In this course, students read, discuss and dissect the works of great short story writers, such as Ernest Hemingway, Katherine Mansfield, Anton Chekhov and J.D. Salinger. They also read the short stories of slightly lesser known, but equally innovative, writers from diverse ethnic and geographical backgrounds. The goal for this course is to give students an appreciation for the short story genre and a better understanding of the techniques used by different authors to captivate their audience, create a particular mood and portray reality (or the illusion of reality) within a confined literary space. In addition, this course is designed to help students improve their analytical reading and critical writing skills. Students focus on the following elements of short fiction: tone, point of view, setting, style, dialogue, characterization and motivation. (Semester, .50 credit) Offered 2021–2022.