The short story is a complex and malleable form, capable of so much more than the quintessential modern form, which explores an intense experience in a single moment in time. This module considers the multiple forms and styles of contemporary short fiction from a range of cultural backgrounds and nationalities.
You will develop your understanding of short fiction by drawing upon contemporary writers as well as secondary and critical reading - which will also help you to build a critical and theoretical framework around your own writing.
Peer and tutor review, both oral and written, will encourage you to work reflectively as a creative practitioner. And you’ll be encouraged to demonstrate your knowledge of the forms and genres used in contemporary short story writing by incorporating them in your own short story portfolio.
Indicative study themes:
The longer short story of Alice Munro
The historical short story (eg The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher)
Myth and fairy tale in the short story
Magical realism and the fantastic
Science and the short story (the Comma Press 'Science into Fiction' Series)
Politics and the short story