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C LIT 252 A: Introduction To Comparative Literature: Genres

The Heyday of the Short Story

Meeting Time: 
MW 11:30am - 1:20pm
Location: 
SMI 305
SLN: 
11805
Instructor:
Marshall Brown

Syllabus Description:

The Heyday of the Short Story.

 

The short story was invented in the middle of the nineteenth century.  (Surprised?  Look it up in the Oxford English Dictionary.)  Many kinds of short fiction preceded it, including anecdote, parable, jest, fable, novella, fairy tale, and others, but the short story, focusing on atmosphere rather than plot or moral, was a novelty.  In the decades before and after 1900 there was a tremendous output of short stories in most of the Western countries, with a prominence rarely equaled since.  In this course we will survey the output of major figures of the era, considering the special qualities, the aims, the themes, and the local and national significance of these small forms.  With a few stories from Boccaccio, Poe, and Hawthorne as background, we will read a selection of these authors: Conan Doyle, Maupassant, Verga, Chekhov, Joyce, Mansfield, accompanied by intensive work on your writing.

Additional Details:

The short story was invented in the middle of the nineteenth century.  (Surprised?  Look it up in the OED.)  Many kinds of short fiction preceded it, including anecdote, parable, jest, fable, novella, fairy tale, and others, but the short story, focusing on atmosphere rather than plot or moral, was a novelty.  In the decades before and after 1900 there was a tremendous output of short stories in most of the Western countries, with a prominence rarely equaled since.  In this course we will survey the output of major figures of the era, considering the special qualities, the aims, the themes, and the local and national significance of these small forms.  With a few stories from Boccaccio, Poe, and Hawthorne as background, we will read a selection of these authors: Conan Doyle, Maupassant, Verga, Chekhov, Joyce, Mansfield, accompanied by intensive work on your writing.

Catalog Description: 
Reading and analyzing literature based upon rotating genres such as sci-fi, detective fiction, romance, love, poetry, and comedy. Draws from world literature.
Department Requirements Met: 
Pre-req to Declare Literature Major
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:12pm
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