A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story
Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture 1. Aufl.
A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story provides a comprehensive treatment of short fiction writing and chronicles its development in Britain and Ireland from 1880 to the present. Provides a comprehensive treatment of the short story in Britain and Ireland as it developed over the period 1880 to the present Includes essays on topics and genres, as well as on individual texts and authors Comprises chapters on women’s writing, Irish fiction, gay and lesbian writing, and short fiction by immigrants to Britain
Notes on Contributors ix Preface xv Part I: 1880–1945 1 Introduction 3 1 The British and Irish Short Story to 1945 5Cheryl Alexander Malcolm and David Malcolm Topics and Genres 17 2 The Story of Colonial Adventure 19Mariadele Boccardi 3 Responses to War: 1914–1918 and 1939–1945 35Richard Greaves 4 Irish Short Fiction: 1880–1945 51Patrick Lonergan 5 The Detective and Crime Story: 1880–1945 65Jopi Nyman 6 The British and Irish Ghost Story and Tale of the Supernatural: 1880–1945 81Becky DiBiasio 7 Finding a Voice: Women Writing the Short Story (to 1945) 96Sabine Coelsch-Foisner 8 Rudyard Kipling’s Art of the Short Story 114David Malcolm Reading Individual Authors and Texts 129 9 Robert Louis Stevenson: “The Bottle Imp,” “The Beach of Falesá,” and “Markheim” 131Michael Meyer 10 Thomas Hardy: Wessex Tales 140David Grylls 11 Joseph Conrad: “The Secret Sharer” and “An Outpost of Progress” 149Christopher Thomas Cairney 12 The Short Stories of Hector Hugh Munro (“Saki”) 157Sandie Byrne 13 Paralysis Re-considered: James Joyce’s Dubliners 165Richard Greaves 14 H.G. Wells’s Short Stories: “The Country of the Blind” and “The Door in the Wall” 174Sabine Coelsch-Foisner 15 D.H. Lawrence’s Short Stories: “The Horse Dealer’s Daughter” and “The Rocking Horse Winner” 183Kathryn Miles 16 Virginia Woolf: “Kew Gardens” and “The Legacy” 193Stef Craps 17 Katherine Mansfi eld: “The Garden Party” and “Marriage à la Mode” 202Jennifer E. Dunn 18 Frank O’Connor: “Guests of the Nation” and “My Oedipus Complex” 211Greg Winston 19 The Short Stories of Liam O’Flaherty 221Shawn O’Hare 20 W. Somerset Maugham’s Ashenden Stories 227David Malcolm 21 Elizabeth Bowen: “The Demon Lover” and “Mysterious Kôr” 236Sarah Dillon Part II: 1945–the Present 245 Introduction 247 22 The British and Irish Short Story: 1945–Present 249Cheryl Alexander Malcolm and David Malcolm Topics and Genres 261 23 New Identities: The Irish Short Story since 1945 263Greg Winston 24 Redefining Englishness: British Short Fiction from 1945 to the Present 279James M. Lang 25 Scottish Short Stories (post 1945) 294Gavin Miller 26 Hybrid Voices and Visions: The Short Stories of E.A. Markham, Ben Okri, Salman Rushdie, Hanif Kureishi, Patricia Duncker, and Jackie Kay 308Michael Parker 27 The Anglo-Jewish Short Story since the Holocaust 330Cheryl Alexander Malcolm 28 Feminist Voices: Women’s Short Fiction after 1945 342Michael Meyer 29 British Gay and Lesbian Short Stories 356Brett Josef Grubisic 30 Science Fiction and Fantasy after 1945: Beyond Pulp Fiction 372Mitchell R. Lewis 31 Experimental Short Fiction in Britain since 1945 384Günther Jarfe Reading Individual Authors and Texts 399 32 The Short Stories of Julian Maclaren-Ross 401David Malcolm 33 Alan Sillitoe: “The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner” 409Michael Parker 34 The Short Stories of Elizabeth Taylor 416Robert Ellis Hosmer, Jr 35 The Short Fiction of V.S. Pritchett 423Andrzej Ga? siorek 36 Edna O’Brien: “A Rose in the Heart of New York” 431Sinéad Mooney 37 Doris Lessing: African Stories 440Don Adams 38 The Desire for Clarity: Seán O’Faoláin’s “Lovers of the Lake” 448Paul Delaney 39 The Short Stories of Muriel Spark 456Robert Ellis Hosmer, Jr 40 Jean Rhys: “Let Them Call It Jazz” 464Cheryl Alexander Malcolm 41 George Mackay Brown: “Witch,” “Master Halcrow, Priest,” “A Time to Keep,” and “The Tarn and the Rosary” 472Gavin Miller 42 William Trevor: Uncertain Grounds for Assured Art 480John Kenny 43 John McGahern: Nightlines 488Stanley van der Ziel 44 The Clinking of an Identity Disk: Bernard MacLaverty’s “Walking the Dog” 498Jerzy Jarniewicz 45 Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber: A World Transformed by Imagination and Desire – Adventures in Anarcho-Surrealism 507Madelena Gonzalez 46 J.G. Ballard: Psychopathology, Apocalypse, and the Media Landscape 516Mitchell R. Lewis 47 The Short Stories of Benjamin Okri 524Wolfgang Görtschacher 48 James Kelman: Greyhound for Breakfast 532Peter Clandfield 49 Hanif Kureishi: Love in a Blue Time 541Patrick Lonergan Index 550
"Companion to the British and Irish Short Story is an instructive and engaging guide, covering a broad range of interest in fiction from schoolwork to academic research." (Reference Reviews, April 2009)
Cheryl Alexander Malcolm is Associate Professor in the Department of American Literature and Culture, English Institute, University of Gdansk, Poland David Malcolm is Professor and Chair, Department of Literary Studies, English Institute, University of Gdansk, Poland
A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story chronicles the development of this important literary form in Britain and Ireland from 1880 to the present. Part I covers the years up to 1945 and examines the short fiction that emerged around such themes as imperial adventures, responses to war, and detective and crime stories. Authors covered in this period include Robert Louis Stevenson, James Joyce, Liam O’Flaherty, and Elizabeth Bowen. Part II reflects the range of themes, and richer diversity of authorship, that developed during the postwar years, including feminist writings, gay and lesbian fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and short stories by Asian and Afro-Caribbean writers. Doris Lessing, Angela Carter, Hanif Kureishi, J.G. Ballard, and Ben Okri, are just some of the authors discussed in these chapters. Incorporating a wide range of approaches, A Companion to the British and Irish Short Story captures the astonishing range of modern short fiction produced in Britain and Ireland from the end of the nineteenth century.
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