Friday, July 30, 2010
Teaching Short Stories Difficult
I grew up reading sort stories in places like Emily Post and Playboy, but this generation has read few short stories, outside of "safe' things like Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown." How to teach the short story--in preparation for your students someday writing a novel--when they have read very few? You need to introduce them to the concept of the indeterminate ending and get them to appreciate the aesthetic where everything is not tied up into a bow, as life rarely is, and as a short story lacks the space to do.