(24h in 12 sessions)
This spring we are dedicating twenty four hours to twenty four short stories which have, in one way or another, left an indisputable mark on English literature and contributed to the way we read fiction today. Over the course of three months, we will read fascinating stories which tackle nearly every aspect of human existence with the setting shifting from a small Irish village to a Canadian residential home. Written between 1914 and 2014, these literary gems range from a fifty-page novella to a single paragraph story, all the way from the modernist canon to the cult authors of postmodernism and contemporary fiction. Participants will be given critical, theoretical and close-reading tools in order to get the most out of this exhilarating literary roller coaster.
By the end of this course:
- you will have a better grasp of the history and the evolution of the short story in English,
- you will develop close-reading tools and a critical perspective to be able to approach any text,
- you will revisit some well-known authors and get to know new and emerging voices,
- you will have a better understanding of the form having analyzed narrative structure, subject, voice and character on various examples.
Who is this course for?
- Avid readers of novels who want to extend their knowledge of literature and short story in general.
- Writers working on their own stories wanting to analyze and discuss different approaches to writing short fiction.
- Anglophiles and English students who want to expand their vocabulary and enrich their English through extensive reading and class discussions.
- Anyone with an honest craving for good fiction.
- James Joyce: The Dead (1914)
- Katherine Mansfield: The Garden Party (1922)
- Ernest Hemingway: A Clean, Well-Lighted Place (1933)
- Carson McCullers: Wunderkind (1936)
- Katherine Anne Porter: Noon Wine (1937)
- J. D. Salinger: A Perfect Day for Bananafish (1948)
- Eudora Welty: Moon Lake (1949)
- Flannery O’Connor: A Good Man is Hard to Find (1955)
- James Purdy: About Jessie Mae (1957)
- Philip Roth: Defender of the Faith (1959)
- John Cheever: The Swimmer (1964)
- Grace Paley: A Conversation With My Father (1972)
- Donald Barthelme: The School (1974)
- Cynthia Ozick: The Shawl (1980)
- Raymond Carver: Cathedral (1983)
- Margaret Atwood: Loulou or The Domestic Life of the Language (1983)
- Edna O’Brien: The Widow (1989)
- Lorrie Moore: Dance in America (1993)
- Lucia Berlin: Mama (1995)
- Lydia Davis: Five Stories from Almost No Memory (1997)
- D. F. Wallace: Forever Overhead (1999)
- Alice Munro: The Bear Came Over the Mountain (1999)
- Robert Coover: Going for a Beer (2011)
- Lauren Groff: At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners (2014)
The Course Reader will be provided as a PDF file once you have registered for the course.
*It is possible to pay in two monthly instalments. If you prefer this method, please complete your registration in person at the school. You can opt for bank transfer, credit card payment or cash.