LITT06007 2017 Literature: The Short Story

General Details

Full Title
Literature: The Short Story
Transcript Title
The Short Story
80 %
Subject Area
LITT - Literature
COMP - Computing & Creative Practices
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Mr. John Kelleher, Tom Weir, Rhona Trench, Una Mannion
Programme Membership
SG_HWRIT_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Writing and Literature SG_HWRIT_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Writing and Literature SG_HWLIT_H08 202000 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Writing and Literature

This module is an introduction to the short story genre. We examine the elements and craft of the short story and look at the history of the form from early 19th century Romanticism to Postmodernism and how the short story has been shaped by different literary and aesthetic movements. This includes 19th century Romanticism and Realism, Modernisms, Irish short story, Irish women's short story, Southern Gothic, Minimalism, Kmart or Dirty Realism, Hyperrealism, and Postmodernism.


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Identify the formal elements of the short story (e.g., point of view, character development, conflict, plot, writing style)


Define major literary movements since the emergence of the short story and how form of the short story shares aesthetic and social/cultural concerns of that movement


Analyse a short story in terms of craft, subject matter and cultural context


Research the historical, cultural, and biographical context of a given story


Construct a critical essay using textual evidence from both primary and secondary sources and documenting according to academic conventions

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module applies multiple teaching and learning strategies in order to maximise learning opportunities. These include lectures, seminars, class discussion, presentations and guest lecturers.

Module Assessment Strategies


The assessment strategy in this module is built on the learning outcomes and includes an essay 40%, a presentation 30% and a creative project 30%.



Repeat Assessments

Should a student fail they will have the opportunity to repeat attempt through assigned projects

Indicative Syllabus

The Short Story Introduction

 Romanticism and Early 19th Century Short story

Hawthorne, Poe

 Late 19th century Realism

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Kate Chopin

 European Short Story & Modernism

Chekhov, Tolstoy, Kafka

 20th Century American Modernisms

Zora Neale Hurston, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck

 Irish Short Story 20th Century

James Joyce, Frank O’Connor, Sean O’Faolain, John McGahern

 Irish women’s short story

Kate O’Brien, Elizabeth Bowen, Mary Lavin, Norah Hoult, Maeve Brennan

 American Southern Gothic

William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor

 Minimalism and American identity

Raymond Carver, Denis Johnston, George Saunders, Joyce Carol Oates, Lorrie Moore, Louise Erdrich, Sherman Alexie, Amy Holmes 

Kmart or Dirty Realism

These short stories "represent and reproduce the disintegration of public life [and] the colonization of private life by consumer capitalism Bobbie Ann Mason, Tobias Wolfe, Frederick Barthelme, Mary Robinson and Raymond Carver.

Postmodern Experimental Prose

William Gass, Richard Brautigan, Amy Hempl, David Foster Wallace, Alice Munro, Lydia Davis



Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Presentation Continuous Assessment Assignment 30 % Week 5 1,2,3,4
2 Creative Project Continuous Assessment Project 30 % Week 8 1,3,4
3 Essay Continuous Assessment Essay 40 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Seminar Flat Classroom Weekly Seminar class 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Charters, Ann. The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction, 9th edition. Bedford, 2014

Gelfant, Blanche. The Columbia Companion to the Twentieth Century American Short Story. Columbia UP, 2001.

Herman, David (ed), The Cambridge Companion to Narrative. Cambridge UP,2007.

Ingman, Heather. A History of the Irish Short Story. Cambridge UP, 2009.

Malcolm, David. British and Irish Short Story Handbook. Wiley 2012.

March-Russel, Paul. The Short Story: An Introduction. Edinburgh UP, 2009.

Rushdie, Salman and Heidi Pitlor, Best American Short Stories. Houghton Mifflin, 2008.