English 2407: The Short Story, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.--noon
Our Stories, Our Selves;
Or: Passion! Adventure! Heartache! Mystery!
In The White Album, Joan Didion argues that narrative helps us make sense of the world
we live in: “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” Following her insight, we will read
a spectrum of classic to contemporary short stories, sampling the fictional worlds
created by a diverse group of writers. Sections of the class will follow key elements of
the genre: Plot, character, setting, point of view, and theme. Stories will come from the
9th compact edition of The Story and Its Writer. Assignments will include brief response
papers, reading quizzes, final exam.
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