Short fiction, a relatively new art form developed at the end of the 19th century, is a difficult genre that allows the writer only a small space to recreate the fullness and wonder of life. What makes a story tick? What means does an author use to elicit our laughter or tears? By carefully examining stories penned by diverse writers from different parts of the world, we’ll gain some insights.
Writers whose art and biographies we’ll discuss include Mavis Gallant, Alice Munro, Ingeborg Bachmann, Guy de Maupassant, Gustave Flaubert and others.
Note: Back by popular demand, from fall 2018. This course involves required reading.
Please note that enrollment in this course is reserved for adults 55+.