The Modern Short Story: An International Perspective, Part 4
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Osher (50+). This course is a continuation of the reading and discussion of short stories by a wide variety of international writers. The suggested text is The Art of the Tale: An International Anthology of Short Stories.
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This course is a continuation of reading and discussion of short stories by a wide variety of international writers. The suggested text for this class 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 twenty-one 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 (Moravia, Oates, O’Conner, Updike), but also others one may encounter for the first time or have heard of and have intended to read—Mercè Rodoreda (Spain), Mohan Rakesh (India), Peter Taylor (USA), Saadat Hasan Manto (Pakistan)—offering an opportunity to expand one’s literary horizons. Themes include loss, alienation, feminism, family dysfunction, political displacement, exile, sexual awakening, and others.