Critical Insights: American Short Story

Critical Insights Series

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  • 1 Volume; 300 Pages
  • 10-14 essays offering Current Critical Analysis by Top Literary Scholars
  • Introductory Essay by the Editor
  • Additional Works on Theme
  • Detailed Bio of the Editor
  • General Bibliography
  • General Subject Index
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Editor: Michael Cocchiarale
April 2015 · 1 volume · 300 pages · 6"x9"

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ISBN: 978-1-61925-425-1
# of Pages: 300
# of Volumes: 1
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Outstanding, in-depth scholarship by renowned literary critics; great starting point for students seeking an introduction to the theme and the critical discussions surrounding it.

Critical Insights: American Short Story provides thoughtful, accessible essays that, taken together, provide a firm sense of the range of thematic, stylistic, and formal developments of the American short story over the past two hundred years. The main section of the book consists of ten Critical Readings that take a variety of approaches. Some revisit often-studied works and writers, others bring attention to forgotten or neglected stories and writers, and still others develop insights on significant contemporary authors. The next five essays take up the aesthetic achievements of short story writers in the early to mid-twentieth century.

Topics in this title include: “A Study in Pain”: Musical Variations and Ernest Hemingway’s “The Gambler, the Nun, and the Radio,” by Nicole J. Carnastra, “Knowledge and Power in Henry James’ ‘In the Cage,’” by Lind Simon, “The ‘Vanishing American’: Remembering Weldon Kees’ Short Fiction,” by Ola Madhour, “’The Blue Hotel’ and Stephen Crane’s American Violence,” by Marc Dziak, plus many more.

Each essay is 2,500 to 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of "Works Cited," along with endnotes. Finally, the volume's appendixes offer a section of useful reference resources:

About This Volume
Critical Context: Original Introductory Essays
Critical Readings: Original In-Depth Essays
Further Readings
Detailed Bibliography
Detailed Bio of the Editor
General Subject Index