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Novella (The) | Livestream Zoom

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Course Description:

This story form, longer than a short story, but shorter than a novel, has been with us since the 14th century. It typically delivers powerful, condensed story lines that focus on a small number of well-developed characters. These stories are meticulously controlled, yet they ask us to entertain some of the world's broadest questions. We'll read six novellas for this course, beginning with "Bartleby, The Scrivener" (Melville 1853); then moving on to "The Metamorphosis" (Kafka 1915); "House on Mango Street" (Cisneros 1983); "Such Small Hands" (Barba 2008); "Beside the Sea" (Olmi 2012); and, "Home" (Morrison 2013). The novella is a form enjoyed by writers from around the world; our stories emerge from the United States, France, Spain, and Czechoslovakia.


Tuition: $65.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Fridays, Oct. 14, 21, 28; Dec. 2, 9, 16 *10:00am – noon* (6 sessions)


Course will meet via Zoom and will NOT be recorded or available for viewing later. A Zoom link will be emailed to each participant prior to the class session.


Renée Curry, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus in the School of Humanities and Communication at CSUMB.