Short Fiction: Classic and Contemporary / Edition 6

Short Fiction: Classic and Contemporary / Edition 6

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Short Fiction: Classic and Contemporary / Edition 6

This book is an exceptionally wide-ranging alphabetically arranged collection of stories spanning all genres of short fiction. It includes myth, fairy tale, humor, western, detective, Magic Realism, gothic, fantasy, folktale, and film. This edition presents a wide variety of selections by writers from diverse backgrounds that represent a true cross-section of the population and represent a broader, more current selection of contemporary fiction. Features a variety of relatively new writers and some older writers whose work is gaining new audiences: T. C. Boyle, Alice Carey, Oscar Cesares, Charles Chetnutt, E. M Forster, Nikolai Leskov, Mary McCarthy, Jonathan Nolan, Dorothy Parker, Banana Yoshimoto, and Anzia Yezierska. Includes new works to the context readings essays or excerpts from non-fiction section: by Walter Benjamin, Raymond Carver, E.M. Forester, and Joyce Carol Oates, all great critics and theorists of narrative. Stresses women writers, writers of color, and gay and lesbian writers:includes works by Isabel Allande, Sandra Cisneros, Ana Castillo, Leslie Dick, Mary Wilkins Freeman, Mary Gaitskill, Susan Glaspell, Gish Jen, Mary Shelley, Leslie Marmon Silko, Susan Sontag, Jeanette Winterson, Sherman Alexie, Julio Cortázar, Carlos Fuentes, Ernest J. Gaines, Dagoberto Gilb, Hanif Kureishi, Tomás Rivera, Salman Rushdie and more. For literature and film enthusiasts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780131916753
Publisher: Longman
Publication date: 02/28/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 1440
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents


The Truth of Fiction. The Experience of Fiction. The Elements of Fiction. The Interpretation of Fiction.


Who Are We as Readers? What Kind of Story Are We Reading? Asking Questions about the Story. Keeping a Reading Journal. Annotating a Story with Personal Impressions. Annotating a Story for the Elements of Fiction.


Dead Men's Path , Chinua Achebe.

A Bicycle , Iqbal Ahmad.

Because My Father Always Said He Was the Only Indian Who Saw Jimi Hendrix Play “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Woodstock , Sherman Alexie.

And of Clay Are We Created , Isabel Allende.

I'm Working on My Charm, Dorothy Allison.

I Want to Know Why , Sherwood Anderson.

Rape Fantasies , Margaret Atwood.

Sonny's Blues , James Baldwin.

A Passion in the Desert , Honoré de Balzac.

The Lesson , Toni Cade Bambara.

A City of Churches , Donald Barthelme.

What Was Mine, Ann Beattie

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge , Ambrose Bierce.

The Other Duel , Jorge Luis Borges.

Greasy Lake , T. Coraghessan Boyle.

The Pride of Sarah Worthington , Alice Carey.

The Werewolf , Angela Carter.

A Writer in Depth: Cathedral, Ramond Carver. Errand, Ramond Carver. A Small, Good Thing, Raymond Carver.

Yolanda , Oscar Casares.

Paul's Case, Willa Cather.

The Swimmer , John Cheever.

A Writer in Depth: The Darling, Anton Chekhov. Gooseberries, Anton Chekhov. The Lady with the Dog, Anton Chekhov.

T he Doll , Charles Chesnutt.

A Writer in Depth: Regret, Kate Chopin. A Respectable Woman, Kate Chopin. The Story of an Hour, Kate Chopin.

Barbie-Q , Sandra Cisneros.

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County , Samuel Clemens.

The Other Wife , Colette.

The Heart of Darkness , Joseph Conrad.

Axolotl , Julio Cortázar.

The Open Boat , Stephen Crane.

We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, Philip K. Dick.

The Blue Jar , Isak Dinesen.

A Writer in Depth: Battle Royal, Ralph Ellison. King of the Bingo Game, Ralph Ellison. A Party down at the Square, Ralph Ellison.

