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An Introduction to the American Short Story


    This wide-ranging introduction to the short story tradition in the United States of America traces the genre from its beginnings in the early 19th century topresent day. The major writers in the genre are covered in depth with a general view of their work and detailed discussion of a number of examples of individual stories. The Cambridge Introduction to the American Short Story offers a comprehensive and accessible guide to this rich literary tradition. It will be invaluable to students and readers looking for critical approaches to the short story and wishing to deepen their understanding of how authors have approached and developed this fascinating and challenging genre.




1. Introduction

2. The short story as ironic myth: Washington Irving and William Austin

3. Nathaniel Hawthorne

4. Edgar Allan Poe

5. Herman Melville

6. New territories: Bret Harte and Mark Twain

7. Realism, the grotesque and impressionism: Hamlin Garland, Ambrose Bierce and Stephen Crane

8. Henry James

9. Rebecca Harding Davis, Sarah Orne Jewett and Mary Wilkins Freeman

10. Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Kate Chopin, Willa Cather and Edith Wharton

11. Growth, fragmentation, new aesthetics and new voices in the early twentieth century

12. O.Henry and Jack London

13. Sherwood Anderson

14. Ernest Hemingway

15. F. Scott Fitzgerald

16. William Faulkner

17. Katherine Anne Porter, Eudora Welty and Flannery O'Connor

18. Charles Chesnutt, Richard Wright, James Baldwin and the African American short story to 1965

19. Aspects of the American short story 1930–1980

20. Two traditions and the changing idea of the mainstream

21. The postmodern short story in America

22. Raymond Carver

23. Epilogue: the contemporary American short story; Guide to further reading


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