The Demon Lover?

This is a temporary weblog, created for the 2008-2009 Mastercourse “Literature: Short Stories from Britain and Ireland, 1870-1950” as taught by Dr. Michael Newton. This weblog focuses especially on Elizabeth Bowen as it serves as my presentation for this course on 11-12-2008.


The course examines short stories written by authors based in Britain and Ireland, and in particular will explore the representation of nationality, identity, the supernatural, language, the family, money, romantic love, sexual desire, friendship and art.  The course will employ an eclectic theoretical framework to contextualise the works we will discuss, from Freud to Kierkegaard, Klein to Cavell, Weil to Benjamin.  We will also investigate the generic opportunities and limitations of the short story, relate the form to its place in the literary marketplace, and will endeavour to position the works and their representation of their protagonists within their cultural and historical context.


Of the thirteen writers studied in the course, four were born in Ireland, one in Scotland, one in what has been called ‘the Polish Ukraine’, one in New Zealand, one in India, one in America, and four in England.


This is the complete course reading list:

  • Sheridan Le Fanu, In A Glass Darkly  (Oxford World’s Classics).
  • Oscar Wilde, The Complete Short Fiction (Penguin Classics).
  • Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes / The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes  (published together in one volume by Penguin Classics).
  • Rudyard Kipling, Selected Stories (Penguin Modern Classics).
  • Henry James, Selected Tales (Penguin Classics).
  • M. R. James, Casting the Runes, and Other Ghost Stories (Oxford World’s Classics).
  • Joseph Conrad,Typhoon, and Other Tales (Oxford World’s Classics).
  • D. H. Lawrence,Selected Stories (Penguin Classics).
  • James Joyce,  Dubliners (Penguin Modern Classics).
  • Katherine Mansfield, “The Garden Partyand Other Stories (Penguin Classics).
  • Virginia Woolf, Haunted House, and Other Stories  (Harcourt).
  • Christopher Isherwood, Goodbye to Berlin (Vintage).
  • Elizabeth Bowen, The Collected Stories (Vintage).




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