Fiction (Short Stories)

read Types & Forms of Literature and consider how you might use some of this to approach readings this week’s reading. Also read the following short stories: Jamaica Kincaid, “Girl” Actions ; Ursula LeGuin, “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas”; Sherman Alexie, “Every Little Hurricane”; and Donald Barthelme, “Some of Us Have Been Threatening Our Friend Colby.” “Every Little Hurricane” is the longest story, but I consider it one of the most important.

Choose one short story this week (one only) that you feel has the most merit or value, and support your case using the criteria we previously used for visual arts: perfection of form, degree of insight, and inexhaustibility/engagement. See Some Possible Criteria for Judging Creative Works if you need to. I should see these concepts used explicitly in your discussion. Be sure an support your position with details from the story, how it is written or constructed, how much you feel it has to tell us about humans, human culture, etc., what lasting value it may have and why, and so on. Write 250-275 words (more is fine).

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You might also consult the list of universal themes and concepts in the Humanities, which were listed in the Museum Review/Art Analysis assignment. These may help you locate a theme (or themes) you see in the short story that you feel is significant.

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