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Saturday, May 6 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
7C: Rethinking Horror FILLING
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What makes a work of fiction frightening -- and why do we read stories that frighten us? In this class, we'll look at a classic short work of horror fiction, and consider (a) what makes it effective, as horror, and (b) how to think about horror in a broader social context: what it means, how it changes over time, and how fiction writers might go about thinking about fresh approaches to the genre. The class will not in itself be frightening (I hope!) but participants should be OK with reading material that may be unsettling, and with talking about horrible things.

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Paul La Farge

Paul La Farge is the author of four novels: The Night Ocean (Penguin Press, March 2017); The Artist of the Missing (FSG, 1999), Haussmann, or the Distinction (FSG, 2001), and Luminous Airplanes (FSG, 2011); and a book of imaginary dreams, The Facts of Winter (McSweeney's Books, 2005). He is the grateful recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Bard Fiction Prize, and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. He was a fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library in 2013-14. He lives in a subterranean... Read More →

Saturday May 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Winthrop Room