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The American Short Story since 1950

The American Short Story since 1950

by Kasia Boddy

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Overview

The American Short Story since 1950 offers a reappraisal and contextualisation of a critically underrated genre during a particularly rich period in its history. It offers new readings of important stories by key writers including Flannery O'Connor, John Cheever, Donald Barthelme, Raymond Carver, Lorrie Moore and Grace Paley. These readings are related throughout to the various contexts in which stories are written and published, including creative writing schools, story-writing handbooks, mass market and 'little' magazines. A long introduction tells the story of the American short story before 1950. The first four chapters are roughly chronological, covering the major trends (such as realism, fabulism and minimalism) in short fiction from the 1950s to 2000. The fifth explores the implications for the short story of its association with creative writing education. The sixth deals with the short story sequence since 1950. A conclusion surveys the state of short fiction today.Key Features*explores a particularly rich period in the history of the short story *offers close-readings of important stories by major writers including Flannery O'Connor, John Cheever, William Gass, Donald Barthelme, Raymond Carver, Denis Johnson, Junot Díaz, Edward P. Jones, Grace Paley, Sherman Alexie, David Foster Wallace, Gish Jen, Lorrie Moore, David Bezmozgis and Lydia Davis* draws on previously unpublished interviews with many of these writers*explores the contexts in which stories are written and published, including story-writing handbooks, mass market and 'little' magazines, creative writing workshops*considers the short story in relation to a variety of literary modes and trends such as realism, metafiction and minimalism, and to other forms, especially the novel and the lyric poem


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ISBN-13: 9780748627660
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 08/31/2010
Series: BAAS Paperbacks
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kasia Boddy teaches in the English Department at University College London. She is the author of Boxing: A Cultural History (2008) and numerous articles on American literature, and the co-editor of three anthologies.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

Introduction: The American Short Story to 1950 1

1 How to Write Short Stories 19

2 The New Yorker Short Story at Mid-Century 37

3 Experimental Fiction in the 1960s and 1970s 55

4 'Experiment is Out, Concern is In' 84

5 Turning Points and the American Short Story Today 100

6 Sequences and Accumulations 117

Conclusion 143

Bibliography 154

Index 171

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