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Hum 241: Major Works of Short Fiction

Instructor: Kelly Brewer
Spring 2013

Course Description: This course examines some major works of short fiction. While the course is intended to be a close reading of a number of short stories, we will also analyze and discuss the social and cultural commentaries which these literary pieces make. To this end we will pay close attention to the pieces as literary texts and get into sustained interpretations, nuances and subtleties.

Course Requirements: Deadlines and requirements for the short assignments and final exam will be announced during the semester. Film screenings may also be scheduled outside of regular class hours. Students are expected to attend ALL discussions and appropriate screenings, having done the necessary preparatory work. Class participation is a substantial portion of the final grade. This is a seminar, which means that your regular, active participation is REQUIRED. You will not pass the class by simply turning in assignments and taking the final exam. Photocopies of the stories will be available as a course pack at Canon.

Breakdown of grades:
30 % Short assignments (two assignments 15 pts. each)
25 % Midterm
30 % Final Exam
15 % Participation, preparation and attendance

COURSE SCHEDULE:

Week 1: Introduction Short Fiction

Week 2: Aesop, (selected fables) Ernest Hemingway, The Faithful Bull, The Good Lion

Week 3: William Faulkner, Barn Burning,
Week 4: William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily

Week 5: Richard Wright, The Man Who Was Almost a Man

Week 6: Flannery O’Connor, The Artificial Nigger/A Good Man is Hard to Find

Week 7: Midterm Exam

Week 8:Prosper de Merimee, Carmen

Week 9: Julio Cortázar, Axolot and The Night Face Up

Week 10:Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis

Week 11:Gabriel García Márquez, Eréndira and Her Heartless Grandmother Week 12:Gabriel García Marquez, Big Mama’s Funeral, The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World

Week of 13:...
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