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ENG 380 The Short Story (Struloeff): Home

A survey course studying the tradition and history of the short story, as well as key contributors to the form

Researching Your Literary Topic

A reference book can be a good starting place for an unfamiliar topic, providing an overview and key terms to use in further searches.  However, many reference books cannot be counted in your required number of sources.  For short stories try searching for your author in Reference Guide to Short Fiction

Keep in mind that many reference books cannot be counted in your required number of sources for a research paper!

These databases are good places to start your literature-related research. If you have difficulties locating sources on your topic, remember the librarians are available to help.

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Elizabeth Parang
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Course Description

In this class, we will study the tradition and history of the short story, as well as key contributors to the form.  Since this is a survey course, we will be covering a broad range of writers and styles—from the early roots, including Hawthorne and Poe, through modernism and into post-modernism and present-day writers.  While we certainly will not cover all short story writers, I have tried to choose readings from many of the significant writers that, if you continue in English Studies, you will be likely to read or hear about again.  We will look at a number of authors from other countries—while they are sometimes lesser known in the US, they have contributed significantly to the story form.