By Alfred Bendixen, James Nagel

ISBN-10: 1405115432

ISBN-13: 9781405115438

A spouse to the yank brief tale lines the advance of this flexible literary style over the last 2 hundred years.Sets the quick tale in context, being attentive to the interplay of cultural forces and aesthetic principlesContributes to the continued redefinition of the yank canon, with shut cognizance to the achievements of girls writers in addition to such vital genres because the ghost tale and detective fictionEmbraces various traditions together with African-American, Jewish-American, Latino, Native-American, and nearby brief tale writingIncludes a bit all for particular authors and texts, from Edgar Allen Poe to John Updike

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The American Short Story Before 1850: A Critical History. Boston: Twayne, 1985. Hedges, William. Washington Irving: An American Study 1802–1831. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1965. Fetterley, Judith. Provisions: A Reader from 19thCentury American Women. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1985. Fetterley, Judith, and Marjorie Pryse. Writing Out of Place: Regionalism, Women, and American Literary Culture. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2003. Habegger, Alfred. Gender, Fantasy and Realism in American Literature.

Conversely, one may justly argue that Poe commanded a sound understanding of psychology, thus realizing the brevity or fragility in the average human attention span. So much, then, for Poe the hack writer that his detractors propose. We should also recall that although he championed brevity in creative writing, Poe could sensibly evaluate the merits and demerits in longer works, as his critiques of many novels attest. In most of these evaluations he does not bear down heavily on length qua length, for example, in his review of Dickens’s Barnaby Rudge or in the critiques of novels by Edward Bulwer-Lytton.

There were also writers who traveled to and wrote about a wide variety of regions and places, such as Constance Fenimore Woolson, who produced significant collections of stories about the Great Lakes region, the American South, and Italy. As noted earlier, gender roles are often foregrounded as a specific subject of inquiry in works of realism. By the final decade of the nineteenth century, it is possible to see the emergence of literary feminism as one of the major achievements of this literary tradition.

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