The Black American Short Story in the 20th Century

1975: Clifton Bullock, Baby Chocolate and Other Short Stories. 1977: Hal Bennett, Insanity Runs In Our Family. 11. MAJOR ANTHOLOGIES Adams, William et al. , edd. Afro-American Literature: Fiction. Boston, 1970. Adoff, Arnold, ed.

The Black American Short Story in the 20th Century

This volume is a collection of essays on black short stories written between 1998 and 1976. It aims to say something about the black short story as a genre and the development of the racial situation in America as well. The primary aim is to introduce the reader to this long neglected genre of black fiction. In contrast to the black novel, the short story has hardly been given extensive criticism, let alone serious attention. The individual essays of this collection aim at presenting new points of critical orientation in the hope of reviving and fostering further discussions. They provide a variety of approaches, and a great diversity of critical points of view.

The Geographies of African American Short Fiction

BLACK WOMEN SHORT STORY WRITERS Among Black women short story writers, we might view Hurston, Bambara, and Walker as an “essential 3.” Editors chose stories by these three literary artists more than any other Black women writers.

The Geographies of African American Short Fiction

Perhaps the brevity of short fiction accounts for the relatively scant attention devoted to it by scholars, who have historically concentrated on longer prose narratives. The Geographies of African American Short Fiction seeks to fill this gap by analyzing the ways African American short story writers plotted a diverse range of characters across multiple locations—small towns, a famous metropolis, city sidewalks, a rural wooded area, apartment buildings, a pond, a general store, a prison, and more. In the process, these writers highlighted the extents to which places and spaces shaped or situated racial representations. Presenting African American short story writers as cultural cartographers, author Kenton Rambsy documents the variety of geographical references within their short stories to show how these authors make cultural spaces integral to their artwork and inscribe their stories with layered and resonant social histories. The history of these short stories also documents the circulation of compositions across dozens of literary collections for nearly a century. Anthology editors solidified the significance of a core group of short story authors including James Baldwin, Toni Cade Bambara, Charles Chesnutt, Ralph Ellison, Zora Neale Hurston, and Richard Wright. Using quantitative information and an extensive literary dataset, The Geographies of African American Short Fiction explores how editorial practices shaped the canon of African American short fiction.

Ethnicity and the American Short Story

Returning to the formation of African American cultural politics of the 1940s is thus one way to excavate the road taken by these and other black woman warriors. It is an enterprise Terry McMillan, who knows a thing or two about race ...

Ethnicity and the American Short Story

How do different ethnic groups approach the short story form? Do different groups develop culture-related themes? Do oral traditions within a particular culture shape the way in which written stories are told? Why does "the community" loom so large in ethnic stories? How do such traditional forms as African American slave narratives or the Chinese talk-story shape the modern short story? Which writers of color should be added to the canon? Why have some minority writers been ignored for such a long time? How does a person of color write for white publishers, editors, and readers? Each essay in this collection of original studies addresses these questions and other related concerns. It is common knowledge that most scholarly work on the short story has been on white writers: This collection is the first work to specifically focus on short story practice by ethnic minorities in America, ranging from African Americans to Native Americans, Chinese Americans to Hispanic Americans. The number of women writers discussed will be of particular interest to women studies and genre studies researchers, and the collections will be of vital interest to scholars working in American literature, narrative theory, and multicultural studies.

The Columbia Guide to Contemporary African American Fiction

Centers of the Self : Short Stories by Black American Women from the Nineteenth Century to the Present . New York : Hill and Wang , 1994 . Hill , Patricia Liggins , Bernard W. Bell , Trudier Harris , et al . , eds .

The Columbia Guide to Contemporary African American Fiction

From Ishmael Reed and Toni Morrison to Colson Whitehead and Terry McMillan, Darryl Dickson-Carr offers a definitive guide to contemporary African American literature. This volume-the only reference work devoted exclusively to African American fiction of the last thirty-five years-presents a wealth of factual and interpretive information about the major authors, texts, movements, and ideas that have shaped contemporary African American fiction. In more than 160 concise entries, arranged alphabetically, Dickson-Carr discusses the careers, works, and critical receptions of Alice Walker, Gloria Naylor, Jamaica Kincaid, Charles Johnson, John Edgar Wideman, Leon Forrest, as well as other prominent and lesser-known authors. Each entry presents ways of reading the author's works, identifies key themes and influences, assesses the writer's overarching significance, and includes sources for further research. Dickson-Carr addresses the influence of a variety of literary movements, critical theories, and publishers of African American work. Topics discussed include the Black Arts Movement, African American postmodernism, feminism, and the influence of hip-hop, the blues, and jazz on African American novelists. In tracing these developments, Dickson-Carr examines the multitude of ways authors have portrayed the diverse experiences of African Americans. The Columbia Guide to Contemporary African American Fiction situates African American fiction in the social, political, and cultural contexts of post-Civil Rights era America: the drug epidemics of the 1980s and 1990s and the concomitant "war on drugs," the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement, the struggle for gay rights, feminism, the rise of HIV/AIDS, and racism's continuing effects on African American communities. Dickson-Carr also discusses the debates and controversies regarding the role of literature in African American life. The volume concludes with an extensive annotated bibliography of African American fiction and criticism.

American Women Short Story Writers

El Clarke's recent revised and expanded version of the 1966 book A Century of the Best Black American Short Stories (New York: Hill and Wang, 1993) includes many more stories by African American women. In addition to reprinting all of ...

