A Companion to the American Short Story

A Companion to the American Short Story

Editor(s): Alfred Bendixen, James Nagel

Published Online: 16 MAR 2010

Print ISBN: 9781405115438

Online ISBN: 9781444319910

DOI: 10.1002/9781444319910

About this Book

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

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: The Nineteenth Century

  2. Part II: The Transition into the New Century

  3. Part III: The Twentieth Century

  4. Part IV: Expansive Considerations

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