- Course Number: ENGL 124
English majors only.
- Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 124
- Quarter: Summer A 2021
Short stories are quick bursts of storytelling, which, much like a short film or a music video, capture an intense burst of feeling, a fleeting mood, a scene of transformation. Or else, you might say they operate like slow motion: they arrest a moment or slice of time, they attend to its nuances and the forces that buffer it, and they ask us to attend to them with extra care. Short stories often show how moments that might appear very ordinary to most of us can in fact be momentous, utterly transformative, for somebody. In this, for modern, humdrum, everyday lives, they can provide a kind of modernist sublime.
In this class we will read a cross-section of short stories, from classic to contemporary, from America and the world. Stories by: Jamaica Kincaid, Edgar Allan Poe, Etgar Keret, Herman Melville, Katherine Mansfield, James Joyce, Zora Neale Hurston, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Flannery O’Connor, Anne Enright, Edna O’Brien, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Roxanne Gay.