ENG2325 – The Short Story in English

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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.


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.


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


Seminars, 2 hours per week for 14 weeks. 28 hours in all.

Obligatory activities:

  • For spring 2022, attendance is not required, but highly recommended.
  • An essay of 5 standard pages (a standard page consists of 2,300 characters) turned in by a stated deadline.

Both obligatory activities must be approved in the same semester for you to sit the exam. Once the course requirements have been fulfilled, they remain valid for the current and the next two semesters that the course is taught.


The form of assessment is a 5-hour written examination.

Previously given exam assignments and assessment guidelines (the form of assessment may have changed)

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.

Macmillan Dictionary will be offered in the digital examination system Inspera.

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.


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






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