Classical Short Stories

OSH 561 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English

Course Description:

We will explore the beauty and mechanics of the short story in the hands of the masters. A short story can be an exploration of a mood, a journey through a range of emotions, or an in-depth breakdown of a singular event or decision. The best of short stories can evoke artistry of storytelling akin to poetry.  Three stories will be chosen for each class, either by the same author or by different authors with a similar theme. A lively discussion is a central part of the class. The goal is to come away with a greater appreciation and enjoyment of these marvelous writers. Biographical information on each writer will be presented, as will the context of the writer’s time and place.

Required Text: 100 Great Short Stories (Dover Thrift Editions) James Daley (Editor) Kindle: $6.02; Paperback: $11.49 (new) 

Week 1  Nathaniel Hawthorne- Stories: Young Goodman Brown (1835); The Minister’s Black Veil (1836) – Not in Book - Instructor will provide; Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment (1837).

Week 2  Herman Melville – Stories: The Fiddler (1854); The Lightning-Rod Man (1854); Bartleby, the Scrivener (1856) - Not in Book - Instructor will provide.

Week 3  Mark Twain – Stories: Journalism in Tennessee (1869); The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County (1875). A Literary Nightmare (1876).

Week 4  Kate Chopin – Stories:  Dèsirèe’s Baby (1893), A Pair of Silk Stockings (1897), The Storm (1898).

Week 5  Guy de Maupassant – Stories: The Necklace (1884), Hautot and his Son (1889) - Not in Book - Instructor will provide, A Piece of String (1903).

Week 6  Franz Kafka – Stories: The Judgment (1916), A Country Doctor (1919), A Hunger Artist (1922).


Instructor: Ms. Ronnie Londner


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This course is available as part of the following:

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Courses
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all OLLI at UM fall courses will be taught remotely, via Zoom.

OLLI 2020-2021 Membership is required to take this course and will be added to your cart upon enrollment. If you already have purchased a membership, you will not be charged for this membership.
OLLI 2020-2021 Membership Added to cart upon enrollment.
Starts: 8/1/2020 Ends: 7/31/2021