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The Short Story

The Short Story (Hardback)

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Long regarded as an undervalued and marginalised genre, the short story is undergoing a renaissance. The Short Story celebrates its unique appeal. Practitioners and scholars address the issues facing short story criticism in the 21st century. Author A.L. Kennedy shares the pleasures and frustrations of writing the short story in the literary marketplace. This is followed by an assessment of recent attempts to promote short story readership in the UK. Other contributors look at forms such as the short-short and the short story sequence. The range of authors discussed includes Martin Amis, Anita Desai, Salman Rushdie and James Joyce. The short story is the most international of genres; this is reflected in chapters on Jorge Luis Borges and Italo Calvino and on Japanese short fiction. Postcolonial and translation theory are combined with the close reading of specific texts. Neglected authors, such as the Welsh writer Dorothy Edwards and the colonial figure Frank Swettenham, are re-evaluated and we also consider genre writing, with chapters on crime fiction and Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles.

Integrating theory and practice, The Short Story will appeal both to writers and to students of literary criticism.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writersEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: from c 1900 - Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing Publication Date: 01/09/2008 ISBN-13: 9781847186690  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Ailsa Cox is the author of Writing Short Stories (Routledge) and Alice Munro (Northcote House Writers and Their Work). She has also published her own short fiction in magazines and anthologies in the UK. Ailsa Cox is Reader in English and Writing at Edge Hill University.

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