Professor Menand will lead guide a close reading of five stories by five writers, exploring the following ways of approaching a story: as an autotelic verbal construction, a work of art; as a participant in the dialogics of literary history, a commentary on the tradition to which it belongs; and as a window on its time, an artifact. The stories: Henry James, “The Figure in the Carpet”; Rudyard Kipling, “Mrs. Bathurst”; Donald Barthelme, “Robert Kennedy Saved from Drowning”; John Updike, “Transaction”; and Ann Beattie, “Vermont”.
Seminar Leader, LOUIS MENAND, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of English and American Literature and Language, Harvard University
STIPENDS AND EXPENSES: Participation in an institute carries a stipend of $1,500. The National Humanities Center will cover the cost of travel, lodging, meals, and texts.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Participants will have individual apartments in a residence hotel within ten minutes of the Center. The Center will provide bus service to and from the hotel.
National Humanities Center
7 T.W. Alexander Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
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