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Literary Modernist Short Stories - Chapter Summary
This chapter explores important short stories in modernist literature. Access these bite-sized lessons any time to analyze short stories from many famous authors, including James Joyce, Shirley Jackson, Franz Kafka, Sherwood Anderson and Zora Neale Hurston. The chapter comes with short self-assessment quizzes to help you remember important information about these stories. Our expert literature instructors are also available to answer any questions you may have about the material. You can study on any Internet-connected device, and when you're finished, you'll be able to:
- Assess the authors, style and context of literary modernism
- Analyze the themes of ''The Most Dangerous Game'' and ''The Censors''
- Summarize and analyze ''The Lottery,'' ''A Country Doctor,'' ''Dubliners'' and ''Hands''
- Compare different types of foreshadowing
- Define the concept of rising action in a story
- Evaluate Zora Neale Hurston's ''Sweat'' and ''Spunk''
1. Modernist Short Stories: Characteristics, Writers & Examples
This lesson explores literary modernism during the early 20th century. What influenced the writings of this time? What are the common elements? What are some examples of modernistic short stories? Read ahead to learn more.
2. The Most Dangerous Game: Summary and Themes
Adventure stories hook the reader with fast-paced tales of danger. In this lesson, you'll learn more about a classic adventure story involving a ruthless hunter and the deadly island where he lives.
3. The Censors: Summary, Theme & Analysis
'The Censors' is a short story by Luisa Valenzuela, an author from Argentina. In 'The Censors,' Valenzuela uses humor to examine the serious events in Argentina during her life. This lesson will focus on the book and will analyze some of the literary elements present.
4. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson: Summary & Analysis
'The Lottery' by Shirley Jackson, a twisted tale of village culture, has been thrilling audiences for three generations. In this lesson, we'll review this classic short story from 1948 and analyze the thematic elements.
5. A Country Doctor by Franz Kafka: Summary & Analysis
Have you ever read the work of Franz Kafka and thought 'What on earth did I just read?' Worry not! In this lesson, you will learn an overview of ''A Country Doctor'' and an analysis of its style, themes, and possible meaning.
6. James Joyce's Dubliners: Summary & Analysis
In this lesson we'll take a look at James Joyce's collection of short stories, Dubliners. We'll go over the central themes, images, and importance of the text.
7. Hands by Sherwood Anderson: Summary & Analysis
How can a story be about hands, but also about so many other things? Sherwood Anderson's 'Hands,' which is one vignette among many in his book ''Winesburg, Ohio,'' is definitely about hands, but it is also about truth, beauty, and the grotesque.
8. Sweat by Zora Neale Hurston: Summary & Analysis
This lesson includes a brief background of the short story 'Sweat' and its author, a summary of the story, and analysis of some of its major elements. Then you'll be able to test your newfound knowledge with a quiz!
9. Spunk by Zora Neale Hurston: Summary & Analysis
''Spunk,'' a short story by Zora Neale Hurston, is a juicy tale about a love triangle that goes terribly wrong. In this lesson, we will learn more about the characters and the plot and analyze the story's major elements.
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Other chapters within the English 310: Short Stories course
- Introduction to English 310: Short Stories
- Short Story Analysis
- Historical Precursors to the Short Story
- 19th-Century Romantic Short Stories
- 19th-Century Russian Realism in Short Stories
- 19th-Century British Short Stories
- 19th & Early 20th-Century American Naturalist Short Stories
- Early 20th-Century Feminist Short Stories
- Post-WWI Short Stories
- Short Stories in Multicultural Literature
- Short Stories in Postcolonial Literature
- Required Assignments for English 310
- Studying for English 310