What Makes Short Stories Great

GENINT 721.605

Osher (50+). In this course, we read and discuss classic short stories from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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In this course, we examine some of the classic short stories by nineteenth- and twentieth-century writers from America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Western Europe. The collection includes Herman Melville’s “Bartleby the Scrivener,” James Joyce’s “Araby,” Chekhov’s “The Lady with the Toy Dog,” Franz Kafka’s “A Hunger Artist,” and sixteen more from writers “whose writing style is as diverse as Hemingway’s and Pirandello’s.” The overarching question is why these particular stories by these particular authors have grasped the minds and hearts of readers throughout the world, the essence of their seemingly timeless appeal—no matter how often we read and reread the stories—a single question with a multitude of simple and complex answers. Text: The World’s Greatest Short Stories: Selections from Hemingway, Tolstoy, Woolf, Chekhov, Joyce, Updike, and more.

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