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Modern American Short Story Sequences : Composite Fictions and Fictive Communities - J. Gerald Kennedy

Modern American Short Story Sequences

Composite Fictions and Fictive Communities

By: J. Gerald Kennedy (Editor)

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Published: 17th February 2011
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Originally published in 1995, this book gathers together eleven full-length essays on important American short story sequences of the twentieth century. The introduction by J. Gerald Kennedy elucidates problems of defining the genre, cites notable instances of the form (such as Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio), and explores the implications of its modern emergence and popularity. Subsequent essays discuss illustrative works by such figures as Henry James, Jean Toomer, Ernest Hemingway, Richard Wright, William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, J. D. Salinger, John Cheever, John Updike, Louise Erdrich, and Raymond Carver. While examining distinctive thematic concerns, each essay also considers implications of form and arrangement in the construction of composite fictions that often produce the illusion of a fictive community.

Introduction
Henry James's Incipient Poetics of the Short Story Sequence: The Finer Grain (1910)
Toomer's Cane as narrative sequence
Hemingway's In Our Time: the biography of a book
Wright writing reading: narrative strategies in Uncle Tom's Children
The African-American voice in Faulkner's Go Down Moses
Meditations on nonpresence: re-visioning the short story in Eudora Welty's The Wide Net
Nine Stories: J. D. Salinger's linked mysteries
Cheever's Shady Hill: a suburban sequence
John Updike's Olinger Stories: new light among the shadows
Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine: narrative communities and the short story sequence
From Anderson's Winesburg to Carver's Cathedral: the short story sequence and the semblance of community
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ISBN: 9780521172622
ISBN-10: 0521172624
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 17th February 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.36