The Short Story: An Introduction

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Edinburgh University Press, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 291 pages
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This new general introduction emphasises the importance of the short story to an understanding of modern fiction.In twenty succinct chapters, the study paints a complete portrait of the short story - its history, culture, aesthetics and economics. European innovators such as Chekhov, Flaubert and Kafka are compared to Irish, New Zealand and British practitioners such as Joyce, Mansfield and Carter as well as writers in the American tradition, from Hawthorne and Poe to Barthelme and Carver.Fresh attention is paid to experimental, postcolonial and popular fiction alongside developments in Anglo-American, Hispanic and European literature. Critical approaches to the short story are debated and reassessed, while discussion of the short story is related to contemporary critical theory. In what promises to be essential reading for students and academics, the study sets out to prove that the short story remains vital to the emerging culture of the twenty-first century.

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Contents

From FolkTale to ArtTale I
12
Poe O Henry and the WellMade Story
32
The Anthology and Its Uses
53
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Paul March-Russell is Honorary Lecturer in Comparative Literature at the University of Kent, Canterbury.

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