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The American Short Story Cycle

Jennifer J. Smith


The American Short Story Cycle spans two centuries to tell the history of a genre that includes major and marginal authors, from Washington Irving through William Faulkner to Jhumpa Lahiri. The short story cycle rose and proliferated because its form compellingly renders the uncertainties that emerge from the twin pillars of modern America culture: individualism and pluralism. Short story cycles reflect how individuals adapt to change, whether it is the railroad coming to the small town in Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio (1919) or social media revolutionizing language in Jennifer Egan’s A ... More

Keywords: Short story cycle, Individualism, Pluralism, Gender, Ethnicity, Regionalism, Modernism, Contemporary, American

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474423939
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474423939.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer J. Smith, author