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

Course Dates: 23/09/21 - 28/10/21
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Online
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.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: HLT156

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Started Thu, eve, 23 Sep - 28 Oct '21

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This online literature course explores classic and contemporary short stories, from James Baldwin and Raymond Carver to T.C. Boyle and Sarah Hall. 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.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

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 story 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 story for that session.

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

No other costs. For each session you will be provided with copies of the story to be discussed at the next session.

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

Look up other fiction courses under History, Culture and Writing/Literature on the 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.