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*Cancelled* Brief Excursions in the World's Short Stories

Story telling is integral to the human condition, originally beginning with the spoken work and evolving into the written word. The short story is the small gem of literature, combining the narrative and character of the novel with the intense precision of poetry.  This course will examine a selection of the world's short-story masters ranging from 19th-Century authors to 20th-Century world writers to 21st-Century literary artists. The goal of the course is to reacquaint you with already beloved short-story writers, to introduce you to new experts in the art of short fiction, and, as George Saunders observes, to make "you come out a little more aware [of] and a little more in love with the world around you."

Instructor Bio:

Specializing in American literature of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Joan Frederick taught in the English Department at James Madison University for almost 40 years.

Required Reading:

Daley, James. The World's Greatest Short Stories (Dover Thrift Editions), 2006. I will distribute some class handouts of stories not included in Daley's edition. Although most of the short stories are available online, please do acquire the Dover edition so that we are all working with the same translations of works not originally written in English. It is available on Amazon for less than $6.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A605 Joan Frederick Sept 6, 13, 20, 27, Oct 4, 11 Th 10:00-11:30 a.m. The R. R. Smith Center A

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