20 credits at level HE5
This module will familiarise you with the short story genre and its development. You will be offered a diverse, wide-ranging and challenging selection of short stories (from the first half of the nineteenth century to the present) for individual and comparative study. Through close critical analysis and class discussion of selected texts you will gain an appreciation of the diverse techniques and stylistic devices employed by individual short story writers and be invited to assess their effectiveness. Consideration will also be given to critical work on the genre, to the question of literary / generic conventions (the problem of definition) and the usefulness of short story theory.
E.A.Poe, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Fall of the House of Usher
F.Kafka, Metamorphosis, The Burrow
Henry James, Daisy Miller
A.Chekhov, The Lady and the Lapdog, Murder,
K.Mansfield Prelude, At The Bay, The Doll’s House
Raymond Carver, Neighbours
Amy Bloom, Night Vision
Helen Simpson, Opera, Dear George
Susan Hill, The Boy Who Taught the Beekeeper to Read
Origins of the short story and its relationship to other genres
The problem of definition
Short story theory
The use and effectiveness of literary / poetic device
The use and effectiveness of fantasy and dream
Introductory lecture on the short story in the first week plus an outline of the main areas and methods of study. In the following weeks seminars willl incorporate tutor led discussion, small group work and class discussin surrounding the text / texts under scrutiny. Seminars will occasionally be preceded by a short lecture to provide topics for debate. In week 13 there will be an exam preparation session. Tutorial support will be available each week during pre-arranged hours.
1. One essay (2,500 words) from a list of questions requiring a response to at least two authors.
2. An unseen two hour examination requiring students to answer two questions (50%)
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||have acquired a good understanding of the ‘short story’ as a literary genre||be able to discuss generic features accurately and appropriately.|
|2.||have acquired a critical awareness of key stylistic approaches to the short story.||be able to identify, analyse and critically assess key stylistic approaches of individual writers.|
|3.||be able to formulate and support an argument based on your knowledge and understanding of the short story.||be able to present a coherent, convincing and effectively supported argument in assignments.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||1 essay of 2,500 words||Unseen two hour examination requiring students to answer two questions|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Bates, H.E. The Modern Short Story: A Critical Survey, London, Michael Joseph Ltd., 1972
Fallon,Feddersen, Kurtzleben, Lee, Rochette-Crawley (ed) A Reader's Companion to the Short Story in English: Fitzron Dearborn Pub. 2001.
May, Charles E. (ed) The new short story theories, Athens, Ohio : Ohio Univ. Press, 1994
May, Charles E. , The Short Story : the Reality of Artifice, New York : Twayne, 1995
Myszor, Frank. The Modern Short Story, Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Hooper, Brad. Short Story Writers and Their Work, London, ALA Books, 1992.
Reid, Ian. The Short Story: The Critical Idiom: London, Methuen, 1977.
Shaw, Valerie. The Short Story: A Critical Introduction. London: Longman, 1988.
|Host Subject Group:||Creative Studies|
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