The Art of the Short Story

Episode 34,  Jun 04, 2019, 04:32 PM

There are the celebrated authors: Checkov, Joyce, Mansfield, Munro. There are the big questions: “What makes a truly great short story?” “Where does the form originate?” “What can short stories do that other forms of literature can’t?”

But before any of this, there’s a question that’s not that easy to answer at all:

What is a short story?

This week I’m joined by Dr Paul March-Russell, Lecturer in Comparative Literature at the University of Kent, and author of The Short Story: An Introduction and Colin Walsh, an award-winning short story writer from Galway, Ireland. 

We discuss whether you can really define what a short story is, some great examples of the form, and what short stories can do that other forms of literature simply can’t.

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