Novellas and the Curious In-Between (6 Week Course)
Stephen King once called the novella "an ill-defined and disreputable literary banana republic.” Is the novella really such a creature of instability? What, if anything, defines the genre, other than a length determined by what it is not—too long to be a short story and too short to be a novel? The novella is a genre of in-betweens, a curious and unstable commodity that hasn’t perhaps found its place today in either literary canons or widespread public interest. In this course, we’ll read some of the best novellas of the 20th and 21st centuries (cheating a bit with The Turn of the Screw ). Like the genre itself, these novellas feature a range of curious in-betweens—people/places with mutable identities that have uncanny and/or tragic outcomes. Every week, I’ll provide an author background and any relevant historical/critical context, as well as a series of questions to guide this interactive, discussion-based experience. Participation is encouraged but optional. I will provide you with the James, McCullers, and Chiang texts, but you will need to purchase the Ferrante, Larsen, and Jackson on your own.
Please come to the first class having read Ferrante’s Days of Abandonment.
Live Zoom Meeting.
6 Week Class Schedule
- Wednesday, September 16, 2020 | 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM | The Days of Abandonment, Elena Ferrante
- Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM | The Turn of the Screw, James
- Wednesday, September 30, 2020 | 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM | The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, McCullers
- Wednesday, October 07, 2020 | 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM | Passing, Larsen
- Wednesday, October 14, 2020 | 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM | Story of Your Life, Chiang
- Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM | We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Jackson
Price is per student. Class tuition is non-refundable.