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Great Short Stories

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ClassGraphic As Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff wrote in The New York Times, "A short story is by definition an odder, more eccentric creature than a novel; a trailer, a fling, a warm-up act, a bouillon cube, a championship game in one inning. Irresolution and ambiguity become it; it's a first date rather than a marriage. When is it mightier than the novel? When its elisions speak as loudly as its lines." If you enjoy reading fiction and want to explore the succinctness of the short story, join this study group. The very brevity of the form invites lively discussion and differing interpretations of the material. This study group gives a brief but fascinating introduction to a variety of authors. Each study group member acts as discussion leader for one or two stories of their choice, and also shares a concise biography of the story's author. Two anthologies serve as texts. The Best Short Stories 2022, edited by Valeria Luiselli with Jenny Minton Quigley (Anchor Books, 2022), contains short stories published in 2021. The Penguin Book of the Modern American Short Story, edited by John Freeman (Penguin Books, 2022), contains short stories written between 1970 and 2020.

Class Details

14 Session(s)
Weekly - Mon

Wieboldt Hall

MultipleInstructor :
1.Julia Katz2.Alan Goldberg 



Schedule Information

Skip dates: (No class on 05/29/2023)

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
3/6/2023 - 6/12/2023 Weekly - Mon 09:45 AM - 11:45 AM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map Alan Goldberg  ; Julia Katz 
/*NOV 14 2020*/