The classic short story, 1870-1925 [electronic resource] : theory of a genre / Florence Goyet
- Language Note:
- Translated from the French.
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- Open Access Unrestricted online access
- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- Part I: Structure -- 1. Paroxystic Characterisation -- 2. Antithetic Structure -- 3. Ending with a Twist -- 4. The Tools of Brevity -- 5. Conclusion to Part I -- Part II: Media -- 6. Exoticism in the Classic Short Story -- 7. Short Stories and the Travelogue -- Part III: Reader, character and author -- 8. A Foreign World -- 9. Dialogue and Character Discreditation -- 10. The Narrator, the Reflector and the Reader -- 11. Distance and Emotion -- 12. Conclusion to Part III: Are Dostoevsky's Short Stories Polyphonic? -- Epilogue: Beyond the Classic Short Story -- Bibliography -- Index.
- "The ability to construct a nuanced narrative or complex character in the constrained form of the short story has sometimes been seen as the ultimate test of an author's creativity. Yet during the time when the short story was at its most popular-the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries-even the greatest writers followed strict generic conventions that were far from subtle. This expanded and updated translation of Florence Goyet's influential La Nouvelle, 1870-1925: Description d'un genre à son apogée (Paris, 1993) is the only study to focus exclusively on this classic period across different continents. Ranging through French, English, Italian, Russian and Japanese writing-particularly the stories of Guy de Maupassant, Henry James, Giovanni Verga, Anton Chekhov and Akutagawa Ryunosuke-Goyet shows that these authors were able to create brilliant and successful short stories using the very simple 'tools of brevity' of that period. In this challenging and far-reaching study, Goyet looks at classic short stories in the context in which they were read at the time: cheap newspapers and higher-end periodicals. She demonstrates that, despite the apparent intention of these stories to question bourgeois ideals, they mostly affirmed the prejudices of their readers. In doing so, her book forces us to re-think our preconceptions about this 'forgotten' genre."--Publisher's website.
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Fully revised and updated translation, by Yvonne Freccero and Florence Goyet, of "La nouvelle, 1870-1925 : description d'un genre à son apogée". Paris : Presses universitaires de France, c1993.
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliography (pages 197-206) and index.
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- Mode of access: World Wide Web.
- This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0). For more detailed information consult the publisher's website.
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