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Manifesting Destinies: Modern American Short Fiction

Course Times & Enrolment

Tuesdays from 14th January 2020 (Code LI299-202) Add to Basket Tuesdays from
14th January 2020 2:10pm - 4:00pm • (10 classes)
Holyrood campus • Tutor: Anthony McKibbin BA
£133.00 Concessions and discounts

Course Summary

The United States isn’t just a country but almost a continent, with riches aplenty beyond material wealth and militaristic might. It is also a country often divided and full of contradictions which its breadth of fiction wonderfully accommodates and explores. Please join us to look at the range available in the modern American short story.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

No previous knowledge of the subject is assumed.

Content of Course

The Lottery, Shirley Jackson

The State of Grace, Harold Brodkey

The Magic Barrel, Bernard Malamud

Upon the Sweeping Flood, Joyce Carol Oates

The Indian Uprising, Donald Barthelme

The Baby Sitter, Robert Coover

Train, Joy Williams

Greenwich Time, Anne Beattie

Lechery, Jayne Anne Phillips

American Express, James Salter

Teaching method(s)

Discussion based with essay notes.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

Discuss the stories with confidence, analysing its properties and using language that they feel comfortable adopting without simply falling into the opinionated.


Core Readings

Essential Reading:

Ford, Richard, ed. The Book of American Short Stories, 1992, London, Granta.

Recommended Reading:

Mullan, John, How Novels Work. 2006, Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Lodge, David, ed. Modern Criticism and Theory: A Reader, 1988, Harlow, Longman.


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.