Symbiosis International University Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts

Short Stories from around the World

Faculty Course Type Credits Prerequisites Semester
Hilda David General 4 None Any

The art of storytelling is doubtlessly older than record of civilization. Even the so-called modern short story, which was the latest of the major literary types to evolve, has an ancient origin.

Perhaps the oldest and most direct ancestor of the short story is the anecdote and descriptive story, straight to the point. The ancient fable and parable, blatantly have brief narrative used to enforce some moral or divine truth, and have anticipated the unadorned conciseness and accord of some short stories written today.

The purpose of this module is to examine some of the best short stories around the world and explore the central niggles of the form, including its unique presentation of the writer’s expressions, its belief on myth, magic and chance and the presentation of ruthless truths, the manner in which it represents the channel of time and of lives within so short a space, and of course the precision of its language, imagery, portrayals and narrative strategies.

Throughout the module, the students will be encouraged to explore different, often conflicting, traditions within the form and  exam  works from writers such as  O’Henry, Roald Dahl, Katherine Mansfield, H. Munro, Chinua Achebe, Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel Garcia Marques, Rabindranath Tagore, Lu Xun, etc.

 Aim Of The Course 

To enable students to undertake a detailed and extensive study of either multiple texts of a particular writer or a specific literary subject.

To relate this study to the social, political and historical context of that writer or the subject and to pertinent theoretical contexts and debates

 Learning Outcomes 

On successful completion of the module, students should be able:

  • Read and discuss a range of short stories
  • Understand the genre of the short story and the tones and subtleties of literary language in a range of short fiction
  • Express and interactively discuss their reading and form opinions on the short fiction they have studied
  • Evaluate, compare and discuss film adaptations of the short story they have studied
  • Write essays which present and sustain well-developed arguments on the work of the studied authors

 Curriculum Content 

  • General introduction to issues related to the development of the short story form
  • Examination of these issues across a wide range of texts written by a number of well-known and lesser known short story writers
  • Continuous discussion and analysis of texts in relationship to their historical, cultural, political and theoretical contexts
  • Consideration of the ways in which the chosen short stories reveal characteristic themes, styles, and concerns as well as divergent techniques within and against the traditions under scrutiny

 Teaching And Learning Strategies 

This module will be taught in a two-hour seminar block limited to fifteen (15) students. Activities within this block remain as flexible as possible to allow the module to adapt to student interests and questions as they develop from readings and discussions. Seminars will encourage active participation and lead to questions and discussions.

 Activity / Workshops 

  • Short story writing contest.
  • Interacting with writers
  • Regular visits to the library to improve reading habits
  • Workshops,
  • Showing films based on text studied for discussion, etc.

 Course Outline 

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William Faulkner (1897-1962), America

o   A Rose for Emily                                          

o   That Evening Sun



O’Henry (1862-1910), America

o   Gift of the Magi

o   The Purple Dress



J D Salinger (1943-2011), America

o   A Perfect Day for Bananafish                                  

o   Pretty Mouth and Green Eyes



H.G Wells (1866- 1910), British

o   A Moonlight Fable                                                      

o   The Diamond Maker



Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), British

o   The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle                  

o   The Adventure of the Dancing Man



Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British

o   How the Leopard Got his Spots                                            

o   The Man who Was



Roald Dahl (1916-1990), British   

o   Lamb To the Slaughter                                                           

o   Man from the South



Hector Hugh Munro (Saki), (1870-1916), British

o   The Open Window                                                   

o   The Story Teller



William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) Ireland

o   The Crucifixion of the Outcast                              

o   Where there is Nothing, There is God



Anton Chekhov (1860-1904), Russia

o   The Dead Body                                                            

o   The Avenger



Wladyslaw Reymont (1868- 1925) Poland

o   Death



Alice Munro (1931- ) Canada

o   Postcard 



Katherine Mansfield (1882-1923), New Zealand

o   A  Cup Of Tea                                                               

o   The Garden Party



Guy de Maupasant (1850-1893), France

o   The Necklace                                                              

o   A Dead Woman’s Secret



Emile Zola (1840-1902), France

o   The Flood



Thomas Mann (1875-1955), Germany

o   Little Lizzy



Herman Hesse (1877-1962), Germany

o   Within and Without



Chinua Achebe (1930 --), Nigeria  

o   Dead Man’s Path                                                       

o   Marriage is a Private Affair



Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1961), India

o   Saved                                                                            

o   Kabuliwalla



Munshi Premchand (1880-1936), India

o   Kafan “Shroud”                                           

o   Shatranj Ke Khiladi “The Chess Player”



Vaikoom Mohammed Basheer (1908-1994), India

o   Vishappu “The hunger”                            

o   Aanappooda “Elephant Hair”



Salman Rushdie (1947-), India

o   Good Advices Are Rarer Than Rubies



Ruskin Bond (1934- ), India

o   The Eyes have It                                                                                         

o   The Kite Maker



Saadat Hasan Manto (1912-1950), India-Pakistan

·        The Woman in the Red Raincoat                                                      

·        Toba Tek Singh



Ismat Chugtai (1915-1991), Indo-Pakistan

·      Lihaf(The Quilt)                                                                        

·      Scared Duty



Lu Xun (1881-1936), China

·      In a Wine Shop                                                                           

·      Storm In A Tea Cup



Gabriel Garcia Marques (1927- ), Colombia

·        Eyes of the Blue Dog                                                               

·        One of these Days



Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), Argentina

·        The Aleph                                                                                   

·        The Three versions of Judas



Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Czech

·      The Vulture                                                                                 

·      Children On A Country Road



Knut Hamsun (1859-1952), Norway

·      The Call Of Life



Knut Hamsun (1859-1952), Norway

·      The Call Of Life



Selma Lagerlof (1858- 1940)  Sweden

·        The Outlaws                                                                              

·        The Legend of the Christmas Rose



Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), Denmark

·        The Emperor’s New Clothes,                                                

·        The Little Match Girl



Maurice Maeterlinck( 1862- 1949) Belguim

·        The Massacre of The Innocents



Zakaria Tamer (1931-), Syria

·        The Neighing of the White Steed                                                      

·        Breaking Knees



Naguib Mahfouz (1911-2006), Egypt

·        The Mummy Awakens                                                            

·        A Voice from the other World



Buket Uzuner (1955-), Turkey

·        Sun Eating Gypsy



Pari Mansouri (1936-), Iran

·        The Glass Marble                                                                     

·        No I was not Dreaming



Luigi Pirandelo (1867-1936), Italy

·        War                                                                               

·        The Evening Sun



Haldor Laxness(1902-) Iceland

·        Lily