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ENGL 3472 Contemporary American Short Fiction (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

In this course, we will pay rigorous attention to the short story form by reading a range of contemporary American stories and critical/theoretical essays. Texts may include work by Donald Barthelme, Jhumpa Lahiri, Gish Jen, Edward P. Jones, Lorrie Moore, and George Saunders. What, we will ask, historically constitutes the short story form, and how do these writers draw on or push the boundaries? How do issues of class, gender, sexual, ethnic, national, and transnational identity come into play?

Instructor(s): Elizabeth Graver

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17