The American Short Story

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

American Short Story

Spring 2021

Taught By: Margaret Boe Birns

Section: A

CRN: 8966

Credits: 3

It has long been observed that the short story, in its brevity and sense of implied significance, is more like a poem than a novel. Readers who feel overwhelmed by the all-embracing quality of a long novel find the enigmas posed by short stories a more satisfying literary experience. How is a short story not just shorter but fundamentally different from a novel? How, therefore, do we read it differently? Reading 20th-century American short stories gives us access to some of our greatest writers, from Ernest Hemingway, James Baldwin, and Willa Cather to Ursula K. Le Guin and Tillie Olsen. It also provides an opportunity to sample the cultural and geographical diversity of the United States. Tracing the changes in style and subject matter elucidates the evolving priorities and preoccupations of American culture from 1900 to 2000.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 22

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:57am 7/1/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/19/2021 - 5/10/2021