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Book Review: An Organon of Life Knowledge: Genres and Functions of the Short Story in North America, by Michael Basseler (Bielefeld, Transcript, 2019)

Jorge Sacido-Romero
p. 345-350
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Michael Basseler, An Organon of Life Knowledge: Genres and Functions of the Short Story in North America (Bielefeld, Transcript, 2019).

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Anyone interested or engaged in short story theory and criticism cannot but welcome the publication of Michael Basseler’s An Organon of Life Knowledge: Genres and Functions of the Short Story in North America. This monograph is undoubtedly an important contribution to the study of the short narrative form, a field that has experienced an unprecedented growth in the last thirty years or so. The volume tackles the old question of the connection between literature and life by investigating—to quote Basseler’s words in the introduction—“the complex interrelationship between real life and narrative make-believe […] ask[ing] how the genre of the North-American short story has functioned and continues to function as what I would like to call an organon of life knowledge, i.e. an ‘instrument of thought or knowledge’ that contributes to a culturally modelled notion of life” (17). In line with Terry Eagleton (The Meaning of Life [2007]), Basseler contributes to the rehabilitation of the term ...

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Jorge Sacido-Romero, « Book Review: An Organon of Life Knowledge: Genres and Functions of the Short Story in North America, by Michael Basseler (Bielefeld, Transcript, 2019) »Journal of the Short Story in English, 73 | 2019, 345-350.

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Jorge Sacido-Romero, « Book Review: An Organon of Life Knowledge: Genres and Functions of the Short Story in North America, by Michael Basseler (Bielefeld, Transcript, 2019) »Journal of the Short Story in English [En ligne], 73 | Autumn 2019, mis en ligne le 01 décembre 2021, consulté le 15 juin 2021. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/jsse/2923

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Jorge Sacido-Romero

Jorge Sacido-Romero is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). His research in the last twelve years has focused mainly on modern and postmodern British short fiction, on which he has published several articles and (co-)edited volumes such as Modernism, Postmodernism and the Short Story in English (Rodopi, 2012), Gender and Short Fiction (Routledge, 2018) and Postcolonial Youth in Contemporary British Fiction (Brill, forthcoming). He has supervised three projects on this topic funded by the Galician Regional Government (2008-2011) and the Government of Spain, the last one, still ongoing, Intersections (FEM2017-83084-P – AEI/FEDER). At present, he participates in the consortium Short Forms Beyond Borders (SFBB), funded by the European Union (Erasmus + KA203-CC1350A2). He is a member of the steering committee of the European Network for Short Fiction Research, and is also part of the Research Group Discourse & Identity (GRC2015/002 GI-1924) and the Research Network Twenty-First-Century Anglophone Literatures (RED2018-102678, AEI, FEDER, 2019).

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