Whether you identify yourself by name (assumed, adoptive, hyphenated), ancestry, place of origin, or other criteria, you will want to join our group in discussing intriguing short fiction that explore ways we define ourselves and how we get defined. We’ll analyze an international selection of stories relating to such topics as “Me and My Doppelganger,” “By Any Other Name,” “Hyphenated,” and “DNA.” Readings will be provided via email. There’s room in Zoom for you, yourself, and your alter ego!

Feedback from Nancy’s last course:

“Nancy’s course provides a great variety of readings across many cultures.  She is very well informed and asks provocative questions while allowing for easy discourse from participants.  I enjoy her courses very much.”

“Nancy explored a genre of which I was not previously aware, and I much enjoyed reading these stories.  The commentary and discussion were interesting.  I look forward to more of this.”


Nancy Hesser Ph.D.

Nancy Hesser, Ph.D., has taught literature in the US, DR Congo, and Mali. She lives with her husband and canine companions in the salt marshes of south Dorchester County. Her short story courses for various Eastern Short programs have focused on American regionalism, the Roaring 20s, African voices, Central America, the Caribbean, foodies, drunkards, and flash fiction, among other subjects.

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