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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : English Literature

Postgraduate Course: Literary Studies Fiction Year One (Online Learning) (ENLI11222)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryStudents will read one collection of short stories every 3 weeks, (or a selection from the set text stipulated by course director). In student-led forums in which the course director also participates, they will discuss the material in light of their own process and the secondary material set. The emphasis of this course is on reading as a writer. Students will submit two critical responses (each of 500 words) at intervals throughout the year and, at the end of the year, an essay of 3000 words. For critical responses, students choose their own topic and title. Essay titles are set by the course director.
Course description This is an introduction to the short story. Many who embark on a programme in creative writing find themselves, in the first instance, drawn to the short story, a fluid and versatile form, yet often have less experience of reading short stories than of reading novels. The course encourages students to read as writers, to consider the possibilities of the form, and exemplars of it, in the light of both critical commentary and the students¿ own practice. To highlight the strengths of the form and its different dynamics, texts from mid 19th to the 21st century. The course does not intend to offer a survey of the history and development of the form; rather it highlights writers who bring something individual and memorable. The material is international and some texts will be read in translation. Too often the short story is considered a stepping stone to larger and, by implication, greater work. This course aims to demonstrate that, in its precision and concentration, its powers of suggestion and its essential economy of expression, the short story is a perfectionist¿s art. Each text will have its own discussion board and each board will have a student host, who will initiate discussion by posting a range of topics and close the board by summarising response. The course director will, largely, participate in the discussion on an equal footing as the students: developing writers need to learn to identify for themselves what to take from their reading. The opportunity to compare and contrast responses, and to revisit the reponse for the duration of the course, will raise critical skills and offer increased scope for critical response.
1. Nikolay Gogol, Diary of a Madman, the Government Inspector and
Selected Stories
2. Anton Chekhov, About Love and Other Stories
3. Katherine Mansfield, Selected Stories
4. Ernest Hemingway, The Snows of Kilimanjaro
5. Flannery O'Connor, The Complete Stories
6. Alice Munro, Selected Stories
7. T.C. Boyle, Wild Child
8. Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies
9. Sandra Cisneros, Woman Hollering Creek
10. Annie Proulx: Close Range
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Essential course texts
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify and summarise key structural, thematic and linguistic components of a literary text
  2. Evaluate and critique literary texts and scholarly material
  3. Synthesise information and articulate ideas in formal writing and group discussion
  4. Compose and structure a coherent and relevant argument in response to literary texts and scholarly material
  5. Locate and access relevant information and material through online databases and other web-based resources
Reading List
T.C. Boyle, Wild Child
Anton Chekhov, About Love and Other Stories
Sandra Cisneros, Woman Hollering Creek
Nikolay Gogol, Diary of a Madman, the Government Inspector and Selected Stories
Ernest Hemingway, The Snows of Kilimanjaro
Jhumpa Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies
Katherine Mansfield, Selected Stories
Alice Munro, Selected Stories
Flannery O'Connor, The Complete Stories
Annie Proulx: Close Range
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will have the ability to interrogate a wide range of literary texts; to assess and structure coherent arguments; to weigh up differing viewpoints and arrive at valid conclusions; and to navigate a wide variety of interpretations and opinions. In addition, they will be aware of how best to turn language to ends appropriate to a variety of situations, and will have learned to organise study around work or family, to manage their time in order to meet deadlines, and to work independently.
Course organiserDr Miriam Gamble
Course secretaryMiss Kara Mccormack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030
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