Prof. John Hildebidle
For some reason, American literature (like French, Irish, and Russian, among others) has been especially productive in major works in fictional forms shorter than the novel. Our task in this course will be to survey that field, by looking at particular moments of high accomplishment. We will, in addition, consider some of the ways in which literary formulae can be used and varied, and some of the impacts of elements of narrative construction.
OCW has published multiple versions of this subject.
Hildebidle, John. 21L.705 Masterworks in American Short Fiction, Fall 2005. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/literature/21l-705-masterworks-in-american-short-fiction-fall-2005 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA