American Women and the Short Story post-1945 Part 2

Ref: C2228514

This course aims to provide students with an introduction to four key American women engaged in short story writing in the immediate aftermath of 1945. Students can expect to gain a brief overview of the lives and works of Eudora Welty, Ann Petry, Margaret St. Clair, and Tillie Olsen, and understand how their contribution to literature helped to shape the cultural output of the latter half of the twentieth-century. These sessions focus on key short stories by Eudora Welty ('A Worn Path'), Ann Petry ('Like A Winding Sheet'), Margaret St. Clair ('The Perfectionist'), and Tillie Olsen ('I Stand Here Ironing').

Course aim

This course aims to provide an introduction to five key American women engaged in short story writing in the immediate aftermath of WW2: Eudora Welty, Ann Petry, Margaret St. Clair, and Tillie Olsen.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers
  • Complete pre-course reading, which can be found on the 'Modules' tab on your Canvas course page.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Establish a basic knowledge of the American women experimenting with the short story form in the immediate aftermath of 1945.
  • Illustrate a basic understanding of how to approach and analyse a short story using terms such as structure, style, and language.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of these writers' contribution to American post-war literature.
  • Develop the confidence to offer opinions and interpretations in a class setting.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Free PDF copies of the short stories we will be working with each week, which can be found on the 'Modules' tab on your Canvas course page.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

American Women and the Short Story post-1945 Part 2

Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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