Short Stories from Robert Louis Stevenson to Dorothy Edwards (Tues class)

Ref: C3847031

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We'll be discussing stories from The Penguin Book of The British Short Story anthology, edited by Philip Hensher, starting with The Body Snatcher, an 1884 story by Robert Louis Stevenson. Over the following nine sessions we'll look at one story per week from a wide range of authors, in a range of styles, to finish with A Country House, the 1925 story by Dorothy Edwards. What is the attraction of the short story for the writer? Are these stories primarily important because they're historical? What does the twenty-first century reader get from them? The tutor will supply a schedule of stories on the Canvas site. Please read The Body Snatcher, by Robert Louis Stevenson, for discussion at the first session.

Course aim

To discuss a range of stories from the selected anthology, with a view to thinking about how we define what a short story is.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

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

  • Discuss our reading experiences.
  • Assess writing techniques such as characterisation, presentation and development.
  • Compare and contrast stories from the anthology.
  • Identify significant topics, issues and ideas in the texts and consider the way they resonate for the twenty-first century reader.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You will need The Penguin Book of The British Short Story, Vol 1, editor P Hensher. Hardback: ISBN-10 : 0141395990, ISBN-13 : 978-0141395999. Paperback: ISBN-10 : 0141396008 ISBN-13 : 978-0141396002 Please read, The Body Snatcher, by Robert Louis Stevenson, for discussion at the first session

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

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Short Stories from Robert Louis Stevenson to Dorothy Edwards (Tues class)

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