ENG2325 – The Short Story in English

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

The course examines main points of development in the Anglo-American short story tradition in the nineteenth and twentieth century, drawing on central concepts from short fiction theory from Edgar Allan Poe to contemporary theorists.

Beyond the much debated question of generic definition, the course will take a variety of approaches to the short story, including:

  • considering the short story in literary history
  • the impact of modernism and impressionism
  • the postcolonial short story
  • varieties of style and narrative technique
  • the representation of class, race, ethnicity, and gender in the short story

Learning outcome

After completing the course, you:

  • have an understanding of some fundamental features of the development of the Anglo-American short story.
  • can identify and discuss central aspects of short fiction theory.
  • have good skills in analyzing texts, structures and narrative techniques.

Admission

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Admission to the course is required to attend seminars.

Prerequisites

Recommended previous knowledge

It is recommended that students have taken at least 10 ECTS in literature/culture, preferably ENG1303 – British Literature / ENG1304 – American Literature or equivalent. The course assumes a good proficiency in written and oral English

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with ENG4365 – The Short Story in English

Teaching

Seminar, two hours per week for 14 weeks, 28 hours in all.

Attendance is obligatory at least 11 out of 14 seminars. Additional absences must be justified by documentation to the exam coordinator.

Students must write an essay (5 standard pages, 11.500 bytes) at an appointed time. The essay must be approved by the tutor; if it is not, the student will be barred from attempting the final exam. Read more about guidelines for obligatory activities.

Examination

The evaluation is based on a 4-hour written exam.

Previous exams

Written examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Submission in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read more about how to submit in Inspera.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Examination support material

You are allowed to use an English-English dictionary.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Once the course requirements are fulfilled, they remain valid for the two next semesters the course is taught.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Evaluation

The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Reports from periodic evaluations (in Norwegian)

Facts about this course

Credits

10

Level

Bachelor

Teaching

Every spring

Examination

Every spring

Teaching language

English