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COMPARATIVE LITERATURE
NEIL HARTLEN
Fall 1997 305 South College
MWF 10:10-11:00 Office hours: W 1:30-3:30
Machmer W-22 Phone: 545-5810/E-mail: nhartlen@complit.umass.edu

INTERNATIONAL SHORT STORY

This class is an introduction to the close reading and textual analysis of short fiction. As a Comparative Literature class, it aims to examine stories written in languages other than English (read in translation) as well as to consider the heterogeneity of English-language short story production. Stories can open up different worlds to the reader, and we will work to develop strategies of reading that are sensitive to cultural differences. In addition, we will work toward an understanding of the short story as a specific literary genre, with strengths and limitations shared between various story writers.

Since the reading load is not as heavy as for other courses, you will be expected to do careful and thorough readings of the assigned stories before coming to class. When you've read them once, read them again! You will be required to demonstrate your analytical skills in class discussion as well as in numerous papers, details of which are provided below.

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***Additional writing guidelines will follow.

Week One. Formal and Thematic Introduction to the "International Short Story"

Weeks Two-Four. Short Story: Origins and Materials

Weeks Five to Nine: Inside and Across Nations: Writing and Difference

Week Five: Writing and Sexual Difference

Weeks Six to Eight: Colonial differences

Week Nine: Internal colonies and minor literatures.

Weeks Ten-Thirteen: Literary Representation: A Meta-narrative of Short Story Development

Weeks 14-15: Doing what we can with what we've got; heterogeneity at home...

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