1: Making a Long Story Short


Competence aims in focus:

The aims of the studies are to enable students to:

  • have a command of the terminology needed for analysing works of fiction, films and other aesthetic forms of expression 
  • use a nuanced, well-developed and precise vocabulary to communicate on literature and culture
  • summarize, comment on and discuss differing viewpoints in fictional texts

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Video: Britannica Classic: What Is a Short Story?

video In the first of these videos produced in 1980, American editor and anthologist Clifton Fadiman discusses the elements of a short story. Then you can watch Britannica's dramatization of O. Henry’s classic short story "The Gift of the Magi", which is mentioned in the discussion.