Masterpieces of Short Fiction

Author(s): Michael Krasny
Series: Great Courses
Genre: Language Arts
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (12.22 hours)
Product Number: Z100104927
Released: Sep 07, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781682765319
Narrator/s: Michael Krasny
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More than simply a shorter version of the novel, the short story is a unique and rewarding literary form in itself. It offers a world in miniature faithfully captured by the author's mastery of character, plot, setting, image, and theme. The time it takes to read a short story may be brief, but its impact lasts much longer. Short story writers see by the light of the flash," says author and Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer. "Theirs is the art of the only thing that one can be sure of - the present moment." These 24 lectures guide you deep into 23 renowned works written by some of the acknowledged masters of the genre, illuminating the remarkable variety, breathtaking artistry, and profound themes to be found in such miniature masterpieces as Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown," Isaac Babel's "My First Goose," Ernest Hemingway's "The Killers," Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery," and more. Using examples from the stories themselves, Professor Krasny illuminates each author's virtuosic development of character, plot, setting, imagery, theme, and language. As you progress through the course, you hone your ability to recognize and assess these elements.

Professional reviews

"In these 24 lectures, Professor Michael Krasny shares his deep love and understanding of the short story tradition in Western culture. He starts with Poe and moves through time to Raymond Carver and Margaret Atwood. The last lecture provides an overview, but each early lecture focuses on a single short story. Krasny often reads portions of the stories, sometimes delivering single lines more than once to emphasize the rhythm or poetry of these select bits. The lectures are exceptionally well structured--clearly, honed through years of classroom teaching--and delivered in a friendly voice at a leisurely pace. Krasny provides snippets of biographical data to supplement his close readings of the stories, often delivering them as casual-sounding asides. G.T.B. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"

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