A selective survey of modern and contemporary British short fiction. We'll start with turn-of-the-century writers like Rudyard Kipling and Thomas Hardy and continue through D.H. Lawrence and Graham Greene to contemporary writers like Allen Sillitoe, Angela Carter, and Ian McEwan. We'll also look at Irish writers like James Joyce and Edna O'Brien as well as Asian and African writers who set their fiction in Great Britain. We'll consider the short story as an art form as well as a window onto English society and culture. We'll make use of our London location whenever possible. Coursework will include frequent short writing assignments and a final essay to be submitted after students return from London.
This course can satisfy one of the arts and letters distribution requirements in the College.