The short story remains a crucial - if neglected - part of British literary heritage. This accessible and up-to-date critical overview maps out the main strands and figures that shaped the British short story and novella from the 1850s to the present. It offers new readings of both classic and forgotten texts in a clear, jargon-free way.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: What is a Short Story?.- PART I.- Introducing the Victorian and Edwardian Short Story.- Victorian Sensations: Supernatural and Weird Tales.- New Woman Short Stories.- Imperial Adventures and Colonial Tales.- PART II.- Introducing the Twentieth-Century Short Story.- The Short Story and the Great War.- Experiment and Continuity: The Modernist Short Story.- The Short Story and Genre Fiction: The Strange Case of the Same Old, Same Old Story.- PART III.- 1945 and After: An Introduction to the Post-war Short Story.- Women's Stories, 1940s to the Present.- Multiculturalism and Relationships: The British Short Story Today.- Bibliography.