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LIT 197 — The Contemporary American Short Story

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 14—Mar 18
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Drop Deadline: Jan 16
Units: 2
Tuition: $485
Instructor(s): Michael Krasny
Status: Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
Winter
Live Online(About Formats)
Thursdays
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Date(s)
Jan 14—Mar 18
10 weeks
Drop By
Jan 16
2 Units
Fees
$485
Instructor(s):
Michael Krasny
Registration opens Nov 30, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: Some of our refund deadlines have changed. See this course's drop deadline above and click here for the full policy.
This course focuses on American short stories published during the second half of the 20th century by introducing major writers of that period and examining their central themes, stylistics, and craft. What elements culturally link American writers who emerge from diverse backgrounds, but come from the same zeitgeist? Why do certain storytellers from this period affect literate readers so strongly, and how do we judge or evaluate who belongs in the pantheon? Class sessions will include lecture and discussion. Emphasis will be on close readings and textual analysis. We will read and discuss a wide range of short stories by some of the best and most beloved writers of contemporary American fiction, including Isaac Bashevis Singer, Bernard Malamud, James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, Grace Paley, Eudora Welty, John Cheever, Alice Walker, Ernest Gaines, James Alan McPherson, Flannery O’Connor, Charles Johnson, Helena Maria Viramontes, Amy Tan, Maxine Hong Kingston, Bharati Mukherjee, Raymond Carver, Leslie Marmon Silko, Sherman Alexie, T.C. Boyle, and Mary Gaitskill.

Michael Krasny, Professor of English, SF State; Host of Forum, KQED Radio

Michael Krasny is a literary critic and scholar and has hosted Forum on KQED radio since 1993. He is the author of a number of books including Off Mike, Spiritual Envy, and Let There Be Laughter; the co-author of Sound Ideas; and the creator and presenter of the audio lecture series Masterpieces of Short Fiction.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) John G. Parks, American Short Stories Since 1945 (ISBN 978-0195131321)
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