English | Topics in Current Literature
W664 | 16591 | Wilkinson

1:00p 2:15p TR

TOPIC: THE SHORT STORY CYCLE
AUTHORIZATION OF INSTRUCTOR IS REQUIRED.

Also known as the composite novel, a novel told in stories and interrelated stories, the short story cycle has emerged as a primary genre for expressing and exploring the journey of an individual and his/her place in a larger society in relation to race, class and region. We will also examine the misidentification of the form as a failed novel and define and redefine what components make the form cyclic. We will begin by laying the groundwork by taking a new look at a few early authors of the genre such as Sherwood Anderson, James Joyce, Jean Toomer and quickly move toward the more recent works of Edwidge Danticat, Junot Diaz, Lois-Ann Yamanaka, Gurney Norman, Fred Chappell, Louise Erdrich, Julia Alvarez, Robert Olen Butler and how these writers appropriate the form to depict the process of identity formation. Coursework will most likely include active discussion, weekly short responses which will generate these discussions, oral presentations, and one long essay (15-20 pages).