2. TITLE OF COURSE:Short Stories From Near and Far.
3. COURSE DESCRIPTION:. This is a reading and discussion format. Participants (usually 20 thoughfewer would be better) are asked to read the
assigned story of the
week, to note and write down their initial impression,
and then to REREAD
the story and note changes in perspective and specific
reactions to parts of
the story that precipitated emotional reaction or
memories. As older people,
they have remarkably interesting and relevant
responses since they have
a considerable range of experience and
information to frame their
readings,and regularly have relevant and discussable
contributions to make. The task of the group leaders
is to help focus the resulting discussion,
using such short story
title, first paragraph, last
colorttheme+rhythm socio-historical setting and a volunteer
prepares a brief
background on the author.4. COURSE MEETING TIMES Number
of Weeks: 10
Total Number of Sessions: 10
Hours per session:
1hour and 25 minutes
REQUIRED TEXT:No required text. Copies are found online or distributed
6. STUDY GROUP LEADER AND BRIEF BIOGRAPHY:
Study group leaders are Harriet Kahn, MEd (a retired Preschool Director and Richard Kahn, MD
psychiatrist), this being our 14" course using
this overall format.7. SGL CONTACT INFORMATION: (Optional)
GIVEN AT:Brandeis, BOLL1 Program
Please submit OPTIONAL / ADDITIONAL
INFORMATION Stories assighed 1. Andre Dubus, "A Father's Story"
2. Elizabeth Strout,
3. William Trevor, "Lunch in Winter "
4. Anton Chekhov,
"Darlin 5. Cynthia Ozick, "Save My Child 6. Raymond Carver,
7. To be announced (probably a story by Yiyun Li with a
Scholar guest discussant)
8. Alistair McLeod, "The Vastness
of the Dark" and
James Joyce, "Eveline"
9. James Baldwin, "Sonny's
10. Leslea Newman, "A Letter to Report Subjects: Authors' backgrounds.Related Resources: GOOGLE, but aRer the REREADING.Discussion Questions: Purposely not provided by SGLs.
Regularly provided by participants.SGL Preparation resources GOOGLE, and many excellent short
story collections easily available.