"Courtly Love in California" short story w/study guide--dark comedy
• American Literature
• Short Story
• Novel Study
• Creative Writing
• Women's Studies
• Postmodern Sociology
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"COURTLY LOVE IN CALIFORNIA"
22 Page Literature Unit / Creative Writing
Two-part unit includes the 20 page darkly comic short story "Courtly Love in California" (from the author's published novel Maiden) + 2-page study guide for critical thinking and creative writing.
The author, a Fulbright scholar in Creative Writing, who reviewed books for The New York Times and Washington Post, here provides scintillating prompts for her short story, citing Southern voices of William Faulkner, Eudora Welty and Tennessee Williams alongside other figures in belles lettres--Henry James, Gustave Flaubert and Theodore Dreiser.
"Courtly Love in California" short story
excerpted from American classic novel
Maiden by Cynthia Buchanan
Maiden served in American Literature courses and Creative Writing programs at Harvard, New York University, Dartmouth, Iowa Writers Workshop and University of California at Los Angeles, among other institutions.
"Maiden is...a brilliant, hysterically funny book."
"Maiden is a brilliant story...dazzling."
"[An] hilarious first novel Maiden."
THE NEW YORKER
"A delicious, painful book...Maiden is the best..."
THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
"Fortune Dundy...like many a heroine since Emma Bovary...she’s artist enough to have made herself, very deftly, out of available trash."
"Cynthia Buchanan’s novel is...exuberantly talented...an extravagant tour de force." THE NATION
"This first-class novel...verbally stunning...combines pathos with dignity." SATURDAY REVIEW
LILY TOMLIN: "I love Maiden so much I can't even do it justice! All generations...will find Maiden more universal today than ever. An American classic, it's wonderful!"
MAIDEN the novel by Cynthia Buchanan
features the story "Courtly Love in California"
Cynthia Buchanan's Maiden charts the riotous adventures of a thirty-year-old retro-virgin in rhinestones as she battles the flesh markets of 1970's southern California. A female Don Quixote, this brave and eccentric heroine plunges forth in a mythic quest for her Dream Man of chivalry. A monstrous yet lovable romantic, Fortune Dundy is one of the great heroines in American literature.
Maiden burst upon the literary scene, published to sensational reviews. Critics celebrated it as a "brilliant comic satire" and novelist Cynthia Buchanan as a superb storyteller, "a powerful voice" whose prose style is stunning. First appearing in 1972, it remains today one of the most highly reviewed first novels in publishing history. A penetrating and original commentary on the deadly life of the American dream, Maiden is both hilarious and powerful social satire.
Listed among "best" titles by The New York Times Book Review and the American Library Association, it was acclaimed by the Encyclopedia Britannica as a premier novel that compared with the works of Flaubert, Dreiser, Didion and Plath. Maiden was taught as an American classic at Harvard, Dartmouth, New York University, University of California at Los Angles and at Iowa Writers' Workshop, among others.
Columbia Pictures bought Maiden film rights through an option by Lily Tomlin, who then commissioned Buchanan to write for her. The author created such Tomlin characters as "Sister Boogie Woman," "Crystal the Quadriplegic" and "Susie Sorority" for the comedienne's tours and Broadway show. As well, Lily Tomlin starred in Buchanan's play at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., under a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for new American playwrights.
About the Author
Cynthia Buchanan • 2015
Novelist and playwright Cynthia Buchanan earned an M.A. in Creative Writing in English from the University of the Americas in Mexico and was awarded a Fulbright grant in Creative Writing in Spain, under the U.S. State Department. After many years in New York as a professional writer, she returned to her roots in the Spanish Southwest.
She now lives in Texas, where she has completed several short stories, a new play and two new novels. Cowgirl Polygamy is set in Arizona, while The Scarlet Spaniard follows an Andalusian guerrilla after the Spanish Civil War. Currently, she's at work on a Latino graphic novel, Aztec Eagles of World War II: Mexico's Heroes, America's Brothers. (www.aztecagles.net)
Her fiction, nonfiction and literary criticism has been published widely, from The New York Times, The Washington Post and Newsweek to such diverse literary quarterlies as Harvard Advocate, Cornell Review and Transatlantic Review.
Cynthia Buchanan is represented by law firm
Jackson Walker L.L.P. www.jw.com
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