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The cultural role and critical reception of fiction written by women is at the heart of an ongoing debate within the literary community: if there’s a difference between “men’s” and “women’s” fiction, what defines “women’s” fiction, how cultural perceptions of gender determine the reception of women writers’ work? The work of the women behind these issues will be at the center of this class. We’ll read short stories by six contemporary women writers, including Joan Silber and Yiyun Li, along with a handful of relevant critical essays. Each student will write and workshop a story developed in response to or influenced by the work of a female contemporary.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Winter quarter 2021.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum is the author of three collections of short fiction, most recently What We Do With the Wreckage, which won the 2017 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and was published by UGA Press in 2018. Her earlier collections are Swimming With Strangers (Chronicle, 2008) and This Life She's Chosen (Chronicle, 2005). Her short fiction has been published in Ploughshares, McSweeney's, One Story, and North American Review, among other journals, and she has been the recipient of a PEN/O. Henry Prize. Kirsten teaches fiction writing at Hugo House and 9th-12th grade English at a small independent school near Seattle.