Dry September, William Faulkner.

A Rose for Emily , William Faulkner.

A Scrap of Time , Ida Fink.

Babylon Revisited , F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Mr. Andrews, E.M. Forster.

Old Woman Magoun , Mary Wilkins Freeman.

Chac-Mool , Carlos Fuentes.

Tiny, Smiling Daddy , Mary Gaitskill.

Tuesday Siesta , Gabriel García Márquez.

Johnny Mnemonic, William Gibson.

Hollywood ! , Dagoberto Gilb.

The Yellow Wallpaper , Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

A Jury of Her Peers , Susan Glaspell.

The Overcoat , Nikolai Gogol.

The Life of the Imagination , Nadine Gordimer.

The Birthmark , Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Young Goodman Brown , Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Looking for a Rain God , Bessie Head.

Hills Like White Elephant , Ernest Hemingway.

Soldier's Home , Ernest Hemingway.

Spunk , Zora Neale Hurston.

The Lottery , Shirley Jackson.

The Real Thing , Henry James.

A White Heron, Sarah Orne Jewett

Car Crash While Hitchiking , Denis Johnson.

Araby , James Joyce.

The Dead , James Joyce.

A Writer in Depth: The Country Doctor, Frans Kafka. The Hunger Artist, Frans Kafka. The Metamorphosis, Frans Kafka

Girl , Jamaica Kincaid.

Not a Good Girl, Perri Klass

Let the Old Dead Make Room for the Young Dead , Milan Kundera.

My Son the Fanatic , Hanif Kureishi.

My Vocation , Mary Lavin.

The Rocking-Horse Winner , D.H. Lawrence.

Gravity , David Leavitt.

The Professor's Houses , Ursula K. Le Guin.

A Sunrise on the Veld , Doris Lessing.

To Build a Fire , Jack London.

Half a Day , Naguib Mahfouz.

A Dill Pickle , Katherine Mansfield.

Miss Brill , Katherine Mansfield.

Shiloh , Bobbie Ann Mason.

The Outstation , W. Somerset Maugham.

The Necklace , Guy de Maupassant.

Bartleby the Scrivener , Herman Melville.

Patriotism , Yukio Mishima.

A Father , Bharati Mukherjee.

The Passenger , Vladimir Nabokov.

Momento Mori , Jonathan Nolan.

A Writer In Depth: Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?, Joyce Carol Oates. Shopping, Joyce Carol Oates. Why Don’t You Come Live with Me It’s Time, Joyce Carol Oates.

The Things They Carried , Tim O'Brien.

A Good Man Is Hard to Find, Flannery O'Connor.

Guests of the Nation , Frank O'Connor.

I Stand Here Ironing , Tillie Olsen.

A Conversation with My Father , Grace Paley.

A Writer in Depth: The Cask of Amontillado, Edgar Allan Poe. The Fall of the House of Usher, Edgar Allan Poe. The Purloined Letter, Edgar Allan Poe.

The Flowering Judas , Katerine Anne Porter.

The Grave , Katherine Anne Porter.

An Evening Meal , Reynolds Price.

And the Earth Did Not Devour Him , Tomás Rivera.

Good Advice Is Rarer Than Rubies , Salman Rushdie.

The Lady of the Manor of Longeville, or a Woman's Revenge , Donatien Alphonse Francois compte de Sade.

Erostratus , Jean Paul Sartre.

A Writer in Depth: Lullaby, Leslie Marmon Silko. Storyteller, Leslie Marmon Silko. Yellow Woman, Leslie Marmon Silko.

Gimpel the Fool , Isaac Bashevis Singer.

Dummy , Susan Sontag.

The Chrysanthemums , John Steinbeck.

A Pair of Tickets , Amy Tan.

The Death of Ivan Ilych , Leo Tolstoy.

A&P , John Updike.

The Verb to Kill , Luisa Valenzuela.

