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MFA Course Descriptions

IMF 53705
Selected Emphases in Fiction: The Long Story & Novella

Instructor: Ted Morrissey

Class Type: Literature

Course Description: In workshops, fiction writers often focus on the short-story form; however, nearly all fiction writers aspire to be novelists. The leap from story writing to novel writing can be daunting. The focus of this course is literature that falls into that gray area between the typical short story and novel: the long story and the novella (which can be interchangeable terms). We will read eight works of fiction, with a particular emphasis on studying the elements in these shorter works that we normally associate with full-blown novels. While length is most readily identified as the chief difference between short stories and novels, in this course we will see that there is much more to it than mere word count—and in so doing hopefully facilitate the tricky transition from short-form to long-form writer.

Textbooks: 

The Death of Ivan Ilych *

Leo Tolstoy

Bantam

978-0553210354

The Awakening *

Kate Chopin

Dover

978-0486277868

The Old Man and the Sea

Ernest Hemingway

Scribner

978-0684801223

Brokeback Mountain

Annie Proulx

Scribner

978-0743271325

Black Water

Joyce Carol Oates

Plume

978-0452269866

Wide Sargasso Sea

Jean Rhys

Norton

978-0393960129

Home

Toni Morrison

Vintage

978-0307740915

Sleep Donation **

Karen Russell

Atavist

Ebook only

 *Denotes a book that is available free online.

** Sleep Donation is only available in digital format; available for free download (Amazon etc.)

 

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