This course will explore short stories by D. H. Lawrence, Alice Munro, Anton Chekhov, James Joyce, Kate Chopin, and William Trevor, six writers considered to be masters of the form. The authors have been praised not only for their originality, but also for their ability to stretch their readers’ expectations. As we move from nineteenth to twentieth century literature and from country to country, students will contrast and compare universal traits and national differences. Students are encouraged to read materials twice in preparation for lively discussion. Each class will cover one long story or two shorter ones, with the assigned readings to be emailed as PDFs approximately ten days before class.