The New Short Story Theories

The present edition reflects the renaissance in the short story, retaining a few key pieces from the earlier volume, but mostly bringing tog

Author: Charles Edward May


ISBN: UOM:39015032577895

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 337

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A collection of essays that comprises a sourcebook for the study of the short story, originally published in 1976 as Short Story Theories (and cited in BCL3 ). The present edition reflects the renaissance in the short story, retaining a few key pieces from the earlier volume, but mostly bringing tog

Short Story Theories

The aim of this collection is to explore the most recent theoretical issues raised by the short story as a genre and to offer theoretical and practical perspectives on the form.

Author: Viorica Patea


ISBN: 9789401208390


Page: 355

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Short Story Theories: A Twenty-First-Century Perspective problematizes different aspects of the renewal and development of the short story. The aim of this collection is to explore the most recent theoretical issues raised by the short story as a genre and to offer theoretical and practical perspectives on the form. Centering as it does on specific authors and on the wider implications of short story poetics, this collection presents a new series of essays that both reinterpret canonical writers of the genre and advance new critical insights on the most recent trends and contemporary authors. Theorizations about genre reflect on different aspects of the short story from a multiplicity of perspectives and take the form of historical and aesthetic considerations, gender-centered accounts, and examinations that attend to reader-response theory, cognitive patterns, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, postcolonial studies, postmodern techniques, and contemporary uses of minimalist forms. Looking ahead, this collection traces the evolution of the short story from Chaucer through the Romantic writings of Poe to the postmodern developments and into the twenty-first century. This volume will prove of interest to scholars and graduate students working in the fields of the short story and of literature in general. In addition, the readability and analytical transparence of these essays make them accessible to a more general readership interested in fiction.

The Short Story

The short story is one of the most difficult types of prose to write and one of the most pleasurable to read.

Author: Charles E. May

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136747892

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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The short story is one of the most difficult types of prose to write and one of the most pleasurable to read. From Boccaccio's Decameron to The Collected Stories of Reynolds Price, Charles May gives us an understanding of the history and structure of this demanding form of fiction. Beginning with a general history of the genre, he moves on to focus on the nineteenth-century when the modern short story began to come into focus. From there he moves on to later nineteenth-century realism and early twentieth-century formalism and finally to the modern renaissance of the form that shows no signs of abating. A chronology of significant events, works and figures from the genre's history, notes and references and an extensive bibliographic essay with recommended reading round out the volume.

Short Story Theories

A collection of essays by twenty short-story writers and critics, ranging from Poe to Gordimer, offers theoretical analyses of and approaches to the short story, considered as a distinct and significant genre.

Author: Charles Edward May

Publisher: [Athens] : Ohio University Press

ISBN: UCSC:32106001692034

Category: Short story

Page: 251

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A collection of essays by twenty short-story writers and critics, ranging from Poe to Gordimer, offers theoretical analyses of and approaches to the short story, considered as a distinct and significant genre.

The Short Short Story

In The New Short Story Theories, edited by Charles May. Athens: Ohio University Press. Harris, Wendell V. 1994. “Vision and Form: The English Novel and the ...

Author: José Flávio Nogueira Guimarães

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing

ISBN: 9781622129980

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 79

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This book proposes a study of a new postmodern prose fiction genre, the short-short story. Considerations of generic classifications and boundaries are followed by an historical overview and analysis of short fiction from the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries, especially under the influence of the Russian Anton Chekhov, who is regarded as the father of the modern short story. The postmodern short-short story is seen as emerging from this trend, a hybrid genre with characteristics of the narrative language of her prose genres such as the short story and the journalistic writing. The cluster of features, such as condensation, lack of character development, surprise endings, etc., which is seen as characteristic of the short-short story, are discussed, and ten examples are summarized and analyzed, including two traditional short stories for contrast. It is seen that the short-short story may be further broken into what is called “the new sudden fiction” and the even shorter and more radical “flash fiction.”

Edinburgh Companion to the Short Story in English

The New Short Story Theories (Athens: Ohio University Press, 1994), pp. 147–64. Gourgouris, Stathis, Does Literature Think? Literature as Theory for an ...

Author: Paul Delaney

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474400664

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 316

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The first scholarly edition of Stevenson's essays, involving a full and comparative examination of manuscripts, magazine and volume publications

The Short Story

Reprinted in The New Short Story Theories edited by Charles E. May, 73-80. Athens Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1994. —. “Introduction,” The Short-Story ...

