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The Short Story

1st Edition

By Ian Reid

Routledge

90 pages

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Description

First published in 1977, this book examines the short story, which is one of the most widely read of all modern genres. The study begins by examining some preliminary problems of definition before going on to trace the emergence of what is usually meant by ‘the modern short story’ and examine the various kinds of narrative from which it derives, such as the sketch, the yarn, Märchen, parable and fable. The final chapter considers the possibility that there are certain structural properties belonging distinctively to the short story.

This book will be of interest to those studying literature and creative writing.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; 1. Problems of Definition 2. Growth of a Genre 3. Tributary Forms 4. Brevity Expanded 5. Essential Qualities?; Bibliography; Index

About the Series

The Critical Idiom Reissued

This set of 37 volumes is a revival of the original Critical Idiom series. First published between 1969 and 1979, the volumes in this series provide concise and accessible introductions to a range of critical terms which are key to the study of literature. This set will be a valuable resource for students working with complex literary terminology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT025000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / General