A Companion to the American Short Story
Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture
1. Auflage Februar 2010
534 Seiten, Hardcover
A Companion to the American Short Story traces the development of this versatile literary genre over the past two centuries. Written by leading critics in the field, it explores a wide range of writers, from Edgar Allen Poe and Edith Wharton, Kate Chopin, and Charles Chesnutt at the end of the nineteenth century. The Companion takes account of cutting edge approaches to literary studies and contributes to the ongoing redefinition of the American canon. This volume presents an important new consideration of the role of the short story in the literary history of American literature.
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A Companion to the American Short Story traces the development of this versatile literary genre over the past 200 years.
* Sets the short story in context, paying attention to the interaction of cultural forces and aesthetic principles
* Contributes to the ongoing redefinition of the American canon, with close attention to the achievements of women writers as well as such important genres as the ghost story and detective fiction
* Embraces diverse traditions including African-American, Jewish-American, Latino, Native-American, and regional short story writing
* Includes a section focused on specific authors and texts, from Edgar Allen Poe to John Updike
Part I: The Nineteenth Century
Part II: The Transition into the New Century
Part III: The Twentieth Century
Part IV: Expansive Considerations
James Nagel is the Eidson Distinguished Professor of American Literature at the University of Georgia. Early in his career he founded the scholarly journal Studies in American Fiction and the widely influential series Critical Essays on American Literature. Among his twenty books are Stephen Crane and Literary Impressionism, Hemingway in Love and War (which was made into a Hollywood film directed by Lord Richard Attenborough), and The Contemporary American Short-Story Cycle. He has published some eighty articles in the field, and he has lectured on American literature in fifteen countries. In 2005, he was given the lifetime achievement award for contributions to the field by the American Literature Association.