HENA0363DU  English - MA-course: The American short story

Volume 2013/2014
Content
"The national art form,” as the author Frank O’Connor called it, the short story has for two centuries flourished in the United States, attracting many of America’s finest writers. In this course, we will consider the ancestry and development, contexts and criticism, modes and component elements, and types and techniques of the short story as it has manifested itself in American literature. We will read and analyze stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, Ernest Hemingway, Katherine Anne Porter, Saul Bellow, Joyce Carol Oates, Raymond Carver, and others, drawn from The Heath Anthology of American Literature and from a compendium compiled especially for the course. Highly recommended: The Cambridge Introduction to the American Short Story by Martin Scofield (2006). Background reading: From Puritanism to Postmodernism by R. Ruland and M. Bradbury (1991), and The American Short Story – A Critical History edited by Gordon Weaver (1983).
Credit
15 ECTS
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Other
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Curriculum for Master’s Programme in English Studies [Master’s Programme, the 2008 Curriculum
Credit
7,5 ECTS
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Other
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