A Reader's Companion to the Short Story in English
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While the short story has existed in various forms for centuries, it has particularly flourished during the last hundred years, and especially in recent decades. Though many outstanding novels have been written in the 20th century, most of these writers have also published short fiction. And in many cases, their short stories exhibit a greater degree of coherence and integrity than their longer works. The rise of creative writing programs in the 1960s helped fuel the growth of the short story and brought academic attention to it. So, too, the emergence of multiculturalism encouraged authors of diverse backgrounds to write about their cultures. This reference is a guide to the contemporary English-language short story.
Included are alphabetically arranged entries for roughly 50 English-language short story writers from around the world, such as Chinua Achebe, John Barth, Jamaica Kincaid, Salman Rushdie, and Amy Tan. More than half the American writers profiled are from historically marginalized groups, such as Jewish-Americans, African-Americans, and Asian-Americans. Most of these authors have been active since 1960, and they reflect a wide range of experiences and perspectives in their works. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and includes biographical material, a brief review of existing criticism, a lengthier analysis of specific works, and a selected bibliography of primary and secondary sources. The volume begins with a detailed introduction to the short story genre and concludes with an annotated bibliography of major works on short story theory.
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IntroductionChina Achebe by Charles DameronAma Atu Aidoo by Susan Rochette-CrawleyJessica Anderson by Selina SamuelsMargaret Eleanor Atwood by Linda H. Straubel & Gayle ElliottToni Cade Bambara by Carol FrankoJohn Simmons Barth by Terry J. MartinDonald Barthelme by Jerome KlinkowitzAnn Beattie by Michael Young and Troy ThibodeauxMorely Callaghan by Grant TraceyAngela Olive Carter by Erica BensonRaymond Carver by Hilary SiebertSandra Cisneros by L.M. LewisRobert Coover by Wayne B. StengelAnita Desai by Minoli SalgadoLouise Erdrich by Norma C. WilsonRichard Ford by Larry D. GriffinJanet Frame by Susan Rochette-CrawleyErnest J. Gaines by Mary Ellen DoyleMavis Gallant by Michael TrusslerNadine Gordimer by Christine LoflinPatricia Grace by Pierre-Damien MvuyekureGish Jen by R.C. FeddersonCharles Richard Johnson by Scharron A. Shy-ClaytonElizabeth Jolley by Brian DibbleJamaica Kincaid by Hemine LeeMaxine Hong Kingston by Jenny WangDoris Lessing by Richard OehlingBernard Malamud by Begoña Sîo CastiñeiraBobbie Ann Mason by Cheryl RobertsJames Alan McPherson by James KurtzlebenLoorie Moore by Susan Rochette-CrawleyBharati Mukherjee by Sherry Morton-MolloAlice Munro by J.R. (Tim) StruthersR.K. Narayan by Britta OlinderTim O'Brien by Brady HarrisonMichael Ondaatje by Allan WeissGrace Paley by Ann ChartersVelma Pollard by Pierre-Damien MvuyekureVictor S. Prichett by Karen TraceyJean Rhys by Paul KotrodimosSalman Rushdie by Farhat IftekharrudinSamuel Selvon by Hermine LeeOlive Senior by Mary GravittLeslie Marmon Silko by Neil NakadateAmy Tan by Elias EllefsonWilliam Trevor by Miriam Marty Clark