The Modern Short Story: An International Perspective
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Osher (50+). In this course, we read and discuss international short stories.
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A reading and discussion of approximately 40 short stories from a classic collection of international stories edited by the distinguished editor/poet/publishing executive Daniel Halpern, The Art of the Tale: An International Anthology of Short Stories. Included are familiar names such as Achebe, Baldwin, Carver, and Kundera; and some not so familiar such as Boulaich, Buzzati, Hildeshimer, and Landolfi. Themes include modernity vs. tradition; alienation, feminism, post-colonial identity, political displacement, exile, racism, immigration, homosexuality, and others. The instructor provides suggested study questions for each week’s readings a week beforehand and shares his PowerPoint presentation with students after the week’s stories have been discussed. A class luncheon will be held at a local restaurant on an agreed-upon date selected by students to allow mixing and networking in a non-classroom atmosphere.