The Moths , Helena María Viramontes.

A Writer in Depth: Roselily, Alice Walker. To Hell with Dying, Alice Walker. The Welcome Table, Alice Walker.

Suicide as a Sort of Present , David Foster Wallace.

A Petrified Man , Eudora Welty.

A Worn Path , Eudora Welty.

Mrs. Manstey’s View , Edith Wharton.

Damballah , John Edgar Wideman.

The Use of Force , William Carlos Williams.

Newton , Jeanette Winterson.

Kew Gardens , Virginia Woolf.

The Man Who Was Almost a Man , Richard Wright.

Love Songs , Banana Yoshimoto.

Hunger , Anzia Yezierska.


Kokura , Mary-Kim Arnold and Mathew Derby.

Reach , Michael Joyce.

Context: From Hypertext Narrative, Michael Joyce.

Ferris Wheel , Deena Larsen.


Context, Dorothy Allison.

Summary Observations on the Short Story , Harold Bloom.

From The Storyteller, Walter Benjamin.

About the Story "Errand", Raymond Carver.

From His Letters, Anton Chekhov.

On Certain Brisk, Bright Days , Kate Chopin.

Stephen Crane's Own Story , Stephen Crane.

What America Would Be Like without Blacks , Ralph Ellison.

The Crack-Up , F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Plot , E.M. Forester.

Let Me Tell a Story Now… , Bessie Head.

Biography of a Story , Shirley Jackson.

From Hypertext Narrative , Michael Joyce.

From Somewhere Behind , Milan Kundera.

From “Where Do You Get Your Ideas From?,” Ursula LeGuin.

A Letter to Richard Murray, Katherine Mansfield

Chekhov's “The Lady with the Little Dog,” Vladimir Nabokov.

Kafka's “The Metamorphosis,” Vladimir Nabokov.

The Making of a Writer , Joyce Carol Oates.

“Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” and Smooth Talk: Short Story into Film , Joyce Carol Oates.

A Reasonable Use of the Unreasonable, Flannery O'Connor.

The Legacy of Gogol's “Overcoat,” Frank O'Connor.

The Brief Prose Tale , Edgar Allan Poe.

The Writing of “Flowering Judas,” Katherine Anne Porter.

Remembering, Discovery, and Volition in the Literary Imagination , Tomás Rivera.

“Commonwealth Literature” Does Not Exist , Salman Rushdie.

From “For Whom Does One Write,” Jean Paul Sartre.

Through the Story We Hear Who We Are , Leslie Marmon Silko.

From Against Interpretation, Susan Sontag.

An Interview with Eudora Welty , Alice Walker.

The Old Artist: Notes on Mr. Sweet , Alice Walker.

Act Natural , David Foster Wallace.

Is Phoenix Jackson 's Grandson Really Dead?, Eudora Welty.

From A Work of My Own , Jeanette Winterson.

From Craftsmanship, Virginia Woolf.


The Formalist, New Critical Approach. The Biographical Approach. The Historical and New Historicist Approaches. The Psychological Approach. The Mythological Approach. The Sociological/Marxist Approach. The Feminist Approach and Gender Studies. The Ecocritical Approach. The Reader Response Approach. The Structuralist and Post-Structuralist Approaches.


Listening to, Reading, and Viewing Stories. Language and the Language of Film. Narrative Structure, Narrative Rhythm–Plot. Mise-en-Scene–Character, Conflict, Setting. Mise-en-Shot–Point of View, Language, and Tone. Adapting Short Fiction into Film. A List of Short Fictions and Filmed Adaptations.


Think about Your Purpose. Think about Your Reader. Think about Your Critical Approach. Develop a Thesis. Return to the Story. Review Biographical, Historical, and Critical Sources. Decide on Organization. Write a Draft. Revise and Edit. Prepare the Final Draft. Sample Student Essays.

Glossary of Terms for Short Fiction.

Chronological List of Writers and Titles.


Index of Titles.

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