The Nineteenth Century Russian Short Story: An Analysis and Close Reading (in person)

Course Leader(s)
Day of Week: Tuesday
Course Length: 6 weeks
Starting: 02/27/2024
Ending: 04/02/2024
Period of Day: Period 2 In-Person
Time: 11:30 - 1:00
Course Fee: $60

Course Description:

This course will attempt to replicate a course given by George Saunders at Syracuse University as described in his book A Swim in a Pond in The Rain. As he describes it, it is a course “in which four Russians give a master class on writing, reading, and life.” This involves a close reading of each of seven stories followed by discussion on the various aspects of what makes a good short story. Class members should purchase the book, but NOT read it until the course gets underway. If time remains, we will read a contemporary short story (TBD) and apply to it what we have learned.  We will read the short story together, if short; at home before class if long. There will be some lecture on an aspect of short story writing, intermingled with discussion from the class.  For longer short stories, prep time will be perhaps an hour.

Please note that the sixth class takes place on April 2 during the break week.

Books and Other Resources:

A Swim in the Pond in the Rain, George Saunders, Random House, 2021

Course Leader Bio(s)

Carole Levy

I am a long-time member of LLAIC, having taken and presented classes since its inception. My former life experience included teaching high school English and history. Some of the classes I have led at LLAIC include courses on Israeli history and literature, the books of Philip Roth, books that have sparked social change and lately Great Decisions courses on foreign policy from the Foreign Policy Association. I have a B.A. from Penn State University, and a Masters from the Heller School of Brandeis University. And now I am so enjoying this phase of my life where I get to lead a class of very smart adults with vast life experiences.