Narrative Fiction: An Introduction and Anthology

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Harcourt Brace College Publishers, Sep 13, 1993 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 816 pages
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Narrative Fiction: An Introduction and Anthology provides a gateway into the narrative form. Drawing from the rich heritage of many cultures, this anthology begins by considering often neglected forms of narration such as myth, tale, epic, and romance. Its brief section on poetry demonstrates that verse, too, can be narrative. Finally, its generous selection of short stories and one novel illustrate the most recent realization of the narrative. Narrative Fiction: An Introduction and Anthology provides a basis for richer understanding and appreciation of the contemporary short story and novel.

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Kelley Griffith earned a BA from Wake Forest University and an MA and PhD in English from the University of Pennsylvania. In his 34-year teaching career at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, he taught courses in composition, American literature, English literature, European literature, and literary research. In 1996 he won the Alumni Teaching Excellence Award, UNCGreensboro's top honor for outstanding teaching. He is the author of two textbooks, Narrative Fiction: An Introduction and Anthology (Harcourt Brace, 1994) and Writing Essays about Literature: A Guide and Style Sheet (Wadsworth Cengage Learning), soon to appear in its ninth edition. Upon his retirement in 2002, he completed the Fine and Creative Woodworking Program at Rockingham Community College and now makes custom furniture. Examples of his work can be seen at He continues to be a deeply engaged reader of literature and maintains a strong interest in literary theory and pedagogy. On occasion he teaches non-credit courses at UNCG. In his new career he has been struck by how the skills required for interpreting and writing about literature mesh with those for operating a small business and making furniture. These skills include such things as analyzing complicated structures, doing research, solving problems, thinking systematically, and communicating clearly and persuasively to a general audience.

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