The Short Story Cycle: A Genre Companion and Reference Guide (Hardback)
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The Short Story Cycle: A Genre Companion and Reference Guide (Hardback)

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Hardback 243 Pages / Published: 14/12/1988
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This guide is an excellent beginning for the study of a little-recognized genre and will be needed by all academic libraries. Choice During the 1970s many distinguished writers began experimenting with the short story cycle, a literary form that achieved prominence in the early decades of the century through such works as James Joyce's Dubliners and Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio. Despite the growing interest of both writers and readers, no theoretical work has been done on this genre in the past ten years. The Short Story Cycle provides a wide-ranging survey of the subject, offering detailed analyses of nine classic short story cycles and an annotated listing of over 120 others, many by contemporary authors. In addition, the introduction includes a history of the genre and its related forms as well as a discussion of conventions associated with the cycle. Short story cycles by Joyce, Anderson, Hemingway, Steinbeck, Faulkner, Welty, O'Connor, and Updike are described in individual chapters. These works illustrate the genre's diversity and vitality, ranging from cycles that are explicitly related through chronology, plot, and character to collections that reveal subtler, implicit unities. The author looks at the ways different writers use repeated or developed characters, themes, myth, imagery, setting, point of view, and plot or chronology to create the sense of a larger whole. Chapter bibliographies supply information on relevant critical writings as well as biographical and autobiographical materials. The volume concludes with an annotated listing of important twentieth-century short-story cycles by American, British, European, Canadian, Australian, Polish, Soviet, and Latin American writers.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313250811
Number of pages: 243
Weight: 526 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 15 mm
Edition: Annotated edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Some literary critics may take issue with the formal recognition this book gives to the short story cycle, i.e., a unified short story collection. However, any evaluation of this volume should not be predicated on this premise. This useful work must be regarded as presented: a reference guide that does not pretend to be a comprehensive theoretical study but one that breaks ground for such studies. It contains an introduction, which includes a brief history of the genre, and discusses conventions associated with the cycle, an annotated listing of more than 120 cycles, and detailed analyses of unifying forms in nine representative cycles. The analyses deal with James Joyce's Dubliners, Eudora Welty's Golden Apples, Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, Ernest Hemingway's In Our Time, and works by William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, John Steinbeck, and John Updike. These analyses formed Mann's 1984 dissertation. Her enhanced basic study is presented in a functional style that suits the well-organized, easily used format. This guide is an excellent beginning for the study of a little-recognized genre and will be needed by all academic libraries."-Choice
"The lists of titles are useful, but novices to the genre will find the thoughtful explanations and annotations just as valuable, and few librarians will come away from this volume without learning something new....recommended as a readers' advisory and collection development tool."-Booklist/RBB
?The lists of titles are useful, but novices to the genre will find the thoughtful explanations and annotations just as valuable, and few librarians will come away from this volume without learning something new....recommended as a readers' advisory and collection development tool.?-Booklist/RBB
?Some literary critics may take issue with the formal recognition this book gives to the short story cycle, i.e., a unified short story collection. However, any evaluation of this volume should not be predicated on this premise. This useful work must be regarded as presented: a reference guide that does not pretend to be a comprehensive theoretical study but one that breaks ground for such studies. It contains an introduction, which includes a brief history of the genre, and discusses conventions associated with the cycle, an annotated listing of more than 120 cycles, and detailed analyses of unifying forms in nine representative cycles. The analyses deal with James Joyce's Dubliners, Eudora Welty's Golden Apples, Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, Ernest Hemingway's In Our Time, and works by William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, John Steinbeck, and John Updike. These analyses formed Mann's 1984 dissertation. Her enhanced basic study is presented in a functional style that suits the well-organized, easily used format. This guide is an excellent beginning for the study of a little-recognized genre and will be needed by all academic libraries.?-Choice

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