The Contemporary American Short story Cycle

Author: James Nagel
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ISBN: 9780807126608
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Essential intellectual background for understanding a venerable literary tradition as it is practiced today The short-story cycle - a literary genre as ancient as A Thousand and One Nights and as modern as James Joyce's Dubliners - has rapidly ascended over the last twenty years to become one of the dominant forms in American fiction. Most scholars and book reviewers, however, lack awareness of the short-story cycle's rich legacy in this country and consistently misconstrue new works of the genre as novels. James Nagel offers the first systematic history and definition of the story cycle as exemplified in contemporary American fiction, bringing attention to the format's wide appeal among various ethnic groups. Differentiating the cycle from the more tightly unified novel on one side and the less coherent story collection on the other, Nagel examines in detail eight recent manifestations of the short-story cycle genre; Love Medicine, by Louise Erdrich; Annie John, by Jamaica Kincaid; Monkeys, by Susan Minot; The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros; The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien; How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, by Julia Alvarez; The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Ta

A Companion to the American Short Story

Author: Alfred Bendixen
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781444319927
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A Companion to the American Short Story traces the development of this versatile literary genre over the past 200 years. Sets the short story in context, paying attention to the interaction of cultural forces and aesthetic principles Contributes to the ongoing redefinition of the American canon, with close attention to the achievements of women writers as well as such important genres as the ghost story and detective fiction Embraces diverse traditions including African-American, Jewish-American, Latino, Native-American, and regional short story writing Includes a section focused on specific authors and texts, from Edgar Allen Poe to John Updike

Constructing Coherence in the British Short Story Cycle

Author: Patrick Gill
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351382136
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The first major collection of essays on the contemporary British short story cycle, this volume offers in-depth explorations of the genre by comparing its strategies for creating coherence with those of the novel and the short story collection, inquiring after the ties that bind individual short stories into a cycle. A section on theory approaches the form from the point of view of genre theory, cognitive literary studies, and book studies. It is followed by investigations of hitherto neglected aspects of the generic tradition of the British short story cycle and how they relate to the contemporary outlook of the form. Readings of individual contemporary cycles, illustrating the form’s multifaceted uses from the presentation of sexual identities to politics and trauma, make up the third and most substantial part of the volume, placing its focus squarely on the past decades. Unique in its combination of a focus on the literary traditions, politics and markets of the UK with a thorough examination of the genre’s manifold formal and thematic potentials, the volume explores what is at the heart of the short story cycle as a literary form: the constant negotiation between unity and separateness, collective and individual, of coherence and autonomy.

The short story cycle

Author: Susan Garland Mann
Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group
ISBN: 9780313250811
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"This guide is an excellent beginning for the study of a little-recognized genre. . . ." Choice

The American Short Story Handbook

Author: James Nagel
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118902130
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This is a concise yet comprehensive treatment of the American short story that includes an historical overview of the topic as well as discussion of notable American authors and individual stories, from Benjamin Franklin’s “The Speech of Miss Polly Baker” in 1747 to “The Joy Luck Club”. Includes a selection of writers chosen not only for their contributions of individual stories but for bodies of work that advanced the boundaries of short fiction, including Washington Irving, Sarah Orne Jewett, Stephen Crane, Jamaica Kincaid, and Tim O’Brien Addresses the ways in which American oral storytelling and other narrative traditions were integral to the formation and flourishing of the short story genre Written in accessible and engaging prose for students at all levels by a renowned literary scholar to illuminate an important genre that has received short shrift in scholarly literature of the last century Includes a glossary defining the most common terms used in literary history and in critical discussions of fiction, and a bibliography of works for further study

The American Short Story Cycle

Author: Jennifer J. Smith
Publisher: EUP
ISBN: 9781474423939
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The American Short Story Cycle spans two centuries to tell the history of a genre that includes both major and marginal authors, from Washington Irving through William Faulkner to Jhumpa Lahiri. The short story cycle rose and proliferated because its form compellingly renders the uncertainties that emerge from the twin pillars of modern America culture: individualism and pluralism. Short story cycles reflect how individuals adapt to change, whether it is the railroad coming to the small town in Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio (1919) or social media revolutionizing language in Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad (2010). Combining new formalism in literary criticism with scholarship in American Studies, this book gives a name and theory to the genre that has fostered the aesthetics of fragmentation, as well as recurrence, that characterize fiction today.

Regionalism Modernism and the American Short Story Cycle

Author: Rebecca Emily Berne
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ISBN: 9780549064893
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The short story cycle---a collection of independent and interrelated stories---has become an increasingly popular form, a staple in the diet of contemporary literature and film. The prevalence of the cycle today provides incentive for looking back at the rise of this genre in the United States at the beginning of the twentieth century. This project takes up that challenge, and examines this critically neglected genre to reveal unexplored connections between regionalism, often considered a nineteenth-century phenomenon, and modernism, frequently hailed for its urban bent. This dissertation looks beyond the popular misconception that the genre is a simple compromise, between authors and publishers or between the novel and the short story collection. Instead, I will demonstrate, the short story cycle mobilizes its unique, fragmented form to reconceive regional spaces disrupted themselves by forces of modernization and standardization. Unlike earlier regionalists who tend to depict rural communities nostalgically as a site of origins, Charles W. Chesnutt, Gertrude Stein, Sherwood Anderson, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, and Langston Hughes create what Astradur Eysteinsson has called a modernist "aesthetics of interruption." They employ the cycle's formal peculiarities to interrupt inherited ideas about regional and racial types, the relationship between the observable landscape and the fictional text, and the status of regional identities. Accounting for the circulation of mass culture in the early-twentieth century is integral to understanding these texts, which often pose a challenge to the notion of a so-called great divide. Chesnutt's The Conjure Woman and Hughes's Simple volumes parody novel reading, refusing to conform to the demands of publishers for unity and uniformity. Stein's Three Lives upends the conventions of earlier realism and of popular local color sketches to subvert stereotypes. Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio and Hemingway's In Our Time critique versions of the Midwest offered up by mainstream journalism. And Faulkner's The Unvanquished and Go Down, Moses resist Hollywood's formulaic South. This genre proves to be a valuable lens through which to re-examine crucial and overlooked ties between regionalism and modernism.

Winesburg Ohio

Author: Sherwood Anderson
Publisher: New York : The Modern library
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En skildring af en række frustrerede menneskeskæbner i en lille amerikansk provinsby

Regionalism Modernism and the American Short Story Cycle

Author: Rebecca Berne
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The short story cycle - a collection of independent and interrealted stories - has become an increasingly popular form ... [in] contemporary literature and film. This project ... examines this ... genre to reveal unexplored connections between regionalism, often considered a nineteenth-century phenomenon. and modernism, frequently hailed for its urban bent.