American Women Short Story Writers

This collection of original and classic essays examines the contributions that female authors have made to the short story. The introductory chapter discusses why genre critics have ignored works by women and why feminist scholars have ignored the short story genre. Subsequent chapters discuss early stories by such authors as Lydia Maria Child and Rose Terry Cooke. Others are devoted to the influences (race, class, sexual orientation, education) that have shaped women's short fiction through the years. Women's special stylistic, formal and thematic concerns are also discussed in this study. The final essay addresses the ways our contemporary creative-writing classes are stifling the voices of emerging young female authors. The collection includes an extensive five-part bibliography.

Handbook of the American Short Story

“New Lives and New Letters: Black Women Writers at the End of the Seventies. ... African American Review 34.3 (2000): 443–459. a, b, c Winchell, Donna Haisty. Alice Walker. ... Ethnicity and the American Short Story.

Handbook of the American Short Story

The American short story has always been characterized by exciting aesthetic innovations and an immense range of topics. This handbook offers students and researchers a comprehensive introduction to the multifaceted genre with a special focus on recent developments due to the rise of new media. Part I provides systematic overviews of significant contexts ranging from historical-political backgrounds, short story theories developed by writers, print and digital culture, to current theoretical approaches and canon formation. Part II consists of 35 paired readings of representative short stories by eminent authors, charting major steps in the evolution of the American short story from its beginnings as an art form in the early nineteenth century up to the digital age. The handbook examines historically, methodologically, and theoretically the coming together of the enduring narrative practice of compression and concision in American literature. It offers fresh and original readings relevant to studying the American short story and shows how the genre performs American culture.

Encyclopedia of the American Short Story

Gay and lesbian AfricanAmerican writers of short fiction have also carved aplace for themselves. For example, Thomas Glave, winner of the Lambda Award for his nonfiction, was the second black writer to win an O.Henry Award,previouslywon ...

Encyclopedia of the American Short Story

Two-volume set that presents an introduction to American short fiction from the 19th century to the present.

The Columbia Companion to the Twentieth Century American Short Story

As such, Tales represents a significant departure in African American writing. It is the first collection of African AmericanshortfictionsinceCanetoadopt aforthrightlyexperimentalstylethrough- out. During the period of the mid- s ...

The Columbia Companion to the Twentieth Century American Short Story

Esteemed critic Blanche Gelfant's brilliant companion gathers together lucid essays on major writers and themes by some of the best literary critics in the United States. Part 1 is comprised of articles on stories that share a particular theme, such as "Working Class Stories" or "Gay and Lesbian Stories." The heart of the book, however, lies in Part 2, which contains more than one hundred pieces on individual writers and their work, including Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Richard Ford, Raymond Carver, Eudora Welty, Andre Debus, Zora Neal Hurston, Anne Beattie, Bharati Mukherjee, J. D. Salinger, and Jamaica Kincaid, as well as engaging pieces on the promising new writers to come on the scene.

The Cambridge Introduction to the American Short Story

Among its other short stories are 'Blood Burning Moon', a powerful account of a Southern lynching and 'Box Seat', a comic and satirical account of a young African American's attempt to break out of the world of 'boxes' – literal (houses ...

The Cambridge Introduction to the American Short Story

This wide-ranging introduction to the short story tradition in the United States of America traces the genre from its beginnings in the early nineteenth century with Irving, Hawthorne and Poe via Fitzgerald, Hemingway and Faulkner to O'Connor and Carver. The major writers in the genre are covered in depth with a general view of their work and detailed discussion of a number of examples of individual stories. The Cambridge Introduction to the American Short Story offers a comprehensive and accessible guide to this rich literary tradition. It will be invaluable to students and readers looking for critical approaches to the short story and wishing to deepen their understanding of how authors have approached and developed this fascinating and challenging genre. Further reading suggestions are included to explore the subject in more depth. This is an invaluable overview for all students and readers of American fiction.

A Companion to the American Short Story

periodicals have been selected as Best American Short Stories or O. Henry Prize winners. ... insular nature of black American life in stories such as “Brownies,” in which a troupe of young African American girls misinterpret racial ...

A Companion to the American Short Story


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-African American authors UF African American short stories ( English ) Black short stories ( American ) Short stories , AmericanAfro - American authors [ Former heading ] -Afro - American authors USE Short stories , American - African ...

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Connections and Influence in the Russian and American Short Story

In turn, one can observe that Wright's works have had a profound influence on contemporary Black writers, ... Moreover, while the narrative situations and characters often found in the short fiction of these masters had little in common ...

Connections and Influence in the Russian and American Short Story

In Connections and Influence in the Russian and American Short Story, editors Robert C. Hauhart and Jeff Birkenstein have assembled a collection of eighteen original essays written by literary critics from around the globe. Collectively, these critics argue that the reciprocal influence between Russian and American writers is integral to the development of the short story in each country as well as vital to the global status the contemporary short story has attained. This collection provides original analyses of both well-known Russian and American stories as well as some that might be more unfamiliar. Each essay is purposely crafted to display an appreciation of the techniques, subject matter, themes, and approaches that both Russian and American short story writers explored across borders and time. Stories by Gogol, Dostoevsky, Turgenev, Chekhov, and Krzhizhanovsky as well as short stories by Washington Irving, Faulkner, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, Ursula Le Guin, Raymond Carver, and Joyce Carol Oates populate this essential, multivalent collection. Perhaps more important now than at any time since the end of the Cold War, these essays will remind readers how much Russian and American culture share, as well as the extent to which their respective literatures are deeply intertwined.

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Short fiction films produced especially for children are entered under Children's films . ... American Western stories -African American