Seminar: Diversity and the Contemporary American Short Story - Vertiefungsmodul - Details
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Course name Seminar: Diversity and the Contemporary American Short Story - Vertiefungsmodul
Course number ANG.04630.02
Semester SoSe 2023
Current number of participants 25
maximum number of participants 27
Home institute Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Courses type Seminar in category Offizielle Lehrveranstaltungen
First date Thursday, 13.04.2023 12:15 - 13:45, Room: Sitzungszimmer [Mel]
Studiengänge (für) ANG.04630.02 für Current Developments in the American Short Story

Module assignments


Given the immense increase in the popularity of short stories since the millennium, it is curious, to say the least, that a number of critics regard the American short story as an “endangered species” (see Oates 2000, 38–41) and even as a “dead form” (see Batuman 2006, 63–64). In this course, we will challenge the critics’ practice of sounding the death knell for the genre by exploring the multifaceted notion of diversity primarily in the contemporary American short story. Our corpus of short stories include texts from a wide range of prominent authors: the African American author Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, the Chinese-American author Yiyun Li, the Dominican-American writer Junot Díaz, the European American writers Noria Jablonski and Floyd Skoot, and the British Black woman writer Bernadine Evaristo. We will examine representative examples from these authors’ writings from diverse angles, including form, language, identity, gender, class, race, and political contexts, and cover issues such as love, diaspora, disabilities, LGBTQ+, dystopia, and violence. We will also have special guest lecture by the eminent scholar Prof. Geoffrey Harpham (the former director of the National Humanities Center).

Diese Lehrveranstaltung ist im Studienbegleitprogramm von gender*bildet (Zertifikat Gender Studies) anrechenbar. Nähere Informationen finden Sie unter diesem Link:

Works Cited
Batuman, Elif. “Short Story & Novel.” n+1, Issue 4: Reconstruction (Spring 2006): 63–70.
Oates, Joyce Carol. “An Endangered Species.” New York Review of Books 29 June (2000): 38–41.

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Admission settings

The course is part of admission "Beschränkte Teilnehmendenanzahl: Diversity and the Contemporary American Short Story".
The following rules apply for the admission:
  • A defined number of seats will be assigned to these courses.
    The seats will be assigned in order of enrolment.
  • The enrolment is possible from 15.03.2023, 11:30 to 21.04.2023, 23:59.