MWF 10:20-11:10 | Doug McKinstry
The Short Story will feature some of the world’s best short stories, but may include preceding forms such as myths, fables, parables, fairy- and folktales. Short stories will represent five or six continents, numerous countries, and some of the earliest (e.g., de Maupassant, Chekhov, Gogol, Poe), later (e.g., Joyce, Woolf, Mansfield, Hemingway, Faulkner, Borges, Mann), and contemporary (e.g., Oates, Erdrich, Walker, Tan, Gautreaux, Dantikat, Achebe, ) masters of the genre. Daily activities will include lecture, large-group discussion, small-group interaction, in-class writing in response to open-ended and focused prompts. This course is perfect for lovers of good writing and for new or experienced fiction writers because the required readings will offer immense entertainment value, will encourage incisive and penetrating analysis, and may inspire students to undertake or increase their own fiction-writing.
Attendance, two papers, quizzes, tests, a journal, a vocal/visual presentation.