Author: Ailsa Cox

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443807524

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

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Long regarded as an undervalued and marginalised genre, the short story is undergoing a renaissance. The Short Story celebrates its unique appeal. Practitioners and scholars address the issues facing short story criticism in the 21st century. Author A.L. Kennedy shares the pleasures and frustrations of writing the short story in the literary marketplace. This is followed by an assessment of recent attempts to promote short story readership in the UK. Other contributors look at forms such as the short-short and the short story sequence. The range of authors discussed includes Martin Amis, Anita Desai, Salman Rushdie and James Joyce. The short story is the most international of genres; this is reflected in chapters on Jorge Luis Borges and Italo Calvino and on Japanese short fiction. Postcolonial and translation theory are combined with the close reading of specific texts. Neglected authors, such as the Welsh writer Dorothy Edwards and the colonial figure Frank Swettenham, are re-evaluated and we also consider genre writing, with chapters on crime fiction and Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles. Integrating theory and practice, The Short Story will appeal both to writers and to students of literary criticism.

Liminality and the Short Story

The Cambridge Introduction to the Short Story in English. Cambridge: Cambridge UP ... Short Story Theory at a Crossroads. ... The New Short Story Theories.

Author: Jochen Achilles

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317812456

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 282

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This book is a study of the short story, one of the widest taught genres in English literature, from an innovative methodological perspective. Both liminality and the short story are well-researched phenomena, but the combination of both is not frequent. This book discusses the relevance of the concept of liminality for the short story genre and for short story cycles, emphasizing theoretical perspectives, methodological relevance and applicability. Liminality as a concept of demarcation and mediation between different processual stages, spatial complexes, and inner states is of obvious importance in an age of global mobility, digital networking, and interethnic transnationality. Over the last decade, many symposia, exhibitions, art, and publications have been produced which thematize liminality, covering a wide range of disciplines including literary, geographical, psychological and ethnicity studies. Liminal structuring is an essential aspect of the aesthetic composition of short stories and the cultural messages they convey. On account of its very brevity and episodic structure, the generic liminality of the short story privileges the depiction of transitional situations and fleeting moments of crisis or decision. It also addresses the moral transgressions, heterotopic orders, and forms of ambivalent self-reflection negotiated within the short story's confines. This innovative collection focuses on both the liminality of the short story and on liminality in the short story.

Sex Race and Family in Contemporary American Short Stories

Rpt. in The New Short Story Theories. Ed. Charles E. May. Athens, OH: Ohio UP, 1994. 73–80. May, Charles E. Introduction. The New Short Story Theories.

Author: M. Bostrom

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230607484

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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This book reveals a female sexual economy in the marketplace of contemporary short fiction which locates a struggle for sexual power between mothers and daughters within a larger struggle to pursue that object of the American dream: whiteness.

The Art of Brevity

Moreover , interest in short story theory during the 1980s was by no means confined only to American short fiction . W. H. New's 1987 study , Dreams of ...

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.

A Reader s Companion to the Short Story in English

Departing from the genre defensiveness that threatens to narrow the field of short-story theory, this collection of interdisciplinary and speculative essays ...

Author: Erin Fallon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135976293

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 464

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Although the short story has existed in various forms for centuries, it has particularly flourished during the last hundred years. Reader's Companion to the Short Story in English includes alphabetically-arranged entries for 50 English-language short story writers from around the world. Most of these writers have been active since 1960, and they reflect a wide range of experiences and perspectives in their works. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and includes biography, a review of existing criticism, a lengthier analysis of specific works, and a selected bibliography of primary and secondary sources. The volume begins with a detailed introduction to the short story genre and concludes with an annotated bibliography of major works on short story theory.

Writing Short Stories

Bowen, Elizabeth, 'Introduction', Faber Book of Modern Short Stories (reprinted in The New Short Story Theories). Charles May [ed.], (Ohio University Press ...

Author: Courttia Newland

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474257299

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

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Writing Short Stories: A Writers' and Artists' Companion is an essential guide to writing short fiction successfully. PART 1 explores the nature and history of the form, personal reflections by the editors, and help getting started with ideas, planning and research. PART 2 includes tips by leading short story writers, including: Alison Moore, Jane Rogers, Edith Pearlman, David Vann, Anthony Doerr, Vanessa Gebbie, Alexander MacLeod, Adam Thorpe and Elspeth Sandys. PART 3 contains practical advice - from shaping plots and exploring your characters to beating writers' block, rewriting and publishing your stories.

