A Companion to the American Short Story / Edition 1

A Companion to the American Short Story / Edition 1

by Alfred Bendixen
     
 

ISBN-10: 1405115432

ISBN-13: 9781405115438

Pub. Date: 03/22/2010

Publisher: Wiley

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405115438
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/22/2010
Series:
Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture Series, #109
Pages:
536
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors viii

Acknowledgments xiv

Part I: The Nineteenth Century 1

1 The Emergence and Development of the American Short Story 3
Alfred Bendixen

2 Poe and the American Short Story 20
Benjamin F. Fisher

3 A Guide to Melville’s “Bartleby, the Scrivener” 35
Steven T. Ryan

4 Towards History and Beyond: Hawthorne and the American Short Story 50
Alfred Bendixen

5 Charles W. Chesnutt and the Fictions of a “New” America 68
Charles Duncan

6 Mark Twain and the American Comic Short Story 78
David E. E. Sloane

7 New England Local-Color Literature: A Colonial Formation 91
Josephine Donovan

8 Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Feminist Tradition of the American Short Story 105
Martha J. Cutter

9 The Short Stories of Edith Wharton 118
Donna Campbell

Part II: The Transition into the New Century 133

10 The Short Stories of Stephen Crane 135
Paul Sorrentino

11 Kate Chopin 152
Charlotte Rich

12 Frank Norris and Jack London 171
Jeanne Campbell Reesman

13 From “Water Drops” to General Strikes: Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Short Fiction and Social Change 187
Andrew J. Furer

Part III: The Twentieth Century 215

14 The Twentieth Century: A Period of Innovation and Continuity 217
James Nagel

15 The Hemingway Story 224
George Monteiro

16 William Faulkner’s Short Stories 244
Hugh Ruppersburg

17 Katherine Anne Porter 256
Ruth M. Alvarez

18 Eudora Welty and the Short Story: Theory and Practice 277
Ruth D. Weston

19 The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald: Structure, Narrative Technique, Style 295
Kirk Curnutt

20 “The Look of the World”: Richard Wright on Perspective 316
Mikko Tuhkanen

21 Small Planets: The Short Fiction of Saul Bellow 328
Gloria L. Cronin

22 John Updike 345
Robert M. Luscher

23 Raymond Carver in the Twenty-First Century 366
Sandra Lee Kleppe

24 Multi-Ethnic Female Identity and Denise Chávez’s The Last of the Menu Girls 380
Karen Weekes

Part IV: Expansive Considerations 389

25 Landscape as Haven in American Women’s Short Stories 391
Leah B. Glasser

26 The American Ghost Story 408
Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

27 The Detective Story 425
Catherine Ross Nickerson

28 The Asian American Short Story 436
Wenying Xu

29 The Jewish American Story 450
Andrew Furman

30 The Multiethnic American Short Story 466
Molly Crumpton Winter

31 “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” American Restlessness and the Short-Story Cycle 482
Jeff Birkenstein

Index 502

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