|Module Title||THE SHORT STORY (AMERICAN)|
|Co-ordinator||Professor Peter T Barry|
|Course delivery||Seminars / Tutorials||20 Hours. 10 x 2 hour seminars|
1. to introduce students to the short story as a literary genre, with special reference to the development of the form in the United States;
2. to enable students to appreciate the distinctive features of this genre, particularly the fact that the short story has its own compositional characteristics and is not simply an abbreviated or compressed novel;
3. to explore a range of diverse reading strategies and compare their merits and capabilities in practice.
The American Short Story and its Antecedents
1. Types and Definitions of the Short Story: Myths, Legends, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Character Sketches, Parables, Exempla
2. Washington Irving, The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.
The American Short Story, Nineteenth Century
3. Edgar Allan Poe, Selected Tales
4. Lecture on the Short Story Genre and Narratological approaches to short fiction.
5. Henry James, Daisy Miller and Other Stories
6. Four Stories by American Women: Rebecca Harding Davis, Life in the Iron Mills; Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper; Sarah Orne Jewett, Country of the Pointed Firs; Edith Wharton, Souls Belated
The American Short Story, Twentieth Century
7-8. Hemingway, The First Forty Nine Stories
9-10. Richard Ford (ed.), The Granta Book of the American Short Story
This module is at CQFW Level 6