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American Women Short Story Writers

A Collection of Critical Essays, 1st Edition

Edited by Julie Brown


398 pages

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This collection of original and classic essays examines the contributions that female authors have made to the short story. The introductory chapter discusses why genre critics have ignored works by women and why feminist scholars have ignored the short story genre. Subsequent chapters discuss early stories by such authors as Lydia Maria Child and Rose Terry Cooke. Others are devoted to the influences (race, class, sexual orientation, education) that have shaped women's short fiction through the years. Women's special stylistic, formal and thematic concerns are also discussed in this study. The final essay addresses the ways our contemporary creative-writing classes are stifling the voices of emerging young female authors. The collection includes an extensive five-part bibliography.

Table of Contents

General Editor's Introduction


Introduction Julie Brown

Literary Excellence and Social Reform: Lydia Maria Child's Ultraisms for the 1840s Bruce Mills

Fiction as Political Discourse: Rose Terry Cooke's Antisuffrage Short Stories Sherry Lee Linkon

Elizabeth Stoddard: An Examination of Her Work as Pivot Between Exploratory Fiction and the Modern Short Story Timothy Morris

Who Was That Masked Woman? Gender and Form in Louisa May Alcott's Fiction Gail K. Smith Ripe Fruit: Fantastic Elements in the Short Fiction of Ellen Glasgow, Edith Wharton, and Eudora Welty Stephanie Branson

Lady Terrorists: Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers and the Ghost Story Barbara Patrick

Representations of Female Authorship in Turn of the Century American Magazine Fiction Ellen Gruber Garvey

Lesbian Magazine Fiction in the Early Twentieth Century Lillian Faderman

Martha Wolfenstein's Isyls of the Grass and rhw Dilemma of Ethnic Self-Representation Barbara Shollar

Fannie Hurst's Short Stories of Working Women--"Oats for the Woman," Sob Sister," and Contemporary Reader Responses: A meditation Susan Koppleman

Lost Broders and Blurred Boundaries : Mary Austin as Storyteller Linda K. Karell

Ritual and Renewal: Keres Tradition sin the Short Fiction of Leslie Silko A. Lavonne Brown Ruoff

"A Revolutionary Tale": In Search of African American Women's Short Story Writing Bill Mullen

Society and Self in Alice Walker's in Love and Trouble Dolan Hubbard

Displaced Abjection and States of Grace: Denise Chavez's The Last of the Menu Girls Douglas Anderson

Dorthy Parker's Perpetual Motion Ken Johnson

The "Feminine" Short Story in America: Historicizing Epiphanies Mary Burgan

Joyce Carol Oates: Reimagining the Masters, Or, A Woman's Place Is in Her Own Fiction Margaret Rogza

Gender and Genre: The Case of the Novel-in-Stories Margot kelly The Great Ventriloquist Act: Gender and Voice in the Fiction Workshop Julie Brown

Bibliography of primary Sources Susan Koppleman

Bibliography of Secondary Sources Amy Schoenberger



About the Editor

Julie Brown , (PhD., University of Winsconsin-Milwaukee) is an English professor at Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Oregon, where she teaches American literature, creative writing, and composition.

About the Series

Wellesley Studies in Critical Theory, Literary History and Culture

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