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372-001 American Short Story: History & Theories of Short Fiction

372-001 American Short Story: History & Theories of Short Fiction
Instructor: Ron Rindo
Description:
In English 372/572, we will study the development of the American short story from its origins to the present day. Along with our study of the stories themselves, we will also focus attention on theories of the short story, beginning with Edgar Allan Poe's "Review of Twice-Told Tales," published in May, 1842, in Graham's Magazine, and long considered the foundational theoretical statement on the form. Among questions we will consider are the following: What is a short story? What are its aesthetic requirements? Does it offer anything to readers that other genres cannot? How has the form changed over time? Is the genre really closer to a poem than a novel, as everyone says? Can any single definition of the form hold all of its finest examples?

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