Religious Themes in Contemporary American Short Fiction

REL944
Fall 2017
TTh 9:00-10:20am
Area: 
Area V
Professor: 
Permission Required
Limited Enrollment
Course Description: 

A broad look at the 20th-21st century American short story with interest both in its particular narrative genre and its incorporation of both Christian and Jewish religious traditions, and especially the Bible. Writers studied include both short story “masters” (O’Connor, Cheever, Updike, Raymond Carver) and relative newcomers (Junot Diaz, Jamie Quatro, Kirstin Valdez Quade).

Background Expected: 

A love of fiction and a willingness to engage a variety of topics and styles.

Course Requirements: 

Attendance: only one unexcused absence allowed. Punctuality: the class begins at 9 AM sharp.

Three short papers  (c. 3 pages each) on assigned topics, one 15-page paper at the end of term of the student’s own devising. An important feature of each session will be reading the text out loud. The class is limited in size to enable discussion.

Basis of Evaluation: 

10% participation, 30% three short papers, 60% final paper.