Great fiction can transport us to different worlds, immerse us in other people's lives, reveal deep human truths, and sometimes enable us to see ourselves anew. Explore compelling American short stories, while meeting new people in a relaxed congenial setting. Classes focus on your insights, questions, and dialogue, and stress critical analysis of the course's stories. We investigate a selection of twentieth-century American short stories by authors including Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, and Philip Roth. We read Wharton's "Roman Fever" and "The Other Two;" Cather's "Paul's Case" and "A Wagner Matinee;" and Roth's, "Eli the Fanatic." Our readings are enhanced by in-class socio-historic handouts and excerpts of documentary film. Please read Edith Wharton's "Roman Fever" and "The Other Two" for the first class session.