The American Short Story

Ref: C3746925

This six week course looks at American short story writers from the fin-de-siècle to the end of the 20th century. We will look at works by Kate Chopin, Willa Cather, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Eudora Welty and Raymond Carver. All texts will be provided on Canvas.

Course aim

To examine a selection of short stories by American writers of the late 19th and the 20th centuries.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Approach literary texts in a critical way and discuss my findings with fellow students.
  • View the selected texts in their socio-historical context.
  • Understand the particular technical aspects of the short story form.
  • Engage with the issues and complexities which differentiate American texts from texts from other countries.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Week 1: Kate Chopin Week 2: Willa Cather Week 3: William Faulkner Week 4: Ernest Hemingway Week 5: Eudora Welty Week 6: Raymond Carver

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

The American Short Story

Enrolment Conditions

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