Overview; read about gender relationships, marriage, grief, loss, death, redemption, beauty, triumph and a whole host of other very human experiences. What has this done for you? Has it changed your perspective on life in any way, or has it confirmed it?
What is the point of reading literature, anyway? Why are stories important?
Why do we continue to tell stories after thousands of years? (Remember that what we think of as novels and stories were first told as epic poems).
Why are they so powerful, and what do they give us?
Edson, Margaret. Wit. New York: Faber & Faber, 1999. ISBN: 978-0571198771
Sun, Nilaja. No Child. New York: Dramatists Play Service, 2008. ISBN: 978-0822222385 or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbx5MNj0a-A&feature=youtu.be
Hacker, Diana. A Writer’s Reference. Bedford/St. Martin’s; 7th edition (July 6, 2009).
Sharon James McGee’s Analyzing Literature: A Guide for Students, “Thinking about the Genre,” “Strategies for Reading a Work of Literature,” and “Terms” (page 1 to the top of 7).
Charlotte Perkins-Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” http://itech.fgcu.edu/faculty/wohlpart/alra/gilman.htm#INSERT%203
Why I Wrote “The Yellow Wallpaper” http://csivc.csi.cuny.edu/history/files/lavender/whyyw.html
Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” http://www.vcu.edu/engweb/webtexts/hour/
William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily”: http://xroads.virginia.edu/~DRBR/wf_rose.html
Ernest Hemingway’s “Hills Like White Elephants”
Robert Frost’s “Home Burial” http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/238120
Emily Dickinson’s “Some Keep the Sabbath” http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/182809
Robert Browning’s “My Last Duchess,” http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15701
Ezra Pound’s “In a Station of the Metro” http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/19705
Billy Collins’ “On Turning Ten”: http://www.billy-collins.com/2005/06/on_turning_ten.html
Susan Glaspell, Trifles http://itech.fgcu.edu/faculty/wohlpart/alra/glaspell.htm