21L.705 Masterworks in American Short Fiction

Fall 2005

Image of Nathaniel Hawthorne
Nathaniel Hawthorne, circa 1883. (Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division [reproduction number, LC-USZ62-2358 (b&w film copy neg.)])

Course Highlights

This course features a unique collection of short fiction references in the readings section, as well as course study materials.

Course Description

For some reason, American literature (like French, Irish, and Russian, among others) has been especially productive in major works in fictional forms shorter than the novel. Our task in this course will be to survey that field, by looking at particular moments of high accomplishment. We will, in addition, consider some of the ways in which literary formulae can be used and varied, and some of the impacts of elements of narrative construction.
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Prof. John Hildebidle

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session