In English 281, students will analyze and discuss selected short stories by authors from different cultures and countries. Students will have extensive practice in careful reading and analysis of short fiction, informed by the ex amination of literary elements and modes of writing. Discussion will lead to practice in expository, analytic, and critical writing about the texts, as well as practice in refining prose style. As part of a liberal arts education, English 281 will also enc ourage students to identify and express their individual talents as they engage in lifelong learning.