We will read and discuss three classics, Beowulf, King Lear, and Jane Eyre, paired with 20th century works, Grendel, A Thousand Acres, and Wide Sargasso Sea, that play upon and present a new perspective on the original plots. John Gardner tells the story from Grendel’s point of view, Jane Smiley recreates the story of Lear […]
We will read and discuss some of the most outstanding plays of the twentieth century, including Sartre’s No Exit, Becket’s Waiting for Godot, Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, Shaffer’s Equus, and Edson’s Wit.
Local short-story writer Dave Sylvester hosts a lively and informal discussion of the short story form that examines how authors handle structural elements such as plot, character, point-of-view, and theme in their writing. Each week we will read and discuss two (sometimes three) stories by well-known (and some lesser known!) contemporary masters of the form. […]