Short Fiction and Critical Contexts: A Compact Reader

Paperback | July 28, 2009

byEric Henderson, Geoff Hancock

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Short Fiction and Critical Contexts: A Compact Reader is a challenging, versatile, and engaging resource for the study of short fiction. This collection features a diverse group of writers from differing ethnic, cultural, and national backgrounds and highlights female and Canadian authors.Each story is introduced by a brief biography of the author, information on his or her approach to writing fiction, and information about the story itself. The second half of the text collects a variety of documents written on the topic of the short story, many by the authors featured in the firsthalf of the text. The combination of stories and their context makes this an invaluable reader for students studying the short story at any level.

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Short Fiction and Critical Contexts: A Compact Reader is a challenging, versatile, and engaging resource for the study of short fiction. This collection features a diverse group of writers from differing ethnic, cultural, and national backgrounds and highlights female and Canadian authors.Each story is introduced by a brief biography o...

Eric Henderson is a Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Victoria, and has taught previously at Simon Fraser University and Okanagan University College. He has published two other successful books with OUP Canada: The Active Reader (2008) and Writing by Choice (2006). Geoff Hancock is an author and editor long activ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:520 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:July 28, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroductionShort Stories1. Edgar Allan Poe: 'The Masque of the Red Death'2. Charlotte Perkins Gilman: 'The Yellow Wallpaper'3. Stephen Crane: 'A Mystery of Heroism'4. Edith Wharton: 'A Journey'5. E. Pauline Johnson: 'The Derelict'6. James Joyce: 'A Painful Case'7. Franz Kafka: 'Report to an Academy'8. J.G. Sime: 'An Irregular Union'9. D.H. Lawrence: 'Tickets Please'10. Katherine Mansfield: 'The Stranger'11. Morley Callaghan: 'A Predicament'12. Ernest Hemingway: 'The Capital of the World'13. Marcel Ayme: 'The Walker through walls'14. Heinrich Boll: 'My Sad Face'15. Sinclair Ross: 'The Runaway'16. Ethel Wilson: 'The Window'17. Margaret Laurence: 'The Loons'18. Italo Calvino: 'The Origin of the Birds'19. Clark Blaise: 'Eyes'20. Angela Carter: 'The Company of Wolves'21. Mavis Gallant: 'Between Zero and One'22. Elizabeth Spencer: 'The Girl Who Loved Horses'23. Margaret Atwood: 'Happy Endings'24. Jorge Luis Borges: 'Shakespeare's Memory'25. Jose Dalisay, Jr: 'Heartland'26. Amy Hempel: 'Nashville Gone to Ashes'27. Bharati Mukherjee: 'The Lady from Lucknow'28. Raymond Carver: 'Errand'29. Alice Munro: 'Pictures of the Ice'30. D. Schoemperlen: 'Antonyms of Fiction'31. Michael Dougan: 'Black Cherry'32. Shani Mootoo: 'Out on Main Street'33. Edwidge Danticat: 'Children of the Sea'34. Greg Hollingshead: 'The People of the Sudan'35. Barbara Gowdy: 'We So Seldom Look on Love'36. Haruki Murakami: 'The Seventh Man'37. Timothy Taylor: 'Smoke's Fortune'38. Richard Van Camp: 'Sky Burial'39. Thomas King: 'A Short History of Indians in Canada'40. Shyam Selvadurai: 'The Demoness Kali'Documents and Dialogues1. Prologue: The Need for NarrativeRobert Fulford: a) 'The Need for Narrative'Thomas Gullason: b) 'The Qualities of an Outstanding Story'Italo Calvino: c) 'Fourteen Ways of Looking at a Classic'2. The Art of the Short StoryEdgar Allan Poe: a) 'The Single Effect'Henry James: b) 'Rendering Reality'Brander Matthews: c) 'Codifying the Short Story'Joseph Conrad: d) 'Fiction's Appeal'Virginia Woolf: e) 'Rendering Experience'Elizabeth Bowen: f) 'The Morality of the Short Story'Julio Cortazar: g) 'Exploring "Storyness" through Metaphor'3. Genre and the Short Storya) The Novel and the Short StoryEdith Wharton: i) 'Situation Is the Main Concern of the Short Story, Character of the Novel'Steven Millhauser: ii) 'The Short Story Concentrates on its Grain of Sand...'Greg Hollingshead: iii) 'A Point of Perfect, Drunken Poise...'b) The Lyric and the Short StoryEileen Baldeshwiler: i) 'The Lyric Short Story: The Sketch of a History'c) History and the Short StoryM. Scofield: i) 'Story and History in Raymond Carver'4. Epiphany and the Short StoryJames Joyce: a) 'The Joycean Epiphany'Philip Stevik: b) 'Against Epiphany'Thomas M. Leitch: c) 'Moving Toward Dissillusionment'Cynthia J. Hallett: d) 'Significant Omissions'5. Reality, Fantasy, and the Short StoryFlannery O'Connor: a) 'The Grotesque'Tzvetan Todorov: b) 'The Fantastic'Angela Carter: c) 'The "Tale"'Geoff Hancock: d) 'Magic Realism'Linda Hutcheon: e) 'Fantasy, Reality, and Metafiction'6. The Short Story and its PractitionersC.P. Gilman: a) 'Why I Wrote "The Yellow Wallpaper"'Chekov: b) From Letters 1888-99S. Crane: c) 'Humanity Was a Much More Interesting Study'T. King: d) 'Native Fiction'S. Selvadurai: e) 'Literature of the South Asian Diaspora'f) Dialoguesi) A. Munroii) B. Mukherjeeiii) S. Mootoo7. EpilogueV. Nabokov: 'How to Read Well'A. Manguel: 'In Praise of Reading'M. Atwood: 'The Need for a Reader'Source Notes and Acknowledgements

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"Eric Henderson and Geoff Hancock have edited a fine and useful book that presents the short story in an exemplary fashion. This is a good book and an excellent introduction to short fiction from a variety of readers. Its choice of short stories is at times usefully quirky and its setting outof issues connected with short fiction is enlightening." --David Malcolm, The Times Literary Supplement (13 August 2010)