Studies in Short Fiction

Scholarly journal covers American and British fiction, short stories, and narrative poems through critical essays and book reviews.

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 4, Fall

Cinematic Rhythms in the Short Fiction of Eudora Welty
This little clicking contraption with the revolving handle will make a revolution in our life--in the life of writers ... We shall have to adapt ourselves to the shadowy screen and to the cold machine. A new form of writing will be necessary...
Minimalism and the Short Story
In literary analysis the term "minimalism" refers not only to a certain understated style of fiction writing, but also to an assembly of charac-teristics that are particularly ascribed to the short story, for both minimalism and the short story are...
Prolegomenon to a Generic Study of the Short Story
In my efforts to understand the qualities of the short story--or perhaps I should say, "stories that are short"--I am always haunted by Ruth Suckow's stinging 1927 rebuke against the critical use of the definite article. "All discussions of art on...
Suspended Narratives: The Short Story and Temporality
Genres provide a conceptual framework for the mediation (if not the `solution') of intractable problems, a method for rendering such problems intelligible. Michael McKeon, The Origins of the English Novel 20 In Midnight's Children, Salman...
The Minimalist Short Story: Its Definition, Writers, and (Small) Heyday
A new type of short story peopled, according to many critics, with motiveless characters involved in meaningless actions, began to appear in American publications, notably the New Yorker, in the 1970s and by 1985 had, some of the same critics said,...
The Short Stories of Louise Edrich's Novels
In much recent short story theory, attempts are made to identify formal characteristics peculiar to the genre of "short story," or, in a variation of that attempt, to identify elements in a story that influence the reader to believe s/he is coming...
The Synchronic Series as the Origin of the Modernist Short Story
Story collections by James Joyce, Katherine Mansfield, and D. H. Lawrence, and across the Atlantic by William Faulkner, Sherwood Anderson, and Ernest Hemingway, all helped define a new style of short fiction. A key to this stylistic and thematic "revolution"...
Waves of Time in Faulkner's Go Down, Moses
Always, when we read Faulkner, we move into a world of changing relationships and shifting boundaries. Narration emerges from apocryphal observations as often as from firsthand accounts. Lineage and ancestry are one and at the same time fixed in blood...
Why the "Life of Ma Parker" Is Not So Simple: Preclosure in Issue-Bound Stories
She's a widowed charwoman. Yesterday, her loving little grandson, the light of her dreary life, was buried. As servant, wife, and mother, she's the generic British working-class female at the turn of the century--cowed by drudgery and burdened by...