The Tales We Tell: Perspectives on the Short Story


The 1990s have seen a renaissance in short fiction studies. This book brings together the opinions, theories, and research of many of today's best-known short story writers, theorists, and critics. It includes essays by leading authors, such as Joyce Carol Oates, John Barth, Robert Coover, Leslie Marmon Silko, Barry Hannah, Gay Talese, and W. P. Kinsella, who reflect on the writing process. The volume traces the origins of the short story back to Chaucer and follows the development of the form through today's "hyper-stories" created interactively in cyberspace. The broad scope of the book covers short stories from around the world, including those from Africa, Australia, Great Britain, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • John Barth
  • Ewing Campbell
  • Hilary Siebert
  • Susan Jaret McKinstry
  • Gerald Lynch
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1998


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