English Short Stories



Zeit/Ort n.V.:

  • Do 10:15-11:45, Raum C 301

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches

Das PS Literature gehört in folgenden Studiengängen jeweils zu folgenden Modulen:

- BA English and American Studies: Zwischenmodul II Literature (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul I: Thematisches Kombinationsmodul)

- Lehramt Englisch an Gymnasien: Zwischenmodul L-GYM Literature (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Basismodul Literature)

- Lehramt Englisch an Grund-, Haupt- und Realschulen: Zwischenmodul L-UF Literature (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Elementarmodul Literature)


In this seminar, we will study the history of the English Short Story from its origins in the 17th and 18th centuries to the postmodern variations of the form in contemporary literature. We will analyse the generic features of the 'anecdote', the 'essay' and the 'oriental tale', and then focus on the 'novelette' and its aesthetic theory. After discussing Edgar Allan Poe's endeavours to distinguish short stories from the novel we will read and interpret selected examples of the genre taken from the vast repertoire of modernist literature. We will examine James Joyce's notion of 'epiphany', Virginia Woolf's concept of 'the moment of vision' and Katherine Mansfield's idea of 'the glimpse'. The seminar will end with an analysis of the short story in postmodern contexts, where its form is disrupted by experimental techniques such as 'foregrounding', 'intertextuality', 'self-reflexivity' and 'meta-textuality'.