New scholarly essays on the short story in English as a phenomenon of world literature
This collection explores the history and development of the anglophone short story since the beginning of the nineteenth century. Ranging across texts from different parts of the English-speaking world, it studies the form in its many guises and venues of publication. Why have writers of so many nationalities and dispositions found the short story amenable to experimentation and discovery? What is the history and origin of the modern short story, and what has been the role of the publishing business, of academic criticism, of the Creative Writing 'industry', and of the digital revolution in shaping and disseminating it over the past two centuries? This collection of innovative essays by new and established scholars explores these and other questions, addressing stories from around the world, and considering their relationship to place, identity, history and genre.
- New critical perspectives on the English-language short story by established scholars and new voices
- Provides an international perspective on the form
- Showcases a wide range of critical approaches and perspectives, including Book History, genre criticism, postcolonial theory, queer studies, feminist criticism, war writing, disability studies, Creative Writing, and ecocriticism
About the Author:
Paul Delaney is Associate Professor in the School of English, Trinity College Dublin. He is author of Seán O'Faoláin: Literature, Inheritance and the 1930s (2014), and editor of Reading Colm Tóibín (2008) and William Trevor: Revaluations, with Michael Parker (2013).
Adrian Hunter is Senior Lecturer in English Studies at the University of Stirling. He is author of The Cambridge Introduction to the Short Story in English (2007), and of several articles and chapters on British and North American short fiction. He is currently editing a volume of James Hogg's contributions to international periodicals for the definitive Stirling/South Carolina Research Edition of Hogg's work, also published by Edinburgh University Press.