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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