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The British and Irish Short Story Handbook (Wiley Blackwell Literature Handbooks) [Kindle Edition]

David Malcolm

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Book Description

The British and Irish Short Story Handbook guides readers through the development of the short story and the unique critical issues involved in discussions of short fiction. It includes a wide-ranging analysis of non-canonical and non-realist writers as well as the major authors and their works, providing a comprehensive and much-needed appraisal of this area.
  • Guides readers through the development of the short story and critical issues involved in discussions of short fiction
  • Offers a detailed discussion of the range of genres in the British and Irish short story
  • Includes extensive analysis of non-canonical writers, such as Hubert Crackanthorpe, Ella D’Arcy, T.F. Powys, A.E. Coppard, Julian Maclaren-Ross, Mollie Panter-Downes, Denton Welch, and Sylvia Townsend Warner
  • Provide a wide-ranging discussion of non-realist and experimental short stories
  • Includes a large section on the British short story in the Second World War

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"Overall, The British and Irish Short Story Handbook willbe a useful tool in the teaching of the short story atundergraduate and postgraduate level. Further, for scholars new tothe field of short story criticism it is an accessible yetwell–informed entry point.  With the range of resources itoffers and the succinct summaries it provides of key issues, topicsand debates it collates some of the central tenets of the field. Iam sure it will set people off on a fruitful journey into theever–developing field of the British and Irish short story andshort story criticism."  (Irish Studies Review, 21November 2013)

"The British and Irish Short Story Handbook is anexcellent introduction to the short story as a literary form, butis of greater interest to the student than to a general reader, andmy reservations on the entry on Warner should not detract from thefact that her inclusion in it draws her closer to mainstreamliterary fiction as it is taught in schools and universities. Andfor that we should be grateful." (Journal of the Sylvia TownsendWarner Society, 1 February 2013)

"Summing Up: Recommended.  Lower–level undergraduates andgeneral readers." (Choice, 1 November 2012)

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The British and Irish Short Story Handbook guides readersthrough the development of the short story and the critical issuesinvolved in discussions of short fiction. By including in–depthanalysis of non–canonical writers and non–realist writers alongsidethat of major authors and their works, the handbook offers acomprehensive and much–needed appraisal of this area of literarystudy.

The guide contains a brief history of the development of theform since the 1880s, with discussions of central texts by, amongstothers, Rudyard Kipling, H. G. Wells, Jean Rhys, V. S. Pritchett,James Sheridan Le Fanu, and Samuel Beckett. There follows anexamination of some central issues in contemporary short–storycriticism: definition of the short story; its status as a genre;the collection as an interpretive context; the importance of themotif of marginality; canonicity; and the role of institutions inthe form s development. It continues with a discussion on therange of genres in the twentieth and twenty–first century shortstory, with particular attention to the interplay of realist andnon–realist genres.

The book also examines the work of selected major short–storywriters. Irish authors considered throughout the book includeGeorge Moore, Seán O Faoláin, John McGahern,William Trevor, and Mary Dorcey; discussion of writers active inmainland Britain includes  Robert Louis Stevenson, HenryJames, Katherine Mansfield, Elizabeth Bowen, Somerset Maugham, J.G. Ballard, and Angela Carter.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 579 KB
  • Print Length: 365 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1444330462
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (12 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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