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Reading Short Stories

Course Code
Application Code
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Start Date
13 Nov 2024 (Wed)
Next intake(s)
15 hours
Course Fee
Deadline on 01 Nov 2024 (Fri)
2975 5695
2548 7027
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This course explores the idea of storytelling through reading the works of some of the short story’s most prominent writers. It deals with fundamental questions like: Why do people need to tell, read, write and listen to fictional stories? By examining the aesthetics as well as the politics of storytelling, the course aims at shedding some light on the different themes generated by narration and revealing the void that lies beneath man’s sense of identity.

Course Outline

Session 1 Borges’s The Garden of Forking Paths
Session 2 Chekhov’s In the Ravine
Session 3 Wilde’s The Portrait of Mr. W. H.
Session 4 Tolstoy’s The Kreutzer Sonata
Session 5 Kleist’s Michael Kohlhaas


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Days / Time
  • Wednesday, 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  • 5 meeting(s)
  • 3 hours per meeting
  • Hong Kong side (To be confirmed)

Teacher Information

Dr ELBESHLAWY, Ahmed, BA Ain-Shams; MA, PhD HK

About the Teacher


Dr Ahmed is a scholar of comparative literature. His interests cover various aspects of literature, art, and culture. He is the author of America in Literature and Film (2011), Woman in Lars von Trier’s Cinema (2016), Twenty-Five Meditations on Writing and Subjectivity (2019), and has contributed various articles to The Comparatist (2008), female/bodies (2005, 2006), Scope (2008), Sexuality and Culture (2014), Bloomsbury’s Lars von Trier’s Women (2016), The Palgrave Handbook of Literature and the City (2016), The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Urban Literary Studies (2022), and The Bloomsbury Handbook to Literature and Psychoanalysis (2023). He is also the author of three poetry collections. Dr. Ahmed has been an HKU SPACE teacher since 2007.


Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$2,800

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants are required to have reached the age of 18. 
  •  Applicants should have a good reading knowledge of English, a willingness to participate in discussion and, above all, an interest in literature.


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Enrolment Method
Online Application

We provide online application and payment service for students to make enrolment via the Internet. Enrolment will be confirmed once students have made the payment online by using either PPS or credit card.

By Post / In Person

Applicants are required to complete the Application for Enrolment Form SF26.  Either take or post the completed form, along with the appropriate course fee and supporting documents, to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.

Payment Method
1. Cash or EPS

Course fees can be paid by cash or EPS at any HKU SPACE enrolment counters.

2. Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and applicant’s name. You may either:

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Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or MasterCard, including the “HKU SPACE MasterCard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE MasterCard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

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