American Women Short Story Writers: A Collection of Critical Essays

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Julie Brown
Psychology Press, 2000 - Literary Collections - 367 pages
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This collection of original and classic essays examines the contributions that female authors have made to the short story. The introductory chapter discusses why genre critics have ignored works by women and why feminist scholars have ignored the short story genre. Subsequent chapters discuss early stories by such authors as Lydia Maria Child and Rose Terry Cooke. Others are devoted to the influences (race, class, sexual orientation, education) that have shaped women's short fiction through the years. Women's special stylistic, formal and thematic concerns are also discussed in this study. The final essay addresses the ways our contemporary creative-writing classes are stifling the voices of emerging young female authors. The collection includes an extensive five-part bibliography.
 

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Contents

Lydia Maria
3
Rose Terry Cookes
17
An Examination of Her Work
33
Fantastic Elements in the Short Fiction
61
Representations of Female Authorship in Turnofthe
85
Lesbian Magazine Fiction in the Early Twentieth
99
Martha Wolfensteins Idyls of the Gass and the Dilemma
121
Fannie Hursts Short Stories of Working WomenOats
137
Society and Self in Alice Walkers In Love and Trouble
209
Denise
235
Dorothy Parkers Perpetual Motion
251
Historicizing
267
Reimagining the Masters Or
281
The Case of the NovelinStories
295
Gender and Voice in
311
Bibliography of Primary Sources
323

Mary Austin
153
Keres Traditions in the Short Fiction
167
In Search of African American
191

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Julie Brown , (PhD., University of Winsconsin-Milwaukee) is an English professor at Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Oregon, where she teaches American literature, creative writing, and composition.