The small wonders in this course are short stories. We’ll read a sampling of memorable stories by classic and contemporary writers, with emphasis on their treatment of the social world, individual consciousness and moral choice. The syllabus will include such writers as John Barth, Donald Barthelme, Anne Beattie, Hawthorne, Joyce, Jhumpa Lahiri, Gabriel Marquez, Alice Munro, Flannery O’Connor, Tolstoy, Updike. Students will write a response journal and a brief essay devoted to a text not on our primary syllabus.