Humans are a story telling animal. We seem to need them to make sense of ourselves. In this course we'll read short stories from some of the world famous masters and innovators of the form (e.g. Chekhov, D.H. Lawrence, Gogol, Heinrich von Kleist, Mishima, Verga) to a sampling of contemporary writers (Lucia Berlin, Dagoberto Gilb, Junot Diaz, Aimee Bender, Gunnhild Oyehaug). The readings in this course vary in tone, style, theme, language, and degrees of realism, surrealism, magic realism, and absurdism. Students will write carefully crafted responses to stories as well as short stories of their own.
Lucia Berlin, A Manual for Cleaning Women Picador
Anton Chekhov, Forty Stories paperback, Vintage
Dagoberto Gilb, Magic of Blood Grove Press
Junot Diaz, Drown Riverhead
Bob Blaisdell, ed., Great Love Stories Dover
Aimee Bender, The Girl in the Flammable Skirt Anchor
Gunnhild Oyehaug, Knots Picador