This course is a continuation of the past three summers’ 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 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 (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. There will be a field trip to an ethnic restaurant, chosen by the class, which complements some of the readings, allowing students to allow to socialize and network outside the classroom.
Mary Ann Wilson
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