What's the Big Idea?: classic and contemporary short stories

Course Dates: 22/09/22 - 27/10/22
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Keeley Street
Read and discuss celebrated short stories each week for six weeks – discuss and explore what we understand might be the writers’ intentions, and what it means for us as readers – which can be quite different. Join us in sharing feelings about, and reactions to, a selection of classic and contemporary short stories and how they withstand the shifting context of readers, and time.
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Course Code: HLT156

Available start dates 

Started Thu, eve, 22 Sep - 27 Oct '22

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This literature course explores classic and contemporary short stories, from writers such as Guy de Maupassant and James Baldwin to Katherine Mansfield and Lydia Davis. It is an opportunity for us to share our feelings about, and reactions to, a selection of classic and contemporary short stories by both major and emerging writers.

What will we cover?

A range of classic and contemporary short stories written in English. During the sessions we will discuss the short story in question by considering various aspects such as context, ideas, plot, character/s, etc. We will also discuss how successful we think the authors have been in the particular work. Relevant texts will be provided by the tutor ahead of each session.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- read short stories you might not have considered before
- focus on key points when discussing a literary short story
- express your opinion clearly.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No previous knowledge or experience of literature is necessary. However, learners will, ideally, need the following
skills and attributes:
- An enthusiasm for reading and discussing a range of texts in large and small groups.
- A willingness and ability to do some reading and preparation outside the class. You will be expected to read the selected short stories for each session.
- An interest in, and ability to listen to, the responses of other students to the work discussed.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

In each session there will be a brief introduction by the tutor followed by an informal but focused discussion of the
selected short stories for that session.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No other costs. The tutor will provide all materials.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Look up other fiction courses under History, Culture and Writing/Literature on our website at www.citylit.ac.uk.

Richard Niland

Richard Niland has published widely on Joseph Conrad and a range of other 19th and 20th century writers. He taught for many years at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow and is interested in the various intersections of literature, culture, politics, music and film in different global contexts.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.