LITT06007 2017 Literature: The Short Story
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.
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%.
Should a student fail they will have the opportunity to repeat attempt through assigned projects
The Short Story Introduction
Romanticism and Early 19th Century Short story
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
|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
|Seminar||Flat Classroom||Weekly Seminar class||3||Weekly||3.00|
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.