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

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ISBN: 9782821854079 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 Akutagàwa Ryünosuke-Goyet shows that these authors were able tocreate brilliant and successful short stories using the very simple 'tools of brevity' of that period. ln 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 periodicills. She demonstrates that, despite the apparent intention of these stories to question bourgeois ideals, they mostly affirmed the prejudices of their readers. ln doing so, her book forces us to re-think our preconceptions about this 'forgotten' genre.

Le vagabond et son ombre : G. Nagarajan

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ISBN: 9791036549915 DOI: 10.4000/books.ifp.3194 Language: French
Publisher: Institut Français de Pondichéry
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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License: OpenEdition Licence for Books

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Ce brahmane déconcerte : à travers une ultime décennie de bohème et d'errance, cet homme de bonne caste, d’une carrure tant physique qu’intellectuelle au-dessus de la moyenne, abolit toute respectabilité et s’applique à s’autodétruire. Telle est l’image que GN laisse de lui-même en fin de vie, réussissant ainsi à brouiller notre vision de son œuvre par l’ombre qu’il projette inévitablement sur elle. Ecrivain d’une rigueur et d’une densité rares, ses thèmes et son style incisif tranchent sur une littérature tamoule de coteaux moyens, plus tournée vers le divertissement. Il lui impose un monde étranger à son lectorat bourgeois et fort peu exploré en tamoul avant lui, celui d’un ‘prolétariat’ urbain grouillant de vie. Sans jamais sombrer dans le misérabilisme ni dans l’idéologie progressiste des intellectuels militants qu’il a fréquentés d’abord, il anticipe brillamment d'une génération sur l’explosion globale des littératures ‘dalit’ mais sans pour autant être intégré à celles-ci. Seul, ignoré ou admiré, il reste largement à découvrir. Son œuvre de fiction, ni réaliste ni populiste, est d’une précision clinique. Le talent de l’écrivain, très conscient mais rebelle à toute théorisation, consiste à peindre en l'éclairant de la lumière la plus crue, sous des angles variés mais toujours impitoyables, la société dans laquelle il situe une action exorcisée de toute métaphysique comme de tout misérabilisme, imperméable à toute sensiblerie, une vision du monde à travers ses soubassements. C’est par en-dessous qu’il en lait découvrir les mécanismes, intéressé par les manipulateurs de tous calibres, petits truqueurs ou ‘brokers’ parvenus, autant et plus que par leurs victimes, fasciné par la complexité des comportements humains et de leur enchaînement.

The American Short Story Cycle

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ISBN: 9781474423939 9781474423946 9781474423953 Year: DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474423939.001.0001 Language: English
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100850
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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The American Short Story Cycle shows the roots of modernism and postmodernism winds through the short story cycle. Reviewers ranging from the The New York Times to Amazon do not know what to call books like Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad or Jhumpa Lahiri’s Unaccustomed Earth. Why do such popular and acclaimed books spark debates about what they are and how they should be read? The American Short Story Cycle provides a history of this genre that has been hiding in plain sight. Dating back to the early nineteenth century and proliferating to the present, the short story cycle has been wildly popular both in the US and around the world. Stories in a cycle, which can be read singly but mean more together, reflect the individualism and pluralism that shape modern experience. This book gives a name and theory to the genre that has fostered the aesthetics of fragmentation and recurrence that characterize fiction today.

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Literature --- American --- genre --- ethnicity --- gender --- community --- short story

Babel' in Context

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Book Series: Borderlines: Russian and East European-Jewish Studies ISBN: 978936235957 9781618118530 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Academic Studies Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 104930
Subject: Sociology
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Isaak Babel (1894–1940) is arguably one of the greatest modern short story writers of the early twentieth century. Yet his life and work are shrouded in the mystery of who Babel was—an Odessa Jew who wrote in Russian, who came from one of the most vibrant centers of east European Jewish culture and all his life loved Yiddish and the stories of Sholom Aleichem.This is the first book in English to study the intertextuality of Babel’s work. It looks at Babel’s cultural identity as a case study in the contradictions and tensions of literary influence, personal loyalties, and ideological constraint. The complex and often ambivalent relations between the two cultures inevitably raise controversial issues that touch on the reception of Babel and other Jewish intellectuals in Russian literature, as well as the “Jewishness” of their work.

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