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The Classic Short Story, 1870-1925: Theory of a Genre

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ISBN: 9781909254763 Year: Volume: 1 Pages: 219 DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0039 Language: English
Publisher: Open Book Publishers
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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The ability to construct a nuanced narrative or complex character in the constrained form of the short story has sometimes been seen as the ultimate test of an author's creativity. Yet during the time when the short story was at its most popular—the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—even the greatest writers followed strict generic conventions that were far from subtle.This expanded and updated translation of Florence Goyet's influential La Nouvelle, 1870-1925: Description d'un genre à son apogée (Paris, 1993) is the only study to focus exclusively on this classic period across different continents. Ranging through French, English, Italian, Russian and Japanese writing—particularly the stories of Guy de Maupassant, Henry James, Giovanni Verga, Anton Chekhov and Akutagawa Ryunosuke—Goyet shows that these authors were able to create brilliant and successful short stories using the very simple 'tools of brevity' of that period.In this challenging and far-reaching study, Goyet looks at classic short stories in the context in which they were read at the time: cheap newspapers and higher-end periodicals. She demonstrates that, despite the apparent intention of these stories to question bourgeois ideals, they mostly affirmed the prejudices of their readers. In doing so, her book forces us to re-think our preconceptions about this 'forgotten' genre.

The Classic Short Story, 1870-1925

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ISBN: 9781909254770 Year: Pages: 219 DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0039 Language: English
Publisher: Open Book Publishers
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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The ability to construct a nuanced narrative or complex character in the constrained form of the short story has sometimes been seen as the ultimate test of an author's creativity. Yet during the time when the short story was at its most popular - the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries - even the greatest writers followed strict generic conventions that were far from subtle. This expanded and updated translation of Florence Goyet's influential La Nouvelle, 1870-1925: Description d'un genre à son apogée (Paris, 1993) is the only study to focus exclusively on this classic period across different continents. Ranging through French, English, Italian, Russian and Japanese writing - particularly the stories of Guy de Maupassant, Henry James, Giovanni Verga, Anton Chekhov and Akutagawa Ryūnosuke - Goyet shows that these authors were able to create brilliant and successful short stories using the very simple 'tools of brevity' of that period. In this challenging and far-reaching study, Goyet looks at classic short stories in the context in which they were read at the time: cheap newspapers and higher-end periodicals. She demonstrates that, despite the apparent intention of these stories to question bourgeois ideals, they mostly affirmed the prejudices of their readers. In doing so, her book forces us to re-think our preconceptions about this 'forgotten' genre.

Sicile(s) d'aujourd'hui

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ISBN: 9782878549898 Language: French
Publisher: Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle
Subject: Science (General)
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Loin des stéréotypes qui enveloppent souvent l’image de “la” Sicile et occultent la complexité du réel, cet ouvrage s’attache à montrer la richesse et la diversité des Sicile(s) d’aujourd’hui. Les plus éminents représentants de la société civile et judiciaire, opérateurs culturels ou spécialistes des arts (littérature, théâtre, cinéma, BD) y confrontent leurs analyses. De grands artistes débattent des enjeux de la création dans le devenir de leur pays. Se révèle ainsi la tension constructive entre poids de l’Histoire et urgence de l’actualité, entre mémoire de la tradition et élans novateurs, entre passivité du désespoir et énergie de la révolte. Hors de tout repli dans une insularité close, les ferments sociaux, politiques, éthiques et esthétiques qui naissent et se développent en Sicile, ou à partir de la Sicile, apparaissent comme une force vitale essentielle. Le lecteur y reconnaîtra alors une sorte de “laboratoire” – sicilien, italien et/ou européen – du courage et de la créativité.

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