99年第1學期-4071 美國短篇故事鏈 課程資訊
|Attendance and Participation||20||Poor attendance, tardiness, and not actively participating in class discussions will affect your final course grade.|
|4 Short Response Papers||25||Those are in-class short response papers. Please do the assigned readings before coming to class meetings.|
|Literary Analysis Paper||25||1000-1200 words|
|Oral Presentation||30||1300-1500 words (More details about the assignment will be explained in class)|
By the end of the course, students should have achieved the following objectives:
1. Be familiar with the distinctive features of the short story cycle.
2. Be able to tell the differences between a short story cycle and a novel.
3. Be able to differentiate a short story collection from a short story cycle.
4. Know how to use their critical thinking skills in literary analysis.
5. Develop an appreciation for literature in its cultural context.
The short story cycle is seen as a hybrid genre of the short story and the novel. This is because while individual stories in a short story cycle, like stories in a collection, can be read separately and understood in isolation; they are also interrelated and work together to tell a larger story as chapters in a novel do. In this course, we will read some representative texts of the American short story cycles to experience and enjoy the complexity and beauty of the genre.
Office HourTuesdays and Thursdays 4:20-5:20 p.m. and by appointment
1. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie.
2. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
3. House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
4. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan