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Frédérique Spill et Randall Wilhelm
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Ron Rash
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In Ron Rash’s house of fiction there are no loose stones. Every word, every sound, every image finds its destined place, carrying readers along a chiseled path deep into Rash World, a land of haunting beauty and aching hardship, of grim choices and deals with the devil, where the smallest details radiate with a strange luminosity. Rash’s stories are as tough as his characters, as solid and mysterious as the mountains in which they live: a farmer sets a hook in a hen’s egg to catch a thief; a widower in love with a pyromaniac prays for rain; a young boy bonds with the dead in a downed airplane; a group of old timers fish obsessively for something only they can see; a wounded man confronts his past in a farmhouse covered in paintings of strange beasts. Rash is a writer who can create a character in a single sentence, his stories are remarkable achievements in concision and precision, the tales as smooth and polished as Hemingway’s stones, as surprising as O’Connor’s “large and startli...

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Frédérique Spill et Randall Wilhelm, « Introduction »Journal of the Short Story in English, 74 | 2020, 15-23.

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Frédérique Spill et Randall Wilhelm, « Introduction »Journal of the Short Story in English [En ligne], 74 | Spring 2020, mis en ligne le 01 juin 2022, consulté le 27 janvier 2022. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/jsse/3003

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Frédérique Spill

Frédérique Spill is Professor of American literature at the University of Picardy–Jules Verne in Amiens, France. She is the author of L’Idiotie dans l’œuvre de William Faulkner (PSN, 2009), soon to be published in English. She contributed to Critical Insights: The Sound and the Fury (Salem Press, 2014) and to Faulkner at Fifty: Tutors and Tyros (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014). She coedited The Wagon Moves: New Essays on As I Lay Dying, published in 2018 (L’Harmattan), as well as the spring 2018 issue of The Faulkner Journal. She has also published articles in French and in English on varied contemporary American authors including Flannery O’Connor, Cormac McCarthy, Robert Penn Warren, Jonathan Safran Foer, Nicole Krauss, Willa Cather, Russell Banks, Philip Roth, Toni Morrison, Elizabeth Spencer and Ron Rash. The Radiance of Small Things in Ron Rash’s Writing was published by the University of South Carolina Press in 2019.

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Randall Wilhelm

Randall Wilhelm is editor of The Ron Rash Reader (University of South Carolina Press, 2014), co-editor of Summoning the Dead: Essays on Ron Rash (University of South Carolina Press, 2018), and editor of Conversations with Robert Morgan (University Press of Mississippi, 2019). He holds degrees in both visual art and literature, and has published over forty essays on American, Southern, and Appalachian writers and artists. Wilhelm has written on Rash’s prose and poetry, including the essays “Ghostly Voices and Worker Bodies: Power and Resistance in Rash’s Eureka Mill” (South Carolina Review, 2010), “‘A Boxed and Stilled Forever’: Vision, Death and Affect in the Work of Ron Rash” (Summoning the Dead, 2018), and “Arresting Visions: Film Noir, Visual Detection, and the Invisible Corpse in Ron Rash’s One Foot in Eden” (Detecting the South in Fiction, Film, and Television, Louisiana State University Press, 2019). Wilhelm’s current work focuses on narrative visualities, undeadness, environmental theory, and object-oriented ontology. He is associate professor of English at Anderson University, South Carolina.

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