A Companion to the American Short Story

A Companion to the American Short Story

Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture 1. Aufl.

von: Alfred Bendixen, James Nagel

35,99 €

Verlag: Wiley-Blackwell
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 12.02.2010
ISBN/EAN: 9781444319927
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 536

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<i>A Companion to the American Short Story</i> traces the development of this versatile literary genre over the past 200 years. <ul> <li>Sets the short story in context, paying attention to the interaction of cultural forces and aesthetic principles</li> <li>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</li> <li>Embraces diverse traditions including African-American, Jewish-American, Latino, Native-American, and regional short story writing</li> <li>Includes a section focused on specific authors and texts, from Edgar Allen Poe to John Updike</li> </ul>
<p>Notes on Contributors viii</p> <p>Preface xiv</p> <p>Acknowledgments xvi</p> <p><b>Part I: The Nineteenth Century </b><b>1</b></p> <p>1 The Emergence and Development of the American Short Story 3<br /><i>Alfred Bendixen</i></p> <p>2 Poe and the American Short Story 20<br /><i>Benjamin F. Fisher</i></p> <p>3 A Guide to Melville’s “Bartleby, the Scrivener” 35<br /><i>Steven T. Ryan</i></p> <p>4 Towards History and Beyond: Hawthorne and the American Short Story 50<br /><i>Alfred Bendixen</i></p> <p>5 Charles W. Chesnutt and the Fictions of a “New” America 68<br /><i>Charles Duncan</i></p> <p>6 Mark Twain and the American Comic Short Story 78<br /><i>David E. E. Sloane</i></p> <p>7 New England Local-Color Literature: A Colonial Formation 91<br /><i>Josephine Donovan</i></p> <p>8 Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Feminist Tradition of the American Short Story 105<br /><i>Martha J. Cutter</i></p> <p>9 The Short Stories of Edith Wharton 118<br /><i>Donna Campbell</i></p> <p><b>Part II: The Transition into the New Century </b><b>133</b></p> <p>10 The Short Stories of Stephen Crane 135<br /><i>Paul Sorrentino</i></p> <p>11 Kate Chopin 152<br /><i>Charlotte Rich</i></p> <p>12 Frank Norris and Jack London 171<br /><i>Jeanne Campbell Reesman</i></p> <p>13 From “Water Drops” to General Strikes: Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Short Fiction and Social Change 187<br /><i>Andrew J. Furer</i></p> <p><b>Part III: The Twentieth Century </b><b>215</b></p> <p>14 The Twentieth Century: A Period of Innovation and Continuity 217<br /><i>James Nagel</i></p> <p>15 The Hemingway Story 224<br /><i>George Monteiro</i></p> <p>16 William Faulkner’s Short Stories 244<br /><i>Hugh Ruppersburg</i></p> <p>17 Katherine Anne Porter 256<br /><i>Ruth M. Alvarez</i></p> <p>18 Eudora Welty and the Short Story: Theory and Practice 277<br /><i>Ruth D. Weston</i></p> <p>19 The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald: Structure, Narrative Technique, Style 295<br /><i>Kirk Curnutt</i></p> <p>20 “The Look of the World”: Richard Wright on Perspective 316<br /><i>Mikko Tuhkanen</i></p> <p>21 Small Planets: The Short Fiction of Saul Bellow 328<br /><i>Gloria L. Cronin</i></p> <p>22 John Updike 345<br /><i>Robert M. Luscher</i></p> <p>23 Raymond Carver in the Twenty-First Century 366<br /><i>Sandra Lee Kleppe</i></p> <p>24 Multi-Ethnic Female Identity and Denise Chávez’s <i>The Last of the Menu Girls </i>380<br /><i>Karen Weekes</i></p> <p><b>Part IV: Expansive Considerations </b><b>389</b></p> <p>25 Landscape as Haven in American Women’s Short Stories 391<br /><i>Leah B. Glasser</i></p> <p>26 The American Ghost Story 408<br /><i>Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock</i></p> <p>27 The Detective Story 425<br /><i>Catherine Ross Nickerson</i></p> <p>28 The Asian American Short Story 436<br /><i>Wenying Xu</i></p> <p>29 The Jewish American Story 450<br /><i>Andrew Furman</i></p> <p>30 The Multiethnic American Short Story 466<br /><i>Molly Crumpton Winter</i></p> <p>31 “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” American Restlessness and the Short-Story Cycle 482<br /><i>Jeff Birkenstein</i></p> <p>Index 502</p>
"This accessible and attractive volume is split into four sections offering a history of the American short story. The first three are presented chronologically, with chapters on stories from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and a transitional period in between . . . For all readers, it is what such a Companion should be-a ladder that the newly enthused short-story reader will climb, only to move onto higher ground." (Routledge ABES, 2011) <p> </p>
  <p><b>Alfred Bendixen </b>has taught at Princeton University, Texas A&M University, California State University – Los Angeles, and Barnard College.  He is best known as the founder and Executive Director of the American Literature Association. His recent work focuses on the development of genre in a democratic society and includes The Cambridge Companion to American Travel Writing, co-edited with Judith Hamera (2009);  A Companion to the American Novel, (Blackwell 2012); The Cambridge History of American Poetry, co-edited with Stephen Burt (2015); and The Centrality of Crime Fiction in American Literary Culture, co-edited with Olivia Carr Edenfield ( Routledge 2017).</p> <p><b>James Nagel</b> is the Eidson Distinguished Professor of American Literature Emeritus at the University of Georgia. From 2012 to 2018 he served as Resident Scholar at Dartmouth College. Early in his career he founded the scholarly journal <i>Studies in American Fiction</i> and the widely influential series Critical Essays on American Literature. Among his twenty-four books are <i>Stephen Crane and Literary Impressionism</i>, <i>Hemingway in Love and War</i> (which was made into a Hollywood film directed by Lord Richard Attenborough), <i>The Contemporary American Short-Story Cycle,</i>and <i>Race and Culture in New Orleans Stories. </i> He has published some eighty articles in the field, and he has lectured on American literature in seventeen countries.</p>
<i>A Companion to the American Short Story</i> traces the development of this versatile literary genre over the past two centuries. Written by leading critics in the field, and edited by two major scholars, it explores a wide range of writers, from Edgar Allen Poe and Edith Wharton, Kate Chopin, and Charles Chesnutt at the end of the nineteenth century. In the twentieth the focus is on such important Modern writers as Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Richard Wright before moving into the contemporary period with essays on Raymond Carver, Saul Bellow, and Denise Chávez. Contributions with a broader focus address groups of multiethnic, Asian, and Jewish writers. All the essays set the short story in context, focusing on the interaction of cultural forces and aesthetic principles. <p>The <i>Companion</i> takes account of cutting edge approaches to literary studies and contributes to the ongoing redefinition of the American canon, embracing genres such as ghost and detective fiction, cycles of interrelated short fiction, and comic, social and political stories. The volume also reflects the diverse communities that have adopted this literary form and made it their own, featuring entries on a variety of feminist and multicultural traditions. This volume presents an important new consideration of the role of the short story in the literary history of American literature.</p>

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