FAU Lifelong Learning Society, Jupiter
Nell Waldman, Ph.D.


Nell Waldman, Ph.D., has a B.A., an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English literature. She was an English professor in Toronto for 26 years, specializing in literature and composition. She is also the coauthor of seven editions of the top anthology used in first-year composition courses in “Canadian Content.” Professor Waldman has taught several well-received courses on short fiction at Lifelong Learning.

Appreciating Short Fiction
Scary Stories We Love

Why are we fascinated by stories that work on our fears? Consider the immortal Dracula and Frankenstein’s unnamed monster. Witness the abiding popularity of writers such as Edgar Allan Poe, Joyce Carol Oates, and Steven King (three writers whose stories we’ll be reading). King himself sees scary stories as therapeutic, “as lifting a trap door in the civilized forebrain and throwing a basket of raw meat to the hungry alligators swimming around in that subterranean river beneath.” Or is there more to it than that?

This course will focus on six short stories that were written in different centuries. Although the stories will be quite different, each is a fine story on its own. What they have in common is the fear factor. You’ll get a package with all six stories during the first class, which is an introduction to the course. We will read two stories for each subsequent class, looking at how the stories scare us—and why. The course provides a look at the achievement of some great writers. It offers not just thrills and chills but powerful stories, unexpected connections, and a thoughtful way of looking at who we are.

Four Lectures
  1. An Overview of the Genre — What Scares Us and Why
  2. Two 19th Century Stories — Classics of the Genre
  3. Two 20th Century Stories
  4. Two 21th Century Stories
Course # S4M2 — Four Weeks
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Mondays — March 17, 24, 31; April 7 CANCELLED
  Time:12:00–1:30 p.m. CANCELLED
  Fee:$34/member; $54/non-member