Introduction to Fiction Digital Reader

Short Stories

Barthelme, Donald
"The School"
Ballard, J.G.

Bellamy, Edward

Borges, Luis

Bradbury, Ray
"The Veldt"

John Cheever

Collins, Wilkie
"Volpurno" (1843)
"The Dream Woman" (1874)

Chopin, Kate.  
"The Story of an Hour" (Library of America, 2000) 
"The Story of a Dream" (Current Literature (1895))
"The Story of a Dream" (Vogue (1894))

David, Lydia
"Ten Stories from Flaubert"
"The Sins of a Translator"

Daitch, Susan

Ellison, Ralph
"Light on Invisible Man" (1953)

Fitzgerald, F. Scott.  
"Berenice Bobs Her Hair"

Flaubert, Gustave
Madame Bovary
Madame Bovary (Excerpt from Lydia Davis translation)

Gaitskill, Mary
Short Story: "Wish Fulfillment" by Mary Gaitskill
Hemingway, Ernest
"Hills Like White Elephants" Resources (John L'Heureux Essay)

Hurston, Zora Neale
Short Story: "Mother Catherine" by Zora Neale Hurston
Matthews, Harry

Perec, Georges

Queneau, Raymond

Russ, Joanna

Saunders, George
"Sea Oak"

Shelley, Mary Woolstonecraft. 


Stein, Gertrude
Miss Furr and Miss Skeene
Tender Buttons: Objects
Three Lives

Twain, Mark

Wharton, Edith

Wharton, Edith.  "Roman Fever"

Wilde, Oscar

The Canterville Ghost

Jonathan Baumbach, "The Story"

Susan Daitch, "Contents of a Censor's Outbox"

Kim Edwards, "Thirty-Six Exposures"

Mary Gaitskill, "Description"

Daboberto Gilb, "About Tere Who Was in Palomas"

Marías, Javier, "Interpreters of Lives"

Flash Fiction

Short Stories in Translation

The Thousand and One Nights

Chekov, Anton
"At Christmas Time" [compare plot to Chopin's "Story of an Hour"]
"The Lady With the Pet Dog" [see Joyce Carole Oates story with the same title]
Schultz, Bruno


"The Concept of Character in Fiction" by William Gass

On Dialogue: (John L'Heureux Essay)

The nature of narrative [electronic resource] / Robert Scholes, James Phelan, Robert Kellogg

Essentials of the Theory of Fiction

Playing in the Dark by Toni Morrison

"The Phases of Fiction" by Virginia Woolf (Part II, Part III)

"An Endangered Species" (review essay on the short story as genre) by Joyce Carol Oates

The Short Story (Wikipedia)

"A Brief History of the Short Story" by William Boyd

Writing Resources

What Is the MLA?

Writing About Texts

Notes on Close Reading (Professor Kelley)

Professor Rodgers' Guide to the Purdue OWL

Writing About Literature: Three Handouts

Some Important Novels by Author

Don Quixote

Bronte, Charlotte
Jane Eyre

Chopin, Kate
The Awakening
The Fault

Dos Passos, John
Interview (The Paris Review, 1969)
U.S.A. Trilogy

Eliot, George
Daniel Deronda

Ellison, Ralph
Invisible Man

Gaddis, William
The Recognitions

Hurston, Zora Neale
Their Eyes Were Watching God

Joyce, James
Finnegan's Wake

Melville, Herman
Moby Dick

Richardson, Samuel

Wright, Richard

Tristram Shandy (Sterne/printing and the book)

Frankenstein (Shelley/genetic engineering)

"The Index" (Ballard/printing and the book)

"With the Eyes Shut" (Edward Bellamy/photography?)

"In the Cage" (Henry James/telegraphy)

The Canterville Ghost (O. Wilde/photography)

The First Writing Machines (Twain/Typewriter)

City of Refuge (Fisher/automobiles)

Vag (Dos Passos/Film Camera)

A Thing About Machines (Serling/typewriter, razor, TV)