Art of the Short Story

ISBN-10: 0618155759

ISBN-13: 9780618155750

Edition: 2006

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This historically arranged anthology of short fiction by top American and international writers provides a comprehensive collection of both the classic stories as well as the most effective, relevant, and engaging modern and contemporary short stories. Through four distinct historical units, the author looks at the development of the short story as a genre. The historical introductions and visual spreads that begin each unit help instructors and students place the stories they read in a broader context. In addition to delineating the history and future of the short story, the anthology provides a comprehensive collection of classical and traditional stories and demonstrates the liveliness, flexibility, and dynamic nature of the genre. This dual focus grounds students in the tradition of the short story genre and gives them an appreciation for its contemporary context. Unlike many introductions to short fiction, this anthology includes a strong representation of newer works by international and American writers. A wide range of selections--traditional and innovative--includes works by such diverse authors as Aesop, James Baldwin, Geoffrey Chaucer, Anton Chekhov, Sandra Cisneros, John Updike, Eudora Welty, and Tobias Wolff. Visual elements include graphic spreads that open each historical unit with art, photos, and relevant cultural objects. Thematic clusters--in the Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary units--allow for a deeper exploration of historical themes through a combination of interrelated short stories and critical essays. The thematic clusters are "Domestic Fictions" (in the Nineteenth-Century unit), "The Harlem Renaissance" (in the Modern unit), and"Postcolonial Literature" (in the Contemporary unit). Part Two--Reading, Writing, Discussing--includes critical essays on stories in the anthology, as well as essays by and interviews with writers featured in the text.
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Book details

List price: $99.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
Publication date: 7/27/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 1712
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 3.278
Language: English

Wendy Martin is Vice-Provost and George and Ronya Kozmetsky Professor of Transdisciplinary Studies and Professor of American Literature and American Studies at Claremont Graduate University. She is the author and editor of numerous books, including The Cambridge Introduction to Emily Dickinson (2007), We Are The Stories We Tell (1990), More Stories We Tell (2004), and The Art of the Short Story (2006).

Preliminary Contents
Stories Precursors to the Short Story Aesop (c. 620E560 B.C.)
""The Fox and the Grapes,"" ""The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse"" The Old Testament, King James Version
""The Creation of the World"" Chuang Tzu (c. 369268 B.C.)
""A Butterfly's Dream,"" From ""Discussion on Making All Things Equal"" Geoffrey Chaucer (c.13421400)
""The Wife of Bath's Tale"" Marie de France (c. 1150)
""Guigemar"" Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm (17851863); (17861859): ""Godfather
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