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ENG 380 American Short Fiction (Struloeff): Home

Resources for 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. 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.

Locate Short Story Collections in the Library Catalog

Search the library catalog using this entry: su:short stories, American

Limit the format to e-book and you will find collections such as these:

Locate Biographical Information

MLA Citation Style

Information about the 8th edition of the MLA Style Handbook can be found in the MLA Style Center, including A Quick Guide to Works Cited, What's New and Ask the MLA

You can also find guidance on using MLA style on the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) website: MLA Formatting and Style Guide


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Elizabeth Parang
Pepperdine University Libraries
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90263

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.