F410 Fall 2018 Great American Short Stories
Thursdays, 9:40–11:05, Sept. 20–Nov. 8
Instructor: Cameron Menchel
In this course we’ll read a handful of stories from The Best Short Stories of The Century selected by John Updike in the late 1990s. The short story form offers many unique pleasures, including the chance to experience a great writer in a highly compressed form. We’ll take a look at authors as different as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Flannery O’Connor, and Philip Roth. In each class we’ll discuss a single story (or possibly two if they’re very short), why they work, how they’re built, and what they have to say about love, fear, longing, war, language, injustice, and so much else in the American century.
Cameron Menchel attended the College of William and Mary, from which he received a BA in English and received honors in his major for a thesis on Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. He is interested in pursuing graduate study in literature and is delighted to have the opportunity to teach at OLLI in the meantime.