Short Story Club
The novel may reign supreme in the battle of literary genres, but lately the short story has been making itself known as a vital contemporary artform. The best short stories leave us with a strong emotional response and a sense of awe at how quickly and masterfully a deft writer can create a world and connect us to its characters. In this class, we’ll read an array of short stories from the early twentieth century to work published just last year, seeking to understand how genre and culture converge to shape the stories we tell and the way we tell them. Each week, I’ll provide a background for the author and any relevant historical/critical context, as well as a series of questions to guide this interactive, discussion-based course. Participation is encouraged but optional. See the syllabus below for readings—all reading materials will be provided to students, and each week’s reading is designed to take you no more than an hour to complete. Please read the first two stories before attending the first class. If you love book club, you’ll adore Short Story Club. Join our group!
Live Zoom Meeting.
6 Week Class Schedule:
Wednesday, April 14 | 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Jhumpa Lahiri, “A Temporary Matter”; Selena Anderson, “Godmother Tea”
Wednesday, April 21 | 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Willa Cather, “Paul’s Case”; J.D. Salinger, “For Esmé with Love And Squalor”
Wednesday, April 28 | 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Jamaica Kincaid, “Girl”; Haruki Murakami, “Kino”
Wednesday, May 05 | 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Alice Munro, “A Wilderness Station”; Flannery O'Connor, “The Lame Shall Enter First”
Wednesday, May 12 | 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Ray Bradbury, “A Sound of Thunder”; Tobias Wolff, “Bullet in the Brain”
Wednesday, May 19 | 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Toni Morrison, “Recitatif”; Souvankham Thammavongsa, “How to Pronounce Knife”
Price is per student. Class tuition is non-refundable.