• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject English
  • Areas of interest English
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Lucy Neave
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2023
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Contemporary literary stories and those written in genre draw on historical antecedents and/or current literary and theoretical movements. Fables and fairy tales, experiments with realism or magical realism are all present in various forms of the contemporary short story, and stem from writers being influenced by past narratives and/or by reacting to their peers. This course will encourage students to read a variety of classical and contemporary short stories and to experiment with different styles and genres which have developed over the past two centuries, and which are still being questioned or utilised by contemporary authors.

Students will be expected to write two short stories and/or a few chapters of a novel in this course. Draft stories will be revised. The final versions of students’ stories will be arrived at through discussion in seminars and workshops, and through the reading of published fiction. The course will include some consideration of the practical processes involved in publishing stories and longer works.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
    1. Create prose pieces in two different genres, drawing on or reacting to a published work or works.
    2. Experiment with and revise 2 diverse stories or chapters of a novel, integrating suggestions from writing workshops and/or utilising analysis of published or other students’ creative work.
    3. Research, compare and contrast two stories, making a coherent argument about the relationship between these works.
    4. Describe, analyse and make editorial suggestions for peers’ prose
    5. Reflect on your own creative work in relation to its context, sources and formal qualities, and discuss your writing with respect to published work in a similar style or genre.

    Indicative Assessment

    Fiction Portfolio: two stories of approximately 4000 words in total, with drafts (60%) [Learning Outcomes 1,2 & 5]
    Written and oral comments on peers' work of 500 words (15%) [Learning Outcome 4]
    Essay, 1000 words (25%) [Learning Outcomes 3 & 5]

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    130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
    a) 36 hours of contact: 12 hours of lectures and 24 hours of tutorials.
    b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

    Requisite and Incompatibility

    To enrol in this course you must have completed at least 48 Units of total Courses including 6 Units of English (ENGL) courses. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course. Incompatible with ENGL6026

    Prescribed Texts

    Ebrick of readings, (indicative bibliography appears below):

    Barthes, Roland. “The Death of the Author.” (1968). Image-Music-Text. New York: Hill and Wang, 1977


    Block, Francesca Lia. “Wolf.” The Rose and the Beast. New York: Harper Collins, 2000. 101-129


    Bloom, Harold. The Anxiety of Influence. New York: Oxford University Press, 1973


    Borges, Jorge Luis. “The Lottery in Babylon.” Trans. John M. Fein 1959. Labyrinths. London: Penguin, 1964. 55-61

    Carey, Peter. “The Chance.” (1977). Collected Stories. 2nd ed. St. Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 2001. 271-305


    Carter, Angela. “The Company of Wolves.” The Bloody Chamber. London: Penguin, 1979. 110-118

    Chekhov, Anton. “Grief.” (1885). Lady with Lapdog and Other Stories. Trans. David Magarshack. London: Penguin, 1976. 15-20


    Cho, Tom. “Today on Dr. Phil.” Best Australian Stories 2006. Ed. Robert Drewe. Melbourne: Black Inc., 2006. 232-235.

    Eliot, T.S. “Tradition and Individual Talent.” Authorship: From Plato to the Postmodern. Ed. Sean Burke. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1995. 73 - 80


    Jennings, Paul. “Snookle.” Stories for Seven Year Olds. Ill. Tom Jellett. Ed. Linsay Knight. Sydney: Random House, 2012

    King, Stephen. “1408.” (2002). Everything’s Eventual. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 2007. 424-471

     “Little Red Riding Hood.” (Charles Perrault). Trans. Ashliman. http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0333.html


    Mansfield, Katherine. “Bliss.” (1920). Bliss and Other Stories. London: Penguin, 1988. 95-110

    Maupassant, Guy de. “Clochette.” (1884). The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction. Ed. Ann Charters. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2003. 972-975


    Mengestu, Dinaw. “An Honest Exit.” The New Yorker. July 12, 2010

    Mitchell, David. Cloud Atlas. New York: Random House, 2004. Extract: 185-236


    Rawson, Jane. A Wrong Turn in the Office of Unmade Lists. Melbourne: Transit Lounge, 2013

    Saunders, George. “Sea Oak.” (1998). The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories. Ed. Ben Marcus. New York: Anchor Books, 2004. 3-30


    Takolander, Maria. “The Double.” The Double. Melbourne: Text, 2013

    Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club. New York: Putnam, 1989. Extract: 267-288


    Wallace, David Foster. “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.” (1997). The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories. Ed. Ben Marcus. New York: Anchor Books, 2004. 349-370

    Winton, Tim. The Bugalugs Bum Thief. Ill. Stephen Michael King. Camberwell, Melbourne: Puffin Books—Aussie Bites, 1991


    Woolf, Virginia. “Kew Gardens.” (1919). The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction. Ed. Ann Charters. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2003. 1421-1425.


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