Teaching Short Fiction: A Fairy Tale Beginning 

Non-majors in the general education curriculum respond well to 
a course in short fiction when they are introduced to familiar 
works and then prompted to consider variations on those works that 
force them to rethink comfortable traditions. My fiction course 
begins with well-known fairy tales followed by little-known variants, 
then contemporary rewritings. Engagement in the readings prompts 
students to self-examination and exploration of the wider world.