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Introduction to Special Section: The Short Story in Context

Elke D'hoker
p. 19-26

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Since the emergence of the modern short story as a distinct literary form in the second half of the nineteenth century, many critics and writers have sought to decide what it is exactly that distinguishes the short story from longer fiction, such as the novella or the novel. Is it a matter of “unity of impression,” as Edgar Allan Poe famously argued, or does a specific “poetics of brevity” characterize the form (Poe 60; Zumthor)? Does the short story address unique thematic concerns or existential questions, as critics from Frank O’Connor to Charles May have argued, or is it necessarily “a form of the margins,” offering itself “to losers and loners, exiles, women, blacks” (Hanson 2)? Are there stylistic features such as the epiphany, the ellipsis or the allusion that are essential to the form, and is “literary impressionism” its dominant aesthetic mode (Ferguson, March-Russell)? The matter is far from decided. All critics seem to agree upon is that “[i]n order to belong to the class...

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Elke D'hoker, « Introduction to Special Section: The Short Story in Context », Journal of the Short Story in English, 71 | 2018, 19-26.

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Elke D'hoker, « Introduction to Special Section: The Short Story in Context », Journal of the Short Story in English [En ligne], 71 | Autumn 2018, mis en ligne le 01 décembre 2020, consulté le 29 mai 2020. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/jsse/2138

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Elke D'hoker

KU Leuven Faculty of Arts

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