A Companion to the American Short Story

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John Wiley & Sons, Aug 24, 2020 - Literary Criticism - 536 pages

A COMPANION TO THE AMERICAN SHORT STORY

A Companion to the American Short Story traces the development of this versatile literary genre over the past two centuries. Written by leading critics in the field, and edited by two major scholars, it explores a wide range of writers, from Edgar Allen Poe and Edith Wharton, at the end of the nineteenth century to important modern writers such as Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Richard Wright. Contributions with a broader focus address groups of multiethnic, Asian, and Jewish writers. Each chapter places the short story into context, focusing on the interaction of cultural forces and aesthetic principles.

The Companion takes account of cutting edge approaches to literary studies and contributes to the ongoing redefinition of the American canon, embracing genres such as ghost and detective fiction, cycles of interrelated short fiction, and comic, social and political stories. The volume also reflects the diverse communities that have adopted this literary form and made it their own, featuring entries on a variety of feminist and multicultural traditions. This volume presents an important new consideration of the role of the short story in the literary history of American literature.

 

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Contents

Poe and the American Short Story
20
A Guide to Melvilles Bartleby the Scrivener
35
Hawthorne and the American
50
Charles W Chesnutt and the Fictions of a New America
68
A Colonial Formation
91
Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Feminist Tradition
105
The Short Stories of Edith Wharton
118
The Transition into the New Century
133
Structure Narrative
295
Richard Wright on Perspective
316
John Updike
345
Raymond Carver in the TwentyFirst Century
366
MultiEthnic Female Identity and Denise Chávezs The Last
380
Landscape as Haven in American Womens Short Stories
391
The American Ghost Story
408
The Detective Story
425

Kate Chopin
152
Frank Norris and Jack London
171
Nineteenth
187
A Period of Innovation and Continuity
217
William Faulkners Short Stories
244
Theory and Practice
277
The Jewish American Story
450
The Multiethnic American Short Story
466
Should I Stay or Should I Go? American Restlessness
482
Index
502
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Alfred Bendixen has taught at Princeton University, Texas A&M University, California State University – Los Angeles, and Barnard College. He is best known as the founder and Executive Director of the American Literature Association. His recent work focuses on the development of genre in a democratic society and includes The Cambridge Companion to American Travel Writing, co-edited with Judith Hamera (2009); A Companion to the American Novel (Blackwell 2012); The Cambridge History of American Poetry, co-edited with Stephen Burt (2015); and The Centrality of Crime Fiction in American Literary Culture, co-edited with Olivia Carr Edenfield (Routledge 2017).

James Nagel is the Eidson Distinguished Professor of American Literature Emeritus at the University of Georgia. From 2012 to 2018 he served as Resident Scholar at Dartmouth College. Early in his career he founded the scholarly journal Studies in American Fiction and the widely influential series Critical Essays on American Literature. Among his 24 books are Stephen Crane and Literary Impressionism, Hemingway in Love and War (which was made into a Hollywood film directed by Lord Richard Attenborough), The Contemporary American Short-Story Cycle, and Race and Culture in New Orleans Stories. He has published some 80 articles in the field, and he has lectured on American literature in 17 countries.

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