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. 3, Summer

Borges's "Ulrike" - Signature of a Literary Life
When readers of Borges reach for his later works, they arc often a little disappointed by what they find. Collections like The Book of Sand (which contains the short story "Ulrike") and Doctor Brodie's Report, which both appeared in the 1970s, are...
Closer to Home: Carver versus Altman
I want to compare Robert Altman's film Short Cuts with some of the stones by Raymond Carver on which the film is based.(1) My purpose is not to test the fidelity of the film to the stories: a film has its own kind of vision, and a director should...
Consuming Love: Edna O'Brien's "A Rose in the Heart of New York."
Nearly 20 years ago, Adrienne Rich in Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution lamented the paucity of material exploring the mother-daughter relationship: This cathexis between mother and daughter--essential, distorted, misused--is...
Creating Space in the Margins: Power and Identity in the "Cuentos Breves" of Pia Barros and Cristina Peri Rossi
Creative expression, whether public or private, can be read as the manifestation of an individual's desire for freedom, for empowered selfhood, and for inclusion in the discourses of one's community. Pia Barros and Cristina, Peri Rossi, two Latin...
Motion Sickness: Spectacle and Circulation in Thomas Hardy's "On the Western Circuit."
Dreading the moment when the inexorable stoker, grimly lurking behind the rococo-work, should decide that this set of riders had had their pennyworth, and bring the whole concern of steam-engine, horses, mirrors, trumpets, drums, cymbals,...
Pouring Drinks and Getting Drunk: The Social and Personal Implications of Drinking in John Updike's 'Too Far to Go.'
Few people would dispute the far-reaching role drinking plays in society. As critical studies such as Thomas B. Gilmore's Equivocal Spirits: Alcoholism and Drinking in Twentieth-Century Literature demonstrate, literary representations of drinking,...
Sex Wars in 'Moon Deluxe': Frederick Barthelme and Postmodern Prufrock
Minimalism is dead, or so it has been portrayed recently, and most who are in a position to speak on the subject are glad to see it go.(1) Raymond Carver survived the assault on the movement with his reputation intact, only to succumb to cancer. Ann...
"The Mark of the Beast": Rudyard Kipling's Apocalyptic Vision of Empire
The past decade has finally laid to rest the stereotype of Kipling the jingoistic poet of Empire. With few exceptions, recent critics of Kipling's work have commented on the ambiguity and multi-voicedness of his fictional portraits of Empire, and...
This Cosmic Pawnshop We Call Life: Nathaniel West, Bergson, Capitalism and Schizophrenia
1 After three days of sleep, Ass Lonelyhearts dreams a dream. And in this dream he finds himself an object in a pawnshop window, displayed along with such fetishistic objects as diamond rings, watches, shotguns, fishing tackle, mandolins, as...
"Wolfings": Angela Carter's Becoming-Narrative
Who has not known the violence of these animal sequences, which uproot one from humanity, if only for an instant, making one scrape at one's bread like a rodent or giving one the yellow eyes of a feline? A fearsome involution calling us...

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