30. The Multiethnic American Short Story

  1. Alfred Bendixen Professor founder Executive Director2 and
  2. James Nagel Professor Rockefeller Fellow3
  1. Molly Crumpton Winter Associate Professor

Published Online: 16 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444319910.ch30

A Companion to the American Short Story

A Companion to the American Short Story

How to Cite

Crumpton Winter, M. (2010) The Multiethnic American Short Story, in A Companion to the American Short Story (eds A. Bendixen and J. Nagel), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444319910.ch30

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Texas A&M University, USA

  2. 3

    University of Georgia, USA

Author Information

  1. California State University at Stanislaus, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 FEB 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405115438

Online ISBN: 9781444319910



  • multiethnic American short story;
  • multiethnic short story in America, as a literary tradition reflecting paradoxical nature of the nation itself;
  • publication of multiethnic American short stories - began in earnest in late nineteenth century;
  • challenge for ethnic American short story writers - to entertain readers;
  • Alice Dunbar - Nelson's The Goodness of St. Roque and Other Short Stories (1899) moving beyond black/white binary clouding perceptions of race;
  • subtle shift in representation in stories - by ethnic American writers, 1915 and 1945;
  • Best American Short Story series, in 1915 - and O. Henry Prize founded in 1919;
  • “Blood-Burning Moon” by Jean Toomer - selected as a Best American Short Story;
  • Ann Petry, becoming first African American woman - to publish a volume of short stories;
  • Judith Ortiz Cofer, her own unique blend of fiction and non-fiction, prose and poetry in The Latin Deli (1993)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading