Contemporary Issues in Short Stories from the New Yorker
The short story has always been a popular literary genre, especially in the United States. Very often, stories can be read in newspapers like The Saturday Evening Post, or magazines, like The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Ladies Home Journal, Redbook…, before they are collected in book form or integrated into novels. Focusing on the short story as a genre and on its form, this class is intended to introduce students to a variety of writers whose stories whose stories came out in the American magazine, the New Yorker between 1962 and 2018. It will enable students to ponder on themes such as the ordinary, human relationships, gender relations, communication... and on specific modes (the gothic, the fantastic...).
The short stories will be included in a reader that will be handed out during the first class.
- John Cheever, “Reunion,” 1962, The Stories of John Cheever (New York: Knopf, 1978).
- Elizabeth Spencer, “The Fishing Lake,” 1964, The Stories of Elizabeth Spencer (New York: Doubleday, 1981).
- Ann Beattie, “A Vintage Thunderbird,” 1978, Secrets and Surprises (New York: Random House, 1978).
- Bobbie Ann Mason, “Shiloh,” 1980, Shiloh and Other Stories (New York: Harper and Row, 1982).
- Raymond Carver, “Where I’m Calling From,” 1982, Cathedral (New York: Knopf, 1983).
- Jamaica Kincaid, “Gwen,” 1984, Annie John (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1985).
- Mary Gaitskill, “Turgor,” 1995, Because They Wanted To (New York: Simon & Shuster, 1997).
- Jhumpa Lahiri, “Nobody’s Business,” 2001, Unaccustomed Earth (New York: Knopf, 2008).
- Joyce Carol Oates, “Spider Boy,” 2004, High Lonesome: Selected Stories 1966-2006 (New York: Ecco, 2006).
10. Jonathan Safran Foer, “Here We Aren’t So Quickly,” 2010.
11. Nicole Krauss, “The Young Painters,” 2010.
12. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, “Aphrodisiac,” 2011.
13. Alice Munro, “Leaving Maverley,” 2011, Dear Life (New York: Random House, 2013).
14. Don DeLillo, “Sine Cosine Tangent,” 2016.
15. Richard Ford, “Displaced,” 2018.
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