2. The American Short Story – Mike Carran




5 weeks, Tuesdays, 9:00-11:00, Feb 1-Mar 1 Zoom only-limited attendance.
The modern short story is often credited to Edgar Allen Poe who argued that a short story should be brief enough to be finished in one sitting and should have one effect. We will be reading and discussing three short stories for each class except the first and last class. Each of the short stories is available on-line without charge and most can be read in 15-20 minutes. The class will be primarily discussion oriented with an exploration of both the form and the function of each work through a series of discussion questions provided by the instructor.

Mike Carran taught literature at both the high school and college level. This will be the sixth ILR class he’s taught. He has a Master’s degree in English.