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The American Short Story Cycle$
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Jennifer J. Smith

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474423939

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474423939.001.0001

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Novellas-in-Flash and Flash Cycles

Novellas-in-Flash and Flash Cycles

(p.170) Coda Novellas-in-Flash and Flash Cycles
The American Short Story Cycle

Jennifer J. Smith

Edinburgh University Press

The coda places the book in a larger discourse about new formalisms, which see form as a way to understand political, social, and ethical issues as intrinsic to aesthetic practice. The coda offers a theory of how the short story cycle inverts, displaces, and combines elements of the short story, the short story collection, the novel, and ancient story cycles. The long history of the cycle suggests a unique generic compulsion—which unsettles expectations of closure, development, revelation, and explanation—that revolutionized modern and contemporary fiction.

Keywords:   New Formalism, Aesthetics, Novella-in-Flash, Flash Cycles, Justin Torres, Jenny Offill, Mario Alberto Zambrano

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