Discoveries: Fifty Stories of the Quest

Paperback | August 1, 1994

EditorHarold Schechter, Jonna Gormely Semeiks

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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, StephenMilhauser, 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, anew 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 andpossible 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 anumber 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 criticalterms.

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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, StephenMilhauser, Ellen Gilchrist, and Patrick McG...

Jonna Gormely Semeiks is at both of the City University of New York.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:672 pages, 6.14 × 9.17 × 1.22 inPublished:August 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

Contents by Alternate ThemesContents by Technical ElementsIntroduction: The QuestThe Elements of FictionChapter One: The CallRobert Penn Warren: Blackberry WinterWilla Cather: Paul's CaseKay Boyle: Astronomer's WifeJulio Cort((a'))zar: The Island at NoonJean Stafford: The LiberationKate Chopin: The Story of an HourSherwood Anderson: AdventureChapter Two: The OtherEdgar Allan Poe: William WilsonPatrick McGrath: The Lost ExplorerAmy Tan: Double FaceIsaac Bashevis Singer: Getzel the MonkeyJames Alan McPherson: The Story of a Dead ManLeslie Silko: Yellow WomanFlannery O'Connor: A Good Man is Hard to FindAlberto Moravia: He and IChapter Three: The JourneyNathaniel Hawthorne: My Kinsman, Major MolineuxF. Scott Fitzgerald: Babylon RevisitedEudora Welty: A Worn PathStephen Crane: The Open BoatBernard Malamud: Idiots FirstRichard Wright: Big Boy Leaves HomeSteven Millhauser: Behind the Blue CurtainDoris Lessing: Through the TunnelJohn Barth: Night-Sea JourneyChapter Four: Helpers and GuidesHermann Hesse: The PoetToni Cade Bambara: The LessonRaymond Carver: CathedralIsaac Babel: AwakeningErnest J. Gaines: The Sky is GrayR.K. Narayan: Under the Banyan TreePhilip Roth: The Conversion of the JewsGabriel Garc((i'))a M((a'))rquez: Blacam((a'))n the Good, Vendor of MiraclesChapter Five: The TreasureJames Joyce: ArabyUrsula K. Le Guin: Semley's NecklaceAnn Beattie: JanusCarson McCullers: A Tree ((EMB)) A Rock ((EMB)) A CloudIsak Dinesen: The Blue JarHortense Calisher: The Middle DrawerRalph Ellison: Flying HomeMax Apple: The Oranging of AmericaMary E. Wilkins Freeman: The Revolt of "Mother"Chapter Six: TransformationD.H. Lawrence: The Horse-Dealer's DaughterJohn Updike: Twin Beds in RomeBharati Mukherjee: The Management of GriefTillie Olsen: O YesGustave Flaubert: The Legend of St. Julian the HospitallerEllen Gilchrist: TravelerWashington Irving: Rip Van WinkleVladimir Nabokov: ChristmasMarguerite Yourcenar: How Wang-Fo Was SavedGlossary of Critical TermsBiographies of the Authors

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"Super book! A great break between novels. Excellent introductions."--Joel Rudinger, Firelands College