The Art of Brevity

Though Anglo-American scholars have served as the primary developers of contemporary short story theory since the field's inception in the 1960s, this volume adds the contributions of scholars living in other parts of the world.

Author: Per Winther

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 1570035571

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 212

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The Art of Brevity gathers fresh ideas about the theory and writing of short fiction from around the globe to produce an international, inclusive exploration of the steadily growing field of short story studies. Though Anglo-American scholars have served as the primary developers of contemporary short story theory since the field's inception in the 1960s, this volume adds the contributions of scholars living in other parts of the world. Such Anglo-American pioneers as Mary Rohrberger, Charles May, Susan Lohafer, and John Gerlach join with short fiction scholars at universities in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Canada to build academic bridges and expand the field, geographically as well as conceptually. Contributors to the volume weave together themes of time, space, compression, mystery, reader response, and narrative closure. They discuss writers as varied as Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Sarah Orne Jewett, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Ernest Hemingway, Mavis Gallant, Flannery O'Connor, Eudora Welty, Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, and Robert Olen Butler. the nineteenth-century queer short story, and contemporary Danish short shorts.

The Art of the Text

... Bowie,'Postlude: Proustand the art of brevity', in The Cambridge Companion to Proust (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001), pp. 216–29.

Author: Susan R Harrow

Publisher: University of Wales Press

ISBN: 9780708326602

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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The Art of the Text contributes to the fast-developing dialogue between textual studies and visual culture studies. It focuses on the processes through which writers think and readers respond visually and, in essays by researchers in literature, screen and visual studies, the volume explores the visuality of the literary and non-literary text, with a sustained focus on French material of the later nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Visuality is appraised here not as a state, but as a set of processes of adaptation, resistance, negotiation, and transformation. By reading visually, the contributors here reactivate the visual-textual relations of canonical texts - from Romanticism to Naturalism, Surrealism to high Modernism; from film to fan literature, television to picture language.

Frank Bettger s How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success

tHoMas JeFFerson Master tHe art oF BreVIty 36 Apparently one of Bettger's best friends took him aside one day and said, 'Frank, I can't ask you a question ...

Author: Karen McCreadie

Publisher: Infinite Ideas

ISBN: 9781906821319

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 128

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Frank Bettger's momentous decision to undergo a complete personal transformation by putting enthusiasm into everything he did helped him achieve legendary status as an insurance salesman. This work illustrates the timeless nature of Bettger's insights by bringing them to life through 52 modern case studies.

The Latin American Short Story at its Limits

Stuart Sillars, 'The Illustrated Short Story', in The Art of Brevity, ed. by Winther, Lothe and Skei, pp. 70-80. 37. Nadine Gordimer, 'The Flash of ...

Author: Lucy Bell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351543064

Category: Foreign Language Study


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The Latin American short story has often been viewed in terms of its relation to orality, tradition and myth. But this desire to celebrate the difference of Latin American culture unwittingly contributes to its exoticization, failing to do justice to its richness, complexity and contemporaneity. By re-reading and re-viewing the short stories of Juan Rulfo, Julio Cortazar and Augusto Monterroso, Bell reveals the hybridity of this genre. It is at once rooted in traditional narrative and fragmented by modern experience; its residual qualities are revived through emergent forms. Crucially, its oral and mythical characteristics are compounded with the formal traits of modern, emerging media: photography, cinema, telephony, journalism, and cartoon art.

Making Sense of Narrative Text

In Per Winther, Jakob Lothe, and Hans H. Skei, eds., The Art of Brevity, Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 56–69. Winther, Per, Jakob Lothe, ...

Author: Michael Toolan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317224594

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

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This book takes the following question as its starting point: What are some of the crucial things the reader must do in order to make sense of a literary narrative? The book is a study of the texture of narrative fiction, using stylistics, corpus linguistic principles (especially Hoey’s work on lexical patterning), narratological ideas, and cognitive stylistic work by Werth, Emmott, and others. Michael Toolan explores the textual/grammatical nature of fictional narratives, critically re-examining foundational ideas about the role of lexical patterning in narrative texts, and also engages the cognitive or psychological processes at play in literary reading. The study grows out of the theoretical questions that stylistic analyses of extended fictional texts raise, concerning the nature of narrative comprehension and the reader’s experience in the course of reading narratives, and particularly concerning the role of language in that comprehension and experience. The ideas of situation, repetition and picturing are all central to the book’s argument about how readers process story, and Toolan also considers the ethical and emotional involvement of the reader, developing hypotheses about the text-linguistic characteristics of the most ethically and emotionally involving portions of the stories examined. This book makes an important contribution to the study of narrative text and is in dialogue with recent work in corpus stylistics, cognitive stylistics, and literary text and texture.


The point is not just to cram as much as possible into a line, though practicing the art of economy is always useful. Making a few words stand in for a ...

Author: David Galef

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231543132

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 160

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In Brevity, David Galef provides a guide to writing flash fiction, from tips on technique to samples by canonical and contemporary authors to provocative prompts that inspire powerful stories in a little space. Galef traces the genre back to its varied origins, from the short-short to nanofiction, with examples that include vignettes, prose poems, character sketches, fables, lists, twist stories, surrealism, and metafiction. The authors range from the famous, such as Colette and Borges, to today's voices, like Roxane Gay and Bruce Holland Rogers. A writer and longtime creative writing teacher, Galef also shows how flash fiction skills translate to other types of writing. Brevity is an indispensable resource for anyone working in this increasingly popular form. For more information, see

The Art and Thought of John La Farge

Its brevity and belatedness have combined, perhaps, to make it too ideologically transparent for scholarly use.76 Thus “American” art, because it is defined ...

Author: Katie Kresser

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351546454

Category: Art

Page: 236

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The Art and Thought of John La Farge: Picturing Authenticity in Gilded Age America offers an unprecedented portrait of one of the most celebrated artists of the Gilded Age and opens a window onto nineteenth-century American culture. The book reveals how the work of John La Farge contributed to a rich philosophical dialogue concerning the trustworthiness of human perception. In his struggle against a 'common truth' of iconic symbols presented by a new mass visual culture, La Farge developed a subversive approach to visual representation that focused attention not on the artwork itself, but on the complex, real encounter of artist, subject and medium from which the artwork came. Katie Kresser charts La Farge's efforts to assert his own reality - his own intrinsic uniqueness - in a postwar society that increasingly based personal identity on standardized vocational labels and economic productivity. La Farge's work is contrasted with that of Kenyon Cox, James Whistler and Henry Adams, all of whom (for La Farge) had fallen prey to the crass new visual environment - albeit in very different ways. This innovative study suggests that La Farge dealt with issues still relevant in a world characterized by ubiquitous mass media and the proliferation of 'normative' visions.

Life Is Short Art Is Shorter

Life Is Short—Art Is Shorter is not just the first anthology to gather both mini-essays and short-short stories; readers, writers, and teachers will get will get an anthology; a course’s worth of writing exercises; a rally for ...

Author: David Shields

Publisher: Hawthorne Books

ISBN: 9780990437048

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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Life Is Short—Art Is Shorter is not just the first anthology to gather both mini-essays and short-short stories; readers, writers, and teachers will get will get an anthology; a course’s worth of writing exercises; a rally for compression, concision, and velocity in an increasingly digital, post-religious age; and a meditation on the brevity of human existence. 1. We are mortal beings. 2. There is no god. 3. We live in a digital culture. 4. Art is related to the body and to the culture. 5. Art should reflect these things. 6. Brevity rules. The book’s 40 contributors include Donald Barthelme, Kate Chopin, Lydia Davis, Annie Dillard, Jonathan Safran Foer, Barry Hannah, Amy Hempel, Jamaica Kincaid, Wayne Koestenbaum, Anne Lamott, Daphne Merkin, Rick Moody, Dinty W. Moore, George Orwell, Jayne Anne Phillips, George Saunders, Lauren Slater, James Tate, and Paul Theroux.


(This is not to deny that practitioners of the art of formal syntax can also be practitioners of psycholinguistics. In the latter role they may have ideas ...

Author: Laurence Goldstein

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199664986

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 353

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Brevity in conversation is a window to the workings of the mind. It is both a multifaceted topic of deep philosophical importance and a phenomenon that serves as a testing ground for theories in linguistics, psycholinguistics and computer modeling. Speakers use elliptical constructions and exploit salient features of the conversational environment, a process of pragmatic enrichment, so as to pack a great deal into a few words. They also tailor their words to theirparticular conversational partners. In Brevity, distinguished linguists, philosophers and cognitive scientists shed new light on economy in discourse. The book will appeal to linguists, philosophers, and psychologists at advanced undergraduate level and above.

Brevity and Brilliancy in Chess

World . 2 vols . Haupt on Bridge Construction . The Navigation of all " Ages . 2 llaven's Where There's a Will There's vols . a Way . The Art ...

Author: Miron James Hazeltine



Category: Chess

Page: 249

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The Brevity of the Selves

We are the defenders from fire, of the art which has ... There is just no accounting for taste! White boys will. 79 The Brevity of the Selves.

Author: Lincoln Park


ISBN: 9780615166858

Category: Fiction

Page: 148

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With her popularity crossing over color-lines, celebrated novelist, LiNCOLN PARK and her prolific parables of modern, Africentric fiction episodes are being heralded by a mounting faction of mainstream literati. THE BREVITY OF THE SELVES is Park's second, sensational work! Throughout this mesmeric tale, you will ride a written roller-coaster of larger-than-life chronicles with the book's central character, Candace Odom. Turn the pages of this book and find yourself trapped in Candace's convoluted universe; a world awash with adventure, countenance, deviance, exuberance and tenacity. With her invigorating wit and dark, trademark pen, Park easily and expertly stretches her readers' imaginations over her literary loom; weaving yet, another yarn of pure, AFRoPuLP genius! "LiNCOLN PARK is a gifted writer." -- The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers

The Art of Literature

The law of simplicity and naïveté holds good of all fine art ; for it is quite possible to be at once simple and sublime . True brevity of expression ...

Author: Arthur Schopenhauer

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486434419

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 114

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Apart from his fame as a great philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer ranks among Germany's best writers. Profound and witty, these essays reflect the power of his sparkling prose as he analyzes elements of literature and the literary scene. Schopenhauer's observations on style, criticism, reputation, and genius constitute a handbook on writing that has enduring value.

The Art of Literature

The law of simplicity and naïvety holds good of all fine art ; for it is quite possible to be at once simple and sublime . True brevity of expression ...

Author: Arthur Schopenhauer


ISBN: UOM:39015065774492

Category: Literature


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Elements of the Art of Rhetoric

Brevity is opposed to clearness whenever , 1. Through want of copious and ample illustration , the thought is not held up sufficiently long before the mind ...

Author: Henry Noble Day


ISBN: MSU:31293102313529

Category: English language

Page: 324

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