, and more contemporary writers, such as Margaret Atwood and Milan Kundera. Students are presented with literary terminology and concepts necessary to the discussion and evaluation of these works. This course is writing intensive.





Hours Weekly

3 hours weekly

Course Objectives

1. Recognize literary terms, concepts, critical strategies and stylistic characters in the texts studied.

2. Demonstrate critical and independent thinking in the interpretation of texts.

3. Write analytically about literary works, using appropriate research and documentation.

4. Demonstrate an understanding of ways the literature studied reflects its intellectual, social, historical, and cultural contexts.

5. Evaluate the power of literature to address personal values and goals and to challenge human endeavors.

6. Describe the evolution of the short story and define early types of short fiction.

7. Critically compare and contrast the qualities of commercial and serious fiction.