20th-Century American Short Story Classics

Schools of Public Engagement: BPATS

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
20th-Cent Short Story Classics
Fall 2024
Taught By: Margaret Boe Birns
Section: A

CRN: 17174

Credits: 3

In this class we will examine the way in which the sensibility of the 20th-century American writer found in the short story a highly congenial medium, exerting a major influence on the development of this genre, from the innovations of William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway to a second golden age in the last half of the 20th century. As our stories move from Minnesota to Mississippi, from Georgia to New York City, from the fantastic to the “dirty real,” we will especially examine the way the short story produces a moment of truth, rearranging our perceptions, and bringing new insights; through its very brevity it will bring an overflow of revelation, illumination, or feeling. Although now considered classics, these stories will also still address relevant modern problems and modern situations, featuring essential American authors such as Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Willa Cather, William Faulkner, Joyce Carol Oates, Flannery O'Connor, Raymond Carver, James Baldwin, Richard Ford, James Alan McPherson, Bernard Malamud, Ann Beattie, Ursula K. LeGuin.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: BPATS (BPAT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: Online - Asynchronous

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 12:44am EDT 5/25/2024

Meeting Info:
Building: Online Course
Room: 999
Date Range: 8/26/2024 - 12/15/2024