Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG213H1S L5101

ENG213H1S L5101 MW 6-9
The Short Story
Instructor: Noa Reich
Office Phone: TBD
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room TBA
Email: noa.reich@mail.utoronto.ca

Brief Description of Course: This course will introduce students to a range of short fiction from the nineteenth century to the present. We will explore nineteenth-century tales of the fantastical, detection, and psychology by Edgar Allan Poe, Conan Doyle, Herman Melville, Henry James, Franz Kafka, and Chekhov; classic modernist short stories by Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, and Susan Glaspell; Southern Gothic worlds in Flannery O’Connor and William Faulkner; as well as more recent writing by Alice Munro, Alice Walker, Thomas King and others. As we examine continuities and differences in the kinds of identities and worlds represented in short fictions, we’ll also see how particular narrative features such as narration, characterization, and irony remain central to this rich but concentrated medium.

Required Reading: TBA.

Method of Evaluation: Short close-reading test (25); essay (30%); final exam (35%); participation (10%).


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