In spring 2015, I am teaching all online: English 1B; English 49B, Creative Writing, Fiction; and English 44D, World Literature II. If you would more information on any of these classes, please contact me.

Delta College will offer Studies in Fiction, Eng 55B, approved as part of the transfer major in English, in Fall 2015 as an all online class.

The theme of the course is “Choices” – choices authors have made (biographical and cultural approaches), choices the characters have made (formalist, close readings of text), and choices readers make about the work (reader response approaches).

We will read several short stories, three novellas, and six novels. I will introduce the assigned readings in the on-campus meeting each week and we will discuss them in the etudes discussion forums during the week. There will be three quizzes and three essays in addition to the discussions over the course of the semester.

This reading list is offered for folks who want to start reading ahead of the semester.

Some of these items are free on the internet while for others, I have ordered relatively inexpensive editions available via which will also be stocked by the Delta College bookstore.

For internet works, citations will be by URL and paragraph number, while for paperback books, everyone needs to use the assigned editions so the page numbers match.


19th century short stories:

Three Tales and Another, by Gustave Flaubert

$5.95 on amazon

19th century short stories:

Edgar Allan Poe, The Works of, Vol. 2

Free download

19th century novella:

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Dover Thrift Editions) by Robert Louis Stevenson

$2.25 at amazon

or free at

19th century novel:

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne


The Best American Short Stories of the [20th] Century [Paperback]

by John Updike,

$16.00 on amazon

My interest in the three utopian/dystopian works listed below centers around their dramatic contrast/similarity to “reality” –this tension is what grabs me–sort of a call to wonder “What if?” What kind of choices have led to these fictional works—settings, characters, actions, conflicts?

20th century, early, novella dystopian

The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster

free download:

20th century, mid, novella dystopian

Anthem, by Any Rand


20th century, early—post WWI

Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence

20th century, later—post WWII

Sophie’s Choice by William Styron

20th century, later – dystopia and utopia—1970s and future

Woman at the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy

20th century, later — postmodernism

White Noise (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition), by Don DeLillo

$9.00 on amazon

20th century, end, 1999 — postcolonialism

Disgrace by J.M. Coetze

$13.00 at amazon

Please email me if you have questions:


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