Carried Away: The Fiction of Alice Munro (Wednesday)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Wednesdays, June 18 – July 9

 2 – 4 pm

This class is full. A new, Thursday section has been added!
Led by Joyce Goldenstern

Short story conventions will indeed be “carried away” as we discuss eight stories by the 2013 Nobel Prize winner and contemporary Canadian author Alice Munro. A master of the short story form, Munro forces us to reexamine our expectations of the short story: its sense of time, its developmental arc, its authority. Through lively discussions of her work, we will place Munro within a larger literary context and most importantly, enjoy her compelling stories. Please read “Walker Brothers Cowboy” and “The Ottawa Valley” for the first session.

Joyce Goldenstern has taught literature and writing for over twenty years in Chicago and is currrently an English instructor at Dominican University. She has been teaching at the Newberry since 1997.

Note: A second, Thursday section has been added due to demand. It will cover the same content as the original Wednesday class.

Materials List

Required Books:

  • Selected Stories, 1968-1994 by Alice Munro (paperback edition). Vintage Books. ISBN-13: 978-0679766742
  • Runaway by Alice Munro (paperback edition). Vintage Books. ISBN-13: 978-1400077915

Readings for the First Session:

  • Two short stories from Selected Stories: “Walker Brothers Cowboy” and “Ottawa Valley”

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and registration information: 

Four sessions, $160.
This class is full and online registration has closed. Please call (312) 255-3700 to be added to the wait list.