The United Stories of America: Studies in the Short Story Composite

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Rodopi, 1999 - 208 oldal
This book discusses the American short story composite, or short story cycle, a neglected form of writing consisting of autonomous stories interlocking into a whole. The critical work done on this genre has so far focused on the closural strategies of the composites, on how unity is accomplished in these texts. This study takes into consideration, to a greater degree than earlier criticism, the short story composite as an open work, emphasizing the tension between the independent stories and the unified work, between the discontinuity and fragmentation, on the one hand, and the totalizing strategies, on the other. The discussion of the genre is illustrated with references to numerous American short story composites.
 

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Introduction
7
Sketching the Generic Boundaries
32
Coherence and Closure in the Short Story Composite
52
Indeterminacy and Open Form
82
E Pluribus Unum
106
The Fringe Story
124
Subverting Social and Narrative Convention
146
A Multiplicity of Myths The Golden Apples
168
Bibliography
185
Index
203
Copyright

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17. oldal - ... a book of short stories so linked to each other by their author that the reader's successive experience on various levels of the pattern of the whole significantly modifies his experience of each of its component parts ( 19).
20. oldal - That the primary concern of criticism is with the problem of unity - the kind of whole which the literary work forms or fails to form, and the relation of the various parts to each other in building up this whole.

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