Sep 15

Short Story Club (8 Week Online Course)

Laura Richardson

Frank R. Stockton’s famous short story, “The Lady, or the Tiger?” presents a judicial system based on chance. A man accused of a crime must choose between two doors in a trial that’s reminiscent of Colosseum battles. Behind one door: a woman he must then marry. Behind the other door: a tiger. Stockton’s story opens with this premise and then continues, in a variety of clever ways, to ask readers to engage with the unknown. Good short stories often make this request of us. While novels can provide us with every piece of Chex a character ate for breakfast, short stories often revolve around what’s not said—what’s left out, mysterious, and undetermined. In this class, we’ll read “The Lady, or the Tiger?” as a kind of urtext for “engaging with the unknown” in modern and contemporary short fiction. In the process, we’ll encounter secrets from the past, haunting mythologies, battles of the will, great losses, and great discoveries.

Each week, we’ll discuss two short stories. I’ll give a background for the authors and any relevant historical/critical context, as well as a series of questions to guide our interactive, discussion-based course. (Participation is encouraged but optional.) 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. If you love book club, you’ll adore Short Story Club. Join our group of dedicated short story enthusiasts!

Online Zoom Meeting.
(Limited to 20 students)

Theme: Engaging with the unknown

Eight Week Schedule:
Wednesday, September 15 | 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Frank R. Stockton, “The Lady, or the Tiger?”
Jorge Luis Borges, “The Aleph”

Wednesday, September 22 | 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Bryan Washington, “Visitor”
Morgan Thomas, “Bump”

Wednesday, September 29 | 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
NK Jemisin, “Cuisine des Mémoires”
Neil Gaiman, “Chivalry”

Wednesday, October 06 | 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Philip Roth, “The Conversion of the Jews”
Roland Watson-Grant, “The Disappearance of Mumma Dell”

Wednesday, October 13 | 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Kazuo Ishiguro, “A Village after Dark”
Edith Pearlman, “The Story”

Wednesday, October 20 | 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Doris Lessing, “Through the Tunnel”
Sarah Thankam Mathews, “Rubberdust”

Wednesday, October 27 | 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Kirsten Valdez Quade, “Nemecia”
Tiphanie Yanique, “The Special World”

Wednesday, November 03 | 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Amy Hempel, “In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson Is Buried”
Percival Everett, “Graham Greene”



Class Tuition

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Price is per student. Class tuition is non-refundable.