Object Lessons: The Paris Review Presents the Art of the Short Story

GENINT 721.555

Osher (50+). In this course, we read several selections from The Paris Review American literally journal, discuss their rationales, and share our own opinions about what constitutes a successful short story.

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What you can learn.

  • Read classic American fiction critically
  • Discuss author rationales
  • Identify important stories and themes from short stories

About this course:

Since its founding in 1953, The Paris Review, which Time Magazine calls “America’s greatest literary journal,” has been a laboratory for new fiction. The editors have never believed that there was one single way to write a story. They’ve never espoused a movement or school or observed a word limit. Their belief is that every good story writes its own rules and solves problems of its own devising. In the Review’s new book, Object Lessons: The Paris Review Presents The Art of The Short Story, twenty masters of the genre present a story from the archives and describe the key to its success as a work of fiction, featuring authors such as Joy Williams, Leonard Michaels, Jorge Luis Borges, Raymond Carver, Denis Johnson, and Steven Millhauser. In this course, we read several selections, discuss their rationales, and share our own opinions about what constitutes a successful short story. The book used in class is Object Lessons: The Paris Review Presents the Art of the Short Story

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