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Table Of Contents

Riddles, Hoaxes and Conundrums
Memory, Modernity and Orality
Poe, O. Henry and the Well-Made Story
Economies of Scale: The Short Story in England
Brought to Book: The Anthology and Its Uses
Between the Lines: Dissidence and the Short Story
Enclosed Readings: The Short Story and the Academy
Modernism and the Short Story
The Short Story Cycle
Character Parts: Identity in the Short Story
Localities: Centres and Margins
Tales of the City
Romance and the Fragment
Ghost Stories and Other Hauntings
Popular Short Fictions
The Experimental Text
Postmodernism and the Short Story
Minimalism/Dirty Realism/ Hyperrealism
Voyages Out: The Postcolonial Short Story
Bibliography
Index
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The Short Story an Introduction

The Short Story an Introduction

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Published by amb8ey
The aim of this new introduction is two-fold. First, it introduces the
development of the international short story from its folktale origins
to the present day, and second, it relates the short story to cultural
debates that will also introduce the reader to areas of critical and
theoretical discussion. To achieve this aim, the book is structured in
twenty chapters that work thematically rather than chronologically.
Consequently, although I have strived for inclusion, I have not sought
to be comprehensive. There are regrettable omissions – some of
which I allude to in the text – while some notable writers are reduced
to passing comment. Equally, other writers, too often overlooked by
the narrow focus of short story theory, receive greater prominence.
This decision has been infl uenced by the argument that underwrites
the study, namely, that the making of the short story is central to an
understanding of modern literature and that the short story can be
best understood as a type of fragment. Like the literary fragment, the
short story is prone to snap and to confound readers’ expectations, to delight in its own incompleteness, and to resist definition.
The aim of this new introduction is two-fold. First, it introduces the
development of the international short story from its folktale origins
to the present day, and second, it relates the short story to cultural
debates that will also introduce the reader to areas of critical and
theoretical discussion. To achieve this aim, the book is structured in
twenty chapters that work thematically rather than chronologically.
Consequently, although I have strived for inclusion, I have not sought
to be comprehensive. There are regrettable omissions – some of
which I allude to in the text – while some notable writers are reduced
to passing comment. Equally, other writers, too often overlooked by
the narrow focus of short story theory, receive greater prominence.
This decision has been infl uenced by the argument that underwrites
the study, namely, that the making of the short story is central to an
understanding of modern literature and that the short story can be
best understood as a type of fragment. Like the literary fragment, the
short story is prone to snap and to confound readers’ expectations, to delight in its own incompleteness, and to resist definition.

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Published by: amb8ey on Feb 19, 2012
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