Many of us are familiar with "modern" short fiction, pioneered by such masters as Flannery O'Connor and John Updike. During the post-World War II period, the style and subject matter of the short story underwent a huge change. New faces and new sensibilities--T.C. Boyle, Tobias Wolff, Don DeLillo, Raymond Carver, Juno Diaz, etc.—appeared.
This SDG will focus mainly on the recent period. We will assess the rupture and continuities between earlier and more contemporary short fiction. Among other things, we will emphasize the mingling of realistic and fantastic motifs in the new creative writing.