Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr John Hawke


Previously coded ENH2770


The unit provides a historical and theoretical introduction to the short story, using a wide range of examples from Britain, the United States and Australia as well as a few from Russia, France, Japan, South Africa, South America and Ireland. Stories are selected in order to illustrate key elements and modes of fiction and narratological issues, which may be studied with particular advantage in such a concentrated literary form. Approximately four stories will be studied each week.


Students successfully completing this subject should have developed:

  1. a sense of how literary texts relate to the periods in which they are written
  2. a recognition of the key elements and devices of literary fiction
  3. a familiarity with the appropriate theoretical and critical concepts employed in the discussion of literary texts
  4. an ability to write coherently and in a scholarly manner about texts and ideas, through
    1. the development of close reading skills, and
    2. the production of critical research essays
  5. greater confidence in the spoken skills of discussion and debate within a tutorial context


Essay (2000 words): 50%
Class presentation (1500 words): 30%
Examination (1 hour): 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

22 hours per semester

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


A gateway unit in Literary Studies or permission.