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    writing seminar

    Fairy Tales, Fantasy and Short Fiction
    Fall 2009
    T-Th 11:30 - 12:50 (D42)

    Laura Stevenson

    Fairy TaleThere is more to “short fiction” than the short story, and this class is concerned with all forms of short fiction. We will read fables,“folk” fairy tales, selections from Boccaccio’s Decameron and Basile’s Pentamerone, literary fairy tales of the Romantic era, and finally some modern tales by Dinesen, Borges, Calvino, Malamud, and Bradbury. We will discuss the effects of writing upon a genre originally oral, the effects of “gentrification” of fairy tales, and the use of fiction in exploring psychology and subverting social norms. The stories studied this semester will provide essential background for Fundamentals of Fiction Writing in future semesters.
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