Six Days of Short Stories with Claire Keegan

An exploration of the short story over six Saturdays

WEEK ONE

family

March 21: Four Russian Stories

1. “The Overcoat” by Gogol, translated by Constance Garnett.

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2. “Kasyan from the Beautiful Lands” by Ivan Turgenev, translated by Constance Garnett. Text

3. “Family Happiness” by Leo Tolstoy, translated by Constance Garnett. PDF

4. “Gusev” by Anton Chekhov, translated by Constance Garnett. Text

WEEK TWO

lawrence

March 28: Classics

1 “An Adventure in Paris” by Guy de Maupassant.

2. “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce.

3. “The Horsedealer’s Daughter” by D.H. Lawrence.

4. “The Garden Party” by Katherine Mansfield.

Stories 1–4 are published in The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction edited by Richard Bausch and R.V. Cassill. Shorter, 8th edition.

WEEK THREE

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April 4: Four American Stories

1. “I Want to Know Why” by Sherwood Anderson.

2. “The Chrysanthemums” by John Steinbeck.

3. “A Worn Path” by Eudora Welty.

4. “The Man Who Was Almost a Man” by Richard Wright.

Stories 1–4 are published in The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction edited by Richard Bausch and R.V. Cassill. Shorter, 8th edition.

WEEK FOUR

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April 11: Five Irish Stories

1. “The Girl and the Sailor” (a folktale).

2. “The Faithless Wife” by Sean O’Faolain.

3. “The Majesty of the Law” by Frank O’Connor.

4. “Irish Revel” by Edna O’Brien.

5. “Midnight Blue” by Elaine Walsh.

Stories 1–4 may be found in The Oxford Book of Irish Short Stories, edited by William Trevor. We may also discuss Trevor’s introduction to the anthology.

WEEK FIVE

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April 18: Four Canadian Stories

1. “Royal Beatings” by Alice Munro.

2. “The Ice Wagon Going Down the Street” by Mavis Gallant.

3. “The Island” by Alistair MacLeod.

4. “Death by Landscape” by Margaret Atwood.

Stories 1, 2 and 4 are published in The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction edited by Richard Bausch and R.V. Cassill. Shorter, 8th edition.

WEEK SIX

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April 25: Stories from Elsewhere

1. “The White Horse” by Yasunari Kawabata.

2. “Signs and Symbols” by Vladimir Nabokov.

3. “The Management of Grief” by Bharati Mukherjee.

4. “Gimpel the Fool” by Isaac Bashevis Singer.

Stories 1–4 are published in The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction edited by Richard Bausch and R.V. Cassill. Shorter, 8th edition.

All lectures will be held at the Carmelite Community Centre, 56 Aungier Street, Dublin City Centre from 10am to 5pm on Saturdays.

Participants are welcome to either book into the full six-week course for 780 euro tuition or pay 150 per day. To book, please contact clairekeeganfictionclinic@gmail.com

Anyone with an interest in short stories is welcome to attend.

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