Department of English

University of Toronto


ENG213H1F L5101 MW6-9
The Short Story
Instructor: Michael Donnelly
Office Phone: TBD
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room TBD

Brief Description of Course: This course will introduce students to a representative sampling of short fiction from the middle of the nineteenth century to the present. We’ll read works by some of the finest short-story writers, including Edgar Allan Poe, Ernest Hemingway, Alice Munro, Flannery O’Connor, and Lorrie Moore, and then during the final week we’ll turn to recent developments in “flash” fiction and the #sixwordstory. More generally, we’ll explore how brevity is an art, and how a distinctive literary mode develops when a premium is placed on word count.

Required Reading: Short Fiction: An Anthology, Second Edition (Oxford University Press, 2015), Ed. Rosemary
Sullivan and Mark Levene. Additional stories available on Blackboard in pdf format. I’ve ordered copies ($85) of the anthology from the University of Toronto Bookstore, located at
the Koffler Student Centre, 214 College Street.

Method of Evaluation: Close Reading Test (25%); Essay, 5-6 pages (40%); 2hr Term Test; cumulative (25%); Participation (10%).

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