• Unit 3: The Invention of the Short Story

    While most critics and writers during the period viewed poetry as the most important literary genre, the American Renaissance is now better known for its prose works. The short story as a form first came into its own in the United States with writers such as Edgar Allen Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and others exploring the aesthetic and thematic possibilities of compact prose works of fiction. 

    Completing this unit should take you approximately 10 hours.

    • 3.1: "The Limit of One Sitting" and Concerns with Length

    • 3.2: The Short Story's Artistry and Conventions

    • 3.3: The Gothic, Suspense, and the Macabre

    • 3.4: Building a New Genre with the Detective Story

    • Unit 3 Assessment

      • Receive a grade