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The Short Story: Coming of Age

Baudelaire says that “genius is … childhood recaptured,” and without question, some of our most important fiction—from Twain to Salinger to Harper Lee—is rendered through the eyes of younger protagonists. In this course, read a variety of moving literary short stories by writers from diverse backgrounds and regions, including John Updike, Alice Munro, Mavis Gallant, Ernest Hemingway, Jamaica Kincaid, and Junot Díaz. Explore powerful tales on such issues as family and belonging, authority and independence, and tradition versus rebellion through characters who transcend their age group and capture the universal struggle to understand one’s place in the world.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Increased cultural literacy
  • Familiarity with masterpieces of American short fiction

Ideal for

  • The curious and creative
  • Professionals who use critical thinking
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