Exploring Short Stories Volume 2

Author: Peter Adams, Publisher: Phoenix

Exploring Short Stories provides 22 short stories for middle  to senior secondary students (Volume 2) . The stories come from well known and highly regarded authors from around the world and represent a range of write styles and types of short story. The stories in each volume are grouped according to the feature of the short story genre they best represent.

Contents Volume 2


I. Some Narrative Techniques


  •  ‘Homecoming’ by Roger Woddis
  •  ‘The Empty Beach’ by James R. Allen
  •  ‘The Demon Lover’ by Elizabeth Bowen
  •  ‘James Harris (The Dæmon Lover)’ Anonymous

Fictional autobiography

  •  ‘Bad Characters’ by Jean Stafford
  •   ‘An Ounce of Cure’ by Alice Munro


  •  ‘Homework’ by Farrukh Dhondy

Unreliable narrators

  •  ‘My Sister’s Marriage’ by Cynthia Marshall Rich
  •   ‘Why I Live at the P.O.’ by Eudora Welty
  •    ‘One’s a Heifer’ by Sinclair Ross


  •  ‘The Summer People’ by Shirley Jackson

II. Ideologies, Discourses and the Positioning of the Reader

  •   ‘Out of the Mouths of Babes’ by Kathryn Clarke
  •   ‘Kay Petman’s Coloured Pencils’ by Carmel Bird

III. Satire

  •  ‘Attila’ by Karel Capek
  •  ‘Spring in Poland’ by Slawomir Mrozek
  •   ‘Sex in Australia from the Man’s Point of View’ by Michael Wilding

IV. Three Fables: Articulating the Themes

  • ‘The Man at the Wall’ by John Morressy
  • ‘Seven Floors’ by Dino Buzzati
  •  ‘Before the Law’ by Franz Kafka

V. Author Study: Sinclair Ross

  • ‘The Lamp at Noon’ by Sinclair Ross
  •  ‘The Painted Door by Sinclair Ross
  •  ‘The Flowers That Killed Him’ by Sinclair Ross
More Information
Year Level Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12
Date of Publication 2008
ISBN 9781921085628
Subject English