Classics of Modern Short Fiction (In-Person)

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This course is a unique opportunity to study and discuss a variety of the seminal authors of the last two centuries by reading their short fiction. Led by writer, editor, and professor Joseph Reynolds, the seminar will be driven by open forum discussion and everyone will have the opportunity to articulate their perspective and debate a wide range of interpretations. Short fiction is the perfect opportunity to become familiar (or more familiar) with classic, important, and controversial writers without having to devote the time it takes to read and interpret a novel. It also allows us to study a much larger number of authors than we’d be able to a novel course. All of the works are publicly available by googling the titles. 


Wednesday, April 5

The Garden Party - Katherine Mansfield

Snows of Kilimanjaro - Hemingway


Tuesday, 4/11

The Dead - James Joyce

The Score - Stephanie Pushaw - this story can be found to the right under "Attachments". 


Tuesday, 4/18

The Swimmer - John Cheever

An Atheist Walks into a Temple - Payal Nagpal


Tuesday, 4/25

A Good Man is Hard to Find - Flannery O’Connor

Good People - David Foster Wallace 


Wednesday, 5/3

The Cheater’s Guide to Love - Junot Diaz

That Evening Sun - Faulkner


Wednesday, 5/10

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Fitzgerald