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Setting or Donnée in American Short Fiction

Lecture no. 9 from the course: Great American Short Stories: A Guide for Writers and Readers

Setting or Donnée in American Short Fiction

Taught by Professor Jennifer Cognard-Black | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses

Shift from the history of American short fiction to the technical aspects of the form with a look at how writers build verisimilitude into their story worlds. Professor Cognard-Black guides you through several stories with different settings—or, more specifically, données—and shows how the writers convey time and place as well as mood, atmosphere, symbolism, and more.