M103 | The Short Story: Tales of Books and Libraries, Readers and Reading


11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST

In Person at BCC

1/23, 1/30, 2/6,
2/13, 2/27, 3/6

Six Sessions

Limit 25 Participants

This course will explore six stories about fiction itself. Several of the stories are set in libraries, where librarians organize, guard, and promote knowledge in the form of books. Two satirize the ways we react to the social values reinforced through fiction. All the stories reveal the benefits of imagining the world turned upside-down, as fiction so often does. As the stories deliberately draw our attention to fiction itself, we will see how they affect us artistically, psychologically, and politically, and experience even more pleasure in reading as a result!

SUGGESTED READING: Copies of the six short stories will be available prior to or at the first class meeting. Jorge Luis Borges, “The Library of Babel”; Italo Calvino, “A General in the Library”; Charles W. Chestnutt, “Baxter’s Procrustes”; Julio Cortazar, “A Continuity of Parks”; Ellen Klages, “The House of the Seven Librarians”; and Virginia Woolf, “A Society.”

Elizabeth Young earned an MSW at Springfield College and a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan. Dr. Young is a Psychotherapist and was an English professor at California State University, Long Beach 1989-2006.

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