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E. Laurie George
ENGL 213
Seattle Campus

Modern and Postmodern Literature

Introduces twentieth-century literature and contemporary literature, focusing on representative works that illustrate literary and intellectual developments since 1900.

Class description

213a: Modern and Postmodern Literature Dr. Laurie George Summer, 2007

“Novel, a, short story padded.”

--Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary, 1911

This intensive 5-week course will focus upon fiction: short story writers who published during the close of the 19th century, and then others throughout the 20th. We will analyze each story formally before considering it in the contexts of literary modernism and postmodernism, as well as in relation to shifting cultural ideologies. We will also view and analyze certain of the short stories adapted to film (including “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,”) as a means of understanding various reading and viewing audience receptions to these print and audiovisual narrative formats.

Writers and stories we’ll read, discuss, and write about include: Bierce, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” Melville, “Bartleby the Scrivener”; Hemingway, “Hills Like White Elephants,” Chopin, “The Story of an Hour”; Faulkner, “A Rose for Emily”; Jackson, “The Lottery”; Wright, “The Man Who Was Almost a Man”; Baldwin, “Sonny’s Blues”; Oates, “Where Are you Going, Where Have You Been?”; Mason, “Shiloh,” Jen, “Who’s Irish?”; Cisneros, “The House on Mango Street’; Carver, “Cathedral,”; Coupland, “Microserfs”; Proulx, “Brokeback Mountain.”

Course requirements include active attendance, intellectual engagement and critical discussion, online reading of some stories (e.g., Douglas Copeland’s “Microserfs”) as well as research of biographical, critical and cultural contexts; short quizzes and short-essay responses; and a final examination.

Course Print Text: Ann Charters, The Story and its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction (Bedford/St Martin’s Press. ISBN-10: 0-312-44271-8 and 13:978-0-312-44271-2)

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short lecture/discussion

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Last Update by E. Laurie George
Date: 05/01/2007