The Modern Short Story: An International Perspective, Part 3

GENINT 711.315

Osher (50+). In this course, we continue reading short stories by international authors.


About this course:

A continuation of reading and discussion of short stories by a wide variety of international writers. The suggested text is the distinguished, highly regarded poet/editor Daniel Halpern’s classic collection, The Art of the Tale: An International Anthology of Short Stories. Writers from 21 countries offer stories that are sad, happy, wistful, poignant, satirical, disturbing, and humorous; yet underscore the complex circumstances and multiple vagaries of the human condition. Included are familiar names—Achebe, Carver, Borges, Mahfuz, and Oates—but also others one may encounter for the first time—Tommaso Landolfi (Italy), Wolfgang Borchert (Germany), Abdelslam Boulaich (Morocco), and Mercè Rodoreda (Spain)—offering an opportunity to expand one’s literary horizons. Themes include loss, alienation, feminism, family dysfunction, political displacement, exile, sexual awakening, and others.

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