Fall 2012

Reading Story Sequences

Listed in: English, as ENGL-251


Dale E. Peterson (Section 01)


Although little studied as a separate literary form, the book of interlinked short stories is a prominent (and increasingly popular) form of modern fiction.  This course will slowly read and closely examine a variety of these compositions in order to better understand how they achieve their coherence and how they structure a larger story through an unfolding sequence of independent narratives.  Works likely to be considered include Joyce’s Dubliners, Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio, Hemingway’s In Our Time, Eudora Welty’s The Golden Apples, Jean Toomer’s Cane, and more recent collections by contemporary American and Anglophone writers.  For each class meeting a pair of students will collaborate on presenting a reading of a story that links it to the larger whole in which it is integrated.  The course includes frequent brief writing and concludes with an independent project on a chosen modern (or recent) example of this unusual genre of sequenced stories.  Two class meetings per week.

Limited to 20 students.  Fall semester.  Professor Peterson.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2012