Short Story Club
Headless horsemen! Black cats! Revenge among the catacombs! The American short story tradition was born in spookiness - from Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to Edgar Allan Poe’s tales of mystery and horror. This course will celebrate creepy, eerie, sinister, uncanny, and truly spine-tingling short stories. We’ll begin in those early years in the mid-nineteenth century, tracing a spooky evolution through the works they inspired throughout the twenty and twenty-first centuries, focusing mainly on the American tradition but including a few international works. In this pursuit, we’ll learn about the genre of gothic fiction, seeking to understand how this rich aesthetic has persisted from its origins and into contemporary literature.
Each week, Laura Richardson will 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.
This class will be held onsite at WIH and simulcast via Zoom.
Six Week Course Schedule | Wednesdays
Sep 14 | 1:30 PM
Sep 21 | 1:30 PM
Sep 28 | 1:30 PM
Oct 05 | 1:30 PM
Oct 12 | 1:30 PM
Oct 19 | 1:30 PM
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Price is per student. Class tuition is non-refundable.