The purpose of this course is to present a variety of narrative genres and to discuss and illustrate some of the ways they can be analyzed. We will be looking at many narratives including fables, short stories, novellas, and autobiographies. While some the works will be from the Anglo-American tradition, a large number will be from European and non-Western literatures. The course will thus offer ample opportunity for the exploration of different traditions in a comparative perspective. Among authors to be read: Aesop, Borges, Douglass, Joyce, Kafka, Maupassant, Munro, and Rhys as well such writers from non-Western cultures as Birago Diop, Taha Husayn, and Mori Ogai.