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Students should read the assigned texts for class discussion, and bring the course booklet

Stories are all around us in our daily lives, in literature, film, the media, politics, history, medicine, law. Stories are a means of communication and a way to make sense of the world. This course introduces the building clocks that make up narrative. By closely reading a variety of short stories we will discuss plot, character, theme, time and space, focalization, voice and point of view, and talk about the author, the reader and the narrator. How do these elements contribute to our perception and comprehension of a narrative? How do we, as active participants in narrative, receive a text, construct and interpret it? What makes narrative analysis relevant to all aspects of our lives? These are the major issues that this course examines

The aim of this course is to familiarize students with the basic elements that make up fiction and to provide them with tools to analyze literary works. 

We will read a selection of short stories written by American authors from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

Lecture and class discussion

  Active class participation, a midterm paper and a final exam

Active class participation and two readers responses 10%

A short paper 35%

A final exam 55%

All texts appear in the course's booklet

Kate Chopin, Desirees Baby (1892), The Complete Works of Kate Chopin, Louisiana State U, P, 1970.

Edgar Allan Poe, Hop-Frog (1849), The Complete Short Stories of Edgar Allan Poe, Di Lernia Publishers, 2010.

Hisaye Yamamoto, Seventeen Syllables, Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories, Rutgers U P, 1998.

Richard Wright, Big Boy Leaves Home (1936), Uncle Toms Children, Harper Perennial, 1993.

Leslie Marmon Silko, Lullaby, Storyteller, Arcade Publishing, 1981.

Grace Paley, The Loudest Voice (1959), Grace Paley: The Collected Stories, Virago 2000.

Ernest Hemingway, The Doctor and the Doctors Wife (1925), In Our Time: stories by Ernest Hemingway, New York, 1958.

Edgar Allan Poe, The Black Cat (1843), The Complete Short Stories of Edgar Allan Poe, Di Lernia Publishers, 2010.

 William Faulkner, Pantaloon in Black (1942), Go Down, Moses, Modern Library, 1955.

Louise Erdrich, St. Marie, Love Medicine, Perennial 1993.

Sherman Alexie, Dear John Wayne, The Toughest Indian in the World, Grove Press, 2000.