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United Stories of America: Studies in the Short Story Composite (Costerus New Series) [Paperback]

Rolf Lunden

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This book discusses the American short story composite, or short story cycle, a neglected mode of narrative consisting of autonomous stories interlocking into a measure of unity. With a few exceptions, critical work devoted to this genre has so far focused on the closural strategies of the composite, on how conherence is accomplished in the text. This study takes into consideration, to a greater degree than previous criticism, the short story composite as an open work, emphasizing the tension between the independent stories and the unified work, between the discontinuity and the fragmentation, on the one hand, and the totalizing narrative strategies, on the other.

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Until very recently one form of narrative fiction was relegated to an existence in the shadowland: the book consisting of autonomous short stories which interconnect and join into a larger whole, the mode of writing that has gradually come to be known as the short story composite, the short story cycle or the short story sequence. Read the first page
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