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Reading short stories: women’s voices, with Mariela Burani

Why are we going to read short stories?

Definitely not because they’re ‘short’. Granted, our hectic pace of life often prevents us from engaging with lengthy texts. But the short story is a genre in its own right. “Traditional” as it may be, it still defies definition – and we are tired of definitions in any case. Short stories are challenging, vibrant, electric. Roberto Arlt said that literature is like ‘a punch on the jaw’. We believe that this is the best possible description of the effect of a good short story.  And this is the way we want to read the stories we have chosen: with our intellects, but also through our senses. Savouring the words, but also feeling our hearts beat, as well as our bodies.

The short story has always had a kind of Cinderella status. We would like to change that, since our time calls for a deconstruction of prejudices. For the first four meetings, we have chosen stories written by women. Women who talk about their lives, their experiences but, mainly, who talk about how we all face the circumstances we are confronted with. 

The first author we will be reading is Lucia Berlin, a singular voice who has recently been re-discovered. Then, we will analyse new voices, such as Miranda July (film director, actress, performer) and Lydia Davis (translator and flash fiction writer; considered one of the most original minds in American fiction today). And finally, we are going to read Alice Munro, a well-known writer and Nobel laureate.

How are we going to work?

We are going to email you the stories so you can read them before the meeting at home over mate, in a bar, in a waiting room, between classes …. Jot down your impressions, your ideas, your opinions. Every other Saturday we will be meeting to discuss them in the relaxed atmosphere of XV Gringas (Balcarce 866) over a cup of coffee or tea (complimentary).

What is going to be the topic of each meeting?

  • Saturday April 27th (9.30 to 11): In order to write about life, first you must live it: stories by Lucia Berlin. Discussing form: Auto-fiction.
  • Saturday May 11th (9.30 to 11): The world is a lonely, lonely place: stories by Miranda July.
  • Saturday June 1st (9.30 to 11): Decluttering the everyday: stories and short texts by Lydia Davis. Discussing form: Flash-fiction.
  • Saturday June 15th (9.30 to 11): Life choices: repetition and destiny: stories by Alice Munro. Discussing form: the challenge of adapting literature to a film script: “Julieta”, by Pedro Almodóvar.

How much does it cost?

For APRIR members: $200 each session.

For non-members: $300 each session.

Complimentary cup of coffee included.

How do I register?

Vacancies are very limited, because a reading group like this one must be kept small, so secure your place by paying in advance. First come, first served!

Pay at our office on Wednesday April 17th (9 to 11 or 5 to 7) or

or by bank transfer AND email us the slip.

Banco Nación Suc. 3020- Rosario
CBU Nº 0110444240044427146462
Cuenta Corriente Especial
Nº de cuenta: 444271464/6
Asociación de Profesores de Inglés de Rosario
CUIT: 30680502109

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