New: The Worlds Greatest Short Stories

An opportunity to get to read the greatest short stories ever written - in a single course. Well be asking ourselves the questions. What makes a short story great? And how have our ideas about that changed over time? Each week we will read several stories by a master of the genre including Chekhov, Joyce, Kipling, Kafka, Katherine Mansfield, Raymond Carver and Alice Munro.

Who is this course for

The course is open to anyone with an interest in literature. No previous knowledge of the topic is required

What does this course cover

These are some of the writers and stories we will be reading
Anton Chekhov: Lady with Lapdog, The Bet, The Darling, Vanka,
James Joyce: Dubliners (collection, esp An Encounter, Araby, Grace, Counterparts, The Dead)
Rudyard Kipling: Baa Baa Black Sheep, At the End of the Passage, Mary Postgate, Mrs Bathurst, They, Swept and Garnished
Franz Kafka: Metamorphosis, In the Penal Colony, Passers by. The Wish to be a Red Indian, Children on a Country Roadhe, Reflections for Gentlemen Jockeys
Katherine Mansfield: The Garden Party, Prelude, The Daughters of the Late Colonel, Bliss, Je Ne Parle Pas Francais
Ernest Hemingway: Hills Like White Elephants, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, A Clean, Well Lighted Place, Indian Camp, The Big Two-Hearted River, The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber, The Killers.
Raymond Carver: Cathedral (collection)
Alice Munro: Runaway (collection)

At the end of the course you should be able to
- Recognise recurring themes in the short story genre
- Relate these to the wider world of modern literature
- Feel confident enough to explore further study of related fiction on your own

Half Term: 27 October 2017

What will it be like

The course is an interactive mixture of tutor exposition and class discussion. Videos and clips will also be shown and discussed.

We will assess your expectations of the course in the first sessions. Thereafter, you will be able to monitor your progress on the course through participation in class discussion, questions and answers and in-class exercises. At the end of the course, you will be able to measure your progress against the stated outcomes for the course.

What else do you need to buy or do

Almost all these stories are available online, but it may be necessary to buy or borrow some texts. Most can be bought cheaply, often secondhand, from bookselling websites
An extensive range of wider reading and links to other resources will also be provided through the Moodle website for the course.
Apart from the reading material, you should bring with pens, notepaper and file in which to store handouts and other course materials.

What this course could lead to

- A real appreciation of the short story genre
- Further study of literature such as Introduction to the Russian Masters

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