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I. INTRODUCTION TO SHORT FICTION.
II. STORIES AND CASEBOOKS.
Casebook: The Folk Story: Tricksters and Lies.Helping to Lie (Germany). The Tall Tales (Burma). A Dispute in Sign Language (Israel). The Barn Is Burning (African American). The Emperor's New Clothes (Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark).
Casebook: Edgar Allan Poe.Poe, Preface to Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque. Poe, from Marginalia. Poe, Review of Hawthorne's
Casebook: Anton Chekhov.from The Letters of Anton Chekhov. Maxim Gorky, from the Fragments from Reminiscences. Leo Tolstoy, from the Afterword to “The Darling.” Conrad Aiken, Anton Chekhov. Vladimir Nabokov, from Chekhov's Prose. Eudora Welty, from Reality in Chekhov's Stories. Charles E. May, Chekhov and the Modern Short Story. Renato Poggioli, from Storytelling in a Double Key. Joseph Hsieh, Inner and Outer Worlds: A Comparison of Chekhov's “The Darling” and “The Schoolmistress” (student essay).
Casebook: Katherine Mansfield.from Katherine Mansfield's Journal. from Katherine Mansfield's Letters. Middleton Murry, from Katherine Mansfield. Elizabeth Bowen, from A Living Writer: Katherine Mansfield. Mary Burgan, from Illness, Gender, and Writing: The Case of Katherine Mansfield. Cathy Young, Joyce's “Araby” and Mansfield's “The Garden-Party” : The Epiphany of Adolescence (student essay).
Casebook: Eudora Welty.Jo Brans, Struggling against the Plaid: An Interview with Eudora Welty. Eudora Welty, Words into Fiction. Eudora Welty, Place in Fiction. Eudora Welty, Is Phoenix Jackson's Grandson Really Dead? Ruth M. Vande Kieft, from Eudora Welty: Visited and Revisited. Alfred Appel, Jr., from A Season of Dreams: The Fiction of Eudora Welty. Amanda Morgan, The Shadow Child: A Sequel to “A Worn Path” (student essay).
Casebook: James Baldwin.Jordan Elgrably and George Plimpton, from The Art of Fiction: An Interview with James Baldwin. James Baldwin, Autobiographical Notes. James Baldwin, The Creative Process. John M. Reilly, from “Sonny's Blues” : James Baldwin's Image of Black Community. Keith E. Byerman, Words and Music: Narrative Ambiguity in “Sonny's Blues.” Pancho Savery, Baldwin, Bebop, and “Sonny's Blues.” Zachary Roberts, Listening to “Sonny's Blues” (student essay).
Casebook: Louise Erdrich.Nancy Feyl Chavkin and Allan Chavkin, from An Interview with Louise Erdrich. Louise Erdrich, Where I Ought to Be: A Writer's Sense of Place. Kathleen M. Sands, Comments on Erdrich's “Love Medicine.” Leslie Marmon Silko, Here's an Odd Artifact for the Fairy-Tale Shelf. Review of Louise Erdrich's The Beet Queen. Susan Meisenhelder, Race and Gender in Louise Erdrich's The Beet Queen. Jennifer Sergi, Storytelling: Tradition and Preservation in Louise Erdrich's Tracks. Michael Lee, Erdrich's Dakota as Metaphor for American Culture: Review of Tales of Burning Love. Sage Van Wing, A Cultural Heritage: Louise Erdrich's Fiction. (student research essay).
III. APPENDIXES.A. A Brief History of the Story Form.