The Short Story

Ref: C3741140

The short story has been described as 'a record of things happening, full of incident and accident, swift movement, unexpected development, leading through suspense to a climax and satisfying denouement'. If you are intrigued by this description then this course is for you.

Course aim

The course is about the history and development of the short story in English with reference to earlier Russian and French exponents of the form

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The course is for those who are interested in, or who wish to develop an interest in, this aspect of English Literature

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Describe the history of the short story form
  • Read from and discuss a number of short stories in a group
  • Make individual or shared presentatuions of particular stories
  • Explain what make this form of fictional writing distinctive
  • Research information on some of the authors being considered

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • 1.Modern British Short Stories (Ed. Malcolm Bradbury) Penguin (1988) 2.Angels at the Ritz and Other Stories by William Trevor (1976) or The Stories of William Trevor Penguin ISBN 0-14-010921-8 3. A Bunch of Fives (2012) by Helen Simpson - Vintage

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • The Modern Short Story from 1809-1953 by H.E. Bates is a useful introduction to the genre

What can I do next?

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The Short Story

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