10 am – Noon
The American short story has developed and changed considerably over the past 150 years. We will survey American short story writing from its beginnings in the mid-nineteenth century. We will read and discuss stories by such classic writers as Faulkner, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald, and contemporary masters including Joyce Carol Oates, Richard Ford, T.C. Boyle, and Junot Diaz. For the first session, please read “Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe, “Paradise of Bachelors, Tartarus of Maids” and “Bartelby” by Herman Melville, “Wives of the Dead” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, “Cannibalism in the Cars” by Mark Twain, and “The Little Regiment” by Stephen Crane.
Gary Millman is an independent scholar who has taught Newberry seminars on Herman Melville, Vladimir Nabokov, and Thomas Pynchon.
Oxford Book of American Short Stories (2nd edition). Ed. Joyce Carol Oates. Oxford University Press, 2012. ISBN: 0199744394
This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.
Seven sessions, $180