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The Short Story

An Introduction

Paul March-Russell

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Emphasises the importance of the short story to an understanding of modern fiction

In twenty succinct chapters, the study paints a complete portrait of the short story - its history, culture, aesthetics and economics. European innovators such as Chekhov, Flaubert and Kafka are compared to Irish, New Zealand and British practitioners such as Joyce, Mansfield and Carter as well as writers in the American tradition, from Hawthorne and Poe to Barthelme and Carver.

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List of Illustrations
1: Origins: From Folk-Tale to Art-Tale
2: Riddles, Hoaxes and Conundrums
3: Memory, Modernity and Orality
4: Poe, O. Henry and the Well-Made Story
5: Economies of Scale: The Short Story in England
6: Brought to Book: The Anthology and Its Uses
7: Between the Lines: Dissidence and the Short Story
8: Enclosed Readings: The Short Story and the Academy
9: Modernism and the Short Story
10: The Short Story Cycle
11: Character Parts: Identity in the Short Story
12: Localities: Centres and Margins
13: Tales of the City
14: Romance and the Fragment
15: Ghost Stories and Other Hauntings
16: Popular Short Fictions
17: The Experimental Text
18: Postmodernism and the Short Story
19: Minimalism/Dirty Realism/Hyperrealism
20: Voyages Out: The Postcolonial Short Story

About the Author

Paul March-Russell is Honorary Lecturer in Comparative Literature at the University of Kent, Canterbury. He is also Commissioning Editor of the Critical Studies in Science Fiction series with Gylphi. His other publications include Ruskin in Perspective, co-edited with Carmen Casaliggi (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007), and an edited volume of May Sinclair's Uncanny Stories (Wordsworth Editions, 2006). He is currently editing George Egerton's The Wheel of God (Pickering and Chatto, forthcoming) and writing a study of the Neo-Romantic movement, 1925-55.