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October 18, 2021 - November 22, 2021
Monday, 6:30 PM ET (12 course hours)
Anyone who believes that short stories differ from novels only in length has never read a great short story. During the past 12 years, this course has remained extremely popular, with many of the same great authors, but different stories. In this fall’s course, we will enjoy works by Anton Chekhov, Guy de Maupassant, Kate Chopin, D.H. Lawrence, Edgar Allen Poe, James Joyce, O’ Henry, Katherine Mansfield, Mark Twain and others. Discussions will focus on character, plot, theme, setting, and atmosphere as well as historical/cultural contexts, but, above all, on artistry.
Session 1 10/18/21
Introduction: Ingredients in a Short Story. “Last Train to Rosemont” by Susan Richards Shreve (to be given out online).
“Appointment in Samarra” by Somerset Maugham (to be given out online)
“Squire Patrick’s Lady” by Thomas Hardy
Session 2 10.25/21
“A Malefactor” by Anton Chekhov, “The Broken Boot” by John Galsworthy,
“The Necklace” by Guy De Maupassant
Theme: Class Differences
Session 3 11/1/21
”Desiree’s Baby” by Kate Chopin
“Second Best” by D.H. Lawrence
“The Masque of the Red Death” by E.A. Poe
Theme: Arrogance and Hypocrisy
Session 4 11/8/21
“A Pair of Silk Stockings” by Kate Chopin
“Eveline” by James Joyce
“Gooseberries” by Anton Chekhov
Theme: A Life of Dreams
Session 5 11/15/21
“Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne
“The Selfish Giant” by Oscar Wilde
“The Gift of the Magi” by O’ Henry
Theme: Religious Symbolism
Session 6 11/22/21
“The Lightening Rod Man” by Herman Melville
“The Notorious Jumping Frog” by Mark Twain
“Germans at Meat” by Katherine Mansfield
Theme: Humor and Gullibility
Text: 100 Great Short Stories, James Daley, editor, Dover Thrift Edition OR in other collections you may already own OR online and you can print them out.
About the Instructor
Lynne Agress, PhD., has taught at Johns Hopkins University, Smith, and Goucher Colleges, and the University of Maryland. She was president of BWB-Business and Legal Writing, Inc. and still conducts writing and editing workshops for companies. She is the author of THE FEMININE IRONY and WORKING WITH WORDS, as well as numerous articles in magazines and newspapers. For the past 10 years, she has been writing opinion pieces for THE BALTIMORE SUN.
Tuition Remission and Refund Policies
Full-time JHU faculty/staff, their spouses or same-sex domestic partners, JHU retirees and their spouses or same-sex domestic partners are eligible for tuition remission. The tuition remission form is required. All tuition remission forms and details on eligibility can be found here and should be returned to email@example.com.
After registration, tuition remission eligibility will be confirmed by the Odyssey registrar. If eligibility cannot be confirmed, you will be required to pay full tuition for the course. Under the terms of the University’s remission program, Hopkins employees must withdraw in writing at least five working days before the first class to receive a 100% refund. No partial refunds are given to JHU employees and affiliates.
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