A Companion to the American Short Story

The New Short Story Theories. Ed. Charles E. May. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1994. 131–43. ———. The Short Story: The Reality of Artifice. New York: ...

Author: Alfred Bendixen

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119685647

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 536

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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

A Cognitive Approach to Ernest Hemingway s Short Fiction

In The New Short Stories Theories, edited by Charles E. May, 301–311. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 1994. Lounsberry, Barbara et al., eds.

Author: Gabriela Tucan

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527568143

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 299

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How do readers make sense of Hemingway’s short stories? How is it possible that the camera-like quality of his narrative can appeal to our senses and arouse our emotions? How does it capture us? With reserved narrators and protagonists engaged in laconic dialogs, his texts do not seem to say much. This book consciously revisits our responses to the Hemingway story, a belated response to his invitation to discover what lies beneath the surface of his iceberg. What this pioneering critical endeavor seeks to understand is the thinking required in reading Hemingway’s short fiction. It proposes a cognitively informed model of reading which questions the resources of the reader’s imaginative powers. The cognitive demonstrations here are designed to have potentially larger implications for the short story’s general mode of knowing. Drawing from both cognitively oriented poetics and narratology in equal measure, this book explains what structures our interaction with literary texts.

The Classic Short Story 1870 1925

Luscher, Robert M., “The Short Story Sequence: An Open Book”, in Short Story Theory at a Crossroads, ed. by Susan Lohafer and Jo Ellyn Clarey (Baton Rouge, ...

Author: Florence Goyet

Publisher: Open Book Publishers

ISBN: 9781909254756

Category: Fiction

Page: 220

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The ability to construct a nuanced narrative or complex character in the constrained form of the short story has sometimes been seen as the ultimate test of an author's creativity. Yet during the time when the short story was at its most popular - the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries - even the greatest writers followed strict generic conventions that were far from subtle. This expanded and updated translation of Florence Goyet's influential La Nouvelle, 1870-1925: Description d'un genre à son apogée (Paris, 1993) is the only study to focus exclusively on this classic period across different continents. Ranging through French, English, Italian, Russian and Japanese writing - particularly the stories of Guy de Maupassant, Henry James, Giovanni Verga, Anton Chekhov and Akutagawa Ry?nosuke - Goyet shows that these authors were able to create brilliant and successful short stories using the very simple 'tools of brevity' of that period. In this challenging and far-reaching study, Goyet looks at classic short stories in the context in which they were read at the time: cheap newspapers and higher-end periodicals. She demonstrates that, despite the apparent intention of these stories to question bourgeois ideals, they mostly affirmed the prejudices of their readers. In doing so, her book forces us to re-think our preconceptions about this 'forgotten' genre.

British Women Writers and the Short Story 1850 1930

The New Short Story Theories, Ohio University Press,1994, pp. 60–4. Poe has been broadly credited with synthesizing a concrete definition of theshort story.

Author: K. Krueger

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137359247

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 260

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This book addresses a critically neglected genre used by women writers from Gaskell to Woolf to complicate Victorian and modernist notions of gender and social space. Their innovative short stories ask Britons to reconsider where women could live, how they could be identified, and whether they could be contained.

Postmodern Approaches to the Short Story

Toward the End : Closure and Structure in the American Short Story . ... New York : St. Martin's , 1989 . - Short Stories ... The New Short Story Theories .

Author: Farhat Iftekharuddin

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313323747

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 156

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Applies postmodern theory to short fiction, a genre usually subsumed by postmodernists under the category "prose fiction" or "narratology."

A History of the Irish Short Story

in May, Good, Short Modern 2002), New Short Story Theories, p. 61. 13 See Anton Chekhov, Letters on the Short Story, the Drama and Other Topics, ed.

Author: Heather Ingman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139474122

Category: Literary Criticism


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Though the short story is often regarded as central to the Irish canon, this text was the first comprehensive study of the genre for many years. Heather Ingman traces the development of the modern short story in Ireland from its beginnings in the nineteenth century to the present day. Her study analyses the material circumstances surrounding publication, examining the role of magazines and editors in shaping the form. Ingman incorporates recent critical thinking on the short story, traces international connections, and gives a central part to Irish women's short stories. Each chapter concludes with a detailed analysis of key stories from the period discussed, featuring Joyce, Edna O'Brien and John McGahern, among others. With its comprehensive bibliography and biographies of authors, this volume will be a key work of reference for scholars and students both of Irish fiction and of the modern short story as a genre.