ENG32340 The Modern Short Story: Critical and Creative Approaches

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module will explore theories of the art and artifice of the modern short story. Across a ten-week period we will engage in a detailed study of selected modern short stories and examine the ways in which this genre works both as a literary form and as a creative construct. Building on this close scrutiny, and supported by preparatory and in-class exercises, students will work toward producing a final work to include both critical and creative writing.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this course, students should: 1. Have a demonstrable knowledge of key theories of the modern short story as a literary form. 2. Have a detailed knowledge of selected texts from twentieth and twenty-first century short story practitioners. 3. Have gained an understanding of the art and craft of the short story. 4. Have practised writing their own short stories.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
discussion and writing 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Continuous Assessment: discussion and writing assessments over the course of the term Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Portfolio: Critical and Creative work 3500-5000 Unspecified n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Dr Paula McGrath Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Paul Perry Lecturer / Co-Lecturer