Perspectives on The Short Story Package Florida State University

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  • Copyright: 2012-08-09
  • Publisher: Pearson Learning Solutions
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Perspectives on the Short Storyopens an exciting gateway into the literary tradition. With an eye on the ever-changing needs of the twenty-first century classroom, Perspectivesoffers numerous innovative themes and connections. It ranges globally, touching down in literary geographies from Cervantes' Spain to Hurston's Eatonville to Ngugi's Nigeria. No matter what the focus of the course, instructors will find plenty of stories to deepen students' understanding and appreciation of literature. Beginning with the emergence of the short story form in the nineteenth century, the editors draw connections among the short story and folklore, myth, and the origins of the novel. The volume also edges over the borders of literary conventions, looking at familiar genres as well as experiments in graphic stories and the avant-garde. Students will delight in meeting up with Gogol's nose, Atwood's "Ugly Stepsister," Poe's eerie twins, and Alexie's "Lone Ranger."

Table of Contents

Stories Grouped by Nationality and Period:

Charles Chesnutt “The Sheriff’s Children” (1889)

Zora Neale Hurston “Sweat” (1926)

Ralph Ellison “Battle Royal” (1947)

James Baldwin “Sonny’s Blues” (1957)

Alice Walker “Roselily” (1973)

Toni Morrison “Recitatif” (1983)

Helena Viramontes “The Moths” (1985)

¿Sandra Cisneros “Never Marry a Mexican” (1991)

Dagoberto Gilb “The Death Mask of Pancho Villa” (1991)

Louise Erdrich “American Horse” (1983)

Joy Harjo “The Flood” (1990)

Sherman Alexie “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven” (1993)

Gish Jen “In the American Society” (1986)

Jhumpa Lahiri “A Temporary Matter” (1998)

Ha Jin “After Cowboy Chicken Came to Town” (2000)

William Faulkner “That Evening Sun” (1931)

Eudora Welty “The Hitch-Hikers” (1941)

Robert Penn Warren “Blackberry Winter” (1946)

Flannery O’Connor “Good Country People” (1955)

John Updike “Ace in the Hole” (1955)

John Cheever “The Death of Justina” (1960)


Joyce Carol Oates “How I Contemplated the World from the Detroit House

of Correction and Began My Life Over Again” (1969)

Raymond Carver “The Idea” (1971)

Washington Irving “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” (1820)

Harriet Beecher Stowe “The Minister’s Housekeeper” (1872)

Ambrose Bierce “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” (1890)

Stephen Crane “The Blue Hotel” (1898)

George Eliot “Brother Jacob” (1864)

Robert Louis Stevenson “Markheim” (1885)

Oscar Wilde “The Portrait of Mr W.H.” (1889)

D.H. Lawrence “The Prussian Officer” (1914)

Frank O’Connor “First Confession” (1939)

Graham Greene “The Destructors” (1954)

Edna O’Brien “A Scandalous Woman” (1974)

Miguel de Cervantes “The Glass Graduate” (1613)

Nikolai Gogol “The Nose” (1836)

Fyodor Dostoevsky “A Christmas Tree and a Wedding” (1848)

Leo Tolstoy “God Sees the Truth, But Waits” (1872)

Albert Camus “The Renegade” (1957)

Milan Kundera “The Hitchhiking Game” (1969)

Italo Calvino “The Garden of Stubborn Cats” (1983)

Jean Rhys “The Day They Burned the Books” (1960)

Paule Marshall “To Da-duh, in Memoriam” (1967)

Edwidge Danticat “Children of the Sea” (1993)

Junot Díaz “The Sun, the Moon, the Stars” (1998)

Julio Cortázar “Continuity of Parks” (1956)

Gabriel García Márquez “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World” (1968)

Clarice Lispector “The Departure of the Train” (1974)

Luisa Valenzuela “Cat’s Eye” (1988)

Amos Oz “The Way of the Wind” (1962)

Ghassan Kanafani “Men in the Sun” (1963)

Yusuf Idris “A House of Flesh” (1971)

Chinua Achebe “The Sacrificial Egg” (1959)

Assia Djebar “There Is No Exile” (1959)

Nadine Gordimer “The Bridegroom” (1959)

Ngugiwa Thiong’o “Minutes of Glory” (1975)

R. K. Narayan “Forty-Five a Month” (1943)

Salman Rushdie “The Prophet’s Hair” (1981)

Wang Meng “The Stubborn Porridge” (1989)

Mahasweta Devi “The Hunt” (1995)


Stories Grouped by Transnational Genres:

Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) “Cannibalism in the Cars” (1867)

Donald Barthelme “A Shower of Gold” (1963)

Joseph Heller “Love, Dad” (1969)

George Saunders “CivilWarLand in Bad Decline” (1992)

David Sedaris “Don’s Story” (1995)

Edgar Allan Poe “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” (1841)

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” (1892)

Susan Glaspell “A Jury of Her Peers” (1917)

Dashiell Hammett “The Gutting of Couffignal” (1925)

Raymond Chandler “Red Wind” (1938)

Patricia Highsmith “Blow It” (1981)

Walter Mosley “Black Dog” (1997)

Charles Perrault “Blue Beard” (1697)

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm “Fitcher’s Bird” (1812)

Angela Carter “The Bloody Chamber” (1979)

Robert Coover “The Last One” (2005)

Kelly Link “The Faery Handbag” (2005)

Art Spiegelman “The Honeymoon” (1986)

Marjane Satrapi “Moscow” (2000)

Alison Bechdel “A Happy Death” (2007)

Sarah Orne Jewett “A White Heron” (1886)

Willa Cather “The Clemency of the Court” (1893)

Peter Matthiessen ‘’The Wolves of Aguila’’ (1958)

Leslie Marmon Silko “Yellow Woman” (1974)

Terry Bisson “They’re Made Out of Meat” (1991)

H.G. Wells “The New Accelerator” (1901)

John Campbell “Elimination” (1936)

Isaac Asimov “Nightfall” (1941)

James Tiptree, Jr. “The Girl Who Was Plugged In” (1973)

Octavia E. Butler “Bloodchild” (1984)

E.T.A. Hoffman “The Sand-Man” (1816)

Nathaniel Hawthorne “The Minister’s Black Veil” (1836)

Edgar Allan Poe “The Fall of the House of Usher” (1839)

Jules Verne “Master Zacharius” (1854)

Elizabeth Gaskell “The Doom of the Griffiths” (1858)

Robert Louis Stevenson “The Body Snatcher” (1884)

Kate Chopin “The Maid of Saint Phillipe” (1891)

Charlotte Perkins Gilman “The Yellow Wallpaper” (1892)

Edna Ferber “One of the Old Girls” (1912)

Dorothy Parker “Big Blonde” (1929)

Doris May Lessing “To Room Nineteen” (1963)

Margaret Atwood ‘’Loulou; or, the Domestic Life of the Language’’ (1983)

Isaac Bashevis Singer “The Little Shoemakers” (1945)

Bernard Malamud “The Magic Barrel” (1954)

Philip Roth “Defender of the Faith” (1959)

Cynthia Ozick “The Shawl” (1980)

Rebecca Goldstein “The Legacy of Raizel Kaidish” (1985)

Charles Dickens “The Broker’s Man” (1835)

Herman Melville “Bartleby, the Scrivener! A Story of Wall-Street” (1853)

John Steinbeck “Breakfast” (1938)

Tillie Olsen “I Stand Here Ironing” (1961)

Toni Cade Bambara “The Lesson” (1972)

Honoré de Balzac “The Purse” (1832)

Gustave Flaubert “A Simple Soul” (1877)

Henry James “The Real Thing” (1892)

Anton Chekhov “The Lady with the Dog” (1899)

Theodore Dreiser “Curious Shifts of the Poor” (1899)

Jack London “In a Far Country” (1899)

Frank Norris “A Deal in Wheat” (1903)

Richard Wright “Down by the Riverside” (1938)

Joseph Conrad “An Outpost of Progress” (1897)

Gertrude Stein “Fernhurst” (1904-5)

James Joyce “After the Race” (1914)

Franz Kafka “A Report to an Academy” (1917)

F. Scott Fitzgerald “Bernice Bobs Her Hair” (1920)

Virginia Woolf “The Mark on the Wall” (1921)

Jean Toomer “Box Seat” (1923)

Ernest Hemingway “My Old Man” (1923)

Samuel Beckett “1” and “2” (1950–52)

Jorge Luis Borges “Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote” (1939)

Vladimir Nabokov “The Vane Sisters” (1959)

John Barth “Night-Sea Journey” (1968)

Kurt Vonnegut “Welcome to the Monkey House” (1968)

William S. Burroughs “The ‘Priest’ They Called Him” (1973)

Kathy Acker “Florida” (1978)

Percival Everett “The Appropriation of Cultures” (1996)

Kim Addonizio “A Brief History of Condoms” (1999)

Alexandra Chasin “Two Alphabets” (2007)

Don DeLillo “Midnight in Dostoevsky” (2009)

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