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Fifty Stories of the Quest, 2nd Edition

By: Harold Schechter (Editor), Jonna Gormely Semeiks (Editor)

Paperback Published: 17th September 1992
ISBN: 9780195068504
Number Of Pages: 672

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Reflecting today's growing emphasis on multiculturalism, the second edition of this remarkably successful anthology offers twelve additional contributions from the new generation of writers currently revitalizing the short story form, including Amy Tan, Bharati Mukherjee, R.K. Narayan, Stephen Milhauser, Ellen Gilchrist, and Patrick McGrath. Organized around the successive stages of humanity's most durable myth, the hero's quest narrative pattern delineated by renowned mythologist Joseph Campbell, this edition offers a summary and explication of Campbell's analysis of the quest motif, a new biographical introduction to Campbell's life and work, and a section of concise biographical entries on each of the fifty authors.
As in the earlier edition, the quality and quantity of the selections give instructors the freedom to present the stories in whatever order and structure they choose. For those who wish to take advantage of the anthology's thematic organization, the editors provide questions for discussion and possible writing assignments that do not sacrifice the comprehensive diversity of the selections or their identity as distinctive works of literature open to various interpretations. A highly accessible introduction to the technical aspects of the close analysis of fiction, this text also offers a number of special features: two supplementary tables of contents, one organized by alternate themes, and one by the traditional elements of fiction; an introductory essay defining those technical elements and including a sample analysis of one the stories in the anthology; and a glossary of critical terms.

"A great collection of modern short stories with the addition of intelligent and meaningful discussion of myth, archetypes, and the elements of fiction. The questions at the end of each story are excellent. This is a book I will use over and over!"--Linda Gordon, Nova Southeastern University "Excellent selection and organization. Looks very useful and flexible."--Gary Eberle, Aquinas College "Excellent selections--this is exactly what I had been looking for for my 'Myth and Fantasy' class. Questions in text and comments in teacher's manual are also excellent. The students are actually learning!"--Polly Kalliman Nimmer, College of St. Mary "I'm using this for the first time and am really looking forward to the semester. The book looks wonderful!"--Polly Nimmer, College of Saint Mary "Good selections and great introduction."--Catharine A. Tipton, The Paideia School "A perfect text for young adults searching for meaning."--Rev. John Delli Carpini, St. Charles Seminary "An outstanding anthology of stories basic to a leading archetype in literature."--Thomas McKinley, University of Missouri, Kansas City "The organization along the lines of Campbell's theory is unique and intriguing."--Norman Leer, Roosevelt University "This selection corresponds well to the quest in medieval literature."--Carol Pulham, Cedar Crest College "Super book! A great break between novels. Excellent introductions."--Joel Rudinger, Firelands College

Contents by Alternate Themes Contents by Technical Elements Introduction: The Quest The Elements of Fiction Chapter One: The Call Robert Penn Warren: Blackberry Winter Willa Cather: Paul's Case Kay Boyle: Astronomer's Wife Julio Cort((a'))zar: The Island at Noon Jean Stafford: The Liberation Kate Chopin: The Story of an Hour Sherwood Anderson: Adventure Chapter Two: The Other Edgar Allan Poe: William Wilson Patrick McGrath: The Lost Explorer Amy Tan: Double Face Isaac Bashevis Singer: Getzel the Monkey James Alan McPherson: The Story of a Dead Man Leslie Silko: Yellow Woman Flannery O'Connor: A Good Man is Hard to Find Alberto Moravia: He and I Chapter Three: The Journey Nathaniel Hawthorne: My Kinsman, Major Molineux F. Scott Fitzgerald: Babylon Revisited Eudora Welty: A Worn Path Stephen Crane: The Open Boat Bernard Malamud: Idiots First Richard Wright: Big Boy Leaves Home Steven Millhauser: Behind the Blue Curtain Doris Lessing: Through the Tunnel John Barth: Night-Sea Journey Chapter Four: Helpers and Guides Hermann Hesse: The Poet Toni Cade Bambara: The Lesson Raymond Carver: Cathedral Isaac Babel: Awakening Ernest J. Gaines: The Sky is Gray R.K. Narayan: Under the Banyan Tree Philip Roth: The Conversion of the Jews Gabriel Garc((i'))a M((a'))rquez: Blacam((a'))n the Good, Vendor of Miracles Chapter Five: The Treasure James Joyce: Araby Ursula K. Le Guin: Semley's Necklace Ann Beattie: Janus Carson McCullers: A Tree ((EMB)) A Rock ((EMB)) A Cloud Isak Dinesen: The Blue Jar Hortense Calisher: The Middle Drawer Ralph Ellison: Flying Home Max Apple: The Oranging of America Mary E. Wilkins Freeman: The Revolt of "Mother" Chapter Six: Transformation D.H. Lawrence: The Horse-Dealer's Daughter John Updike: Twin Beds in Rome Bharati Mukherjee: The Management of Grief Tillie Olsen: O Yes Gustave Flaubert: The Legend of St. Julian the Hospitaller Ellen Gilchrist: Traveler Washington Irving: Rip Van Winkle Vladimir Nabokov: Christmas Marguerite Yourcenar: How Wang-Fo Was Saved Glossary of Critical Terms Biographies of the Authors

ISBN: 9780195068504
ISBN-10: 0195068505
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 672
Published: 17th September 1992
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.57  x 3.15
Weight (kg): 0.94
Edition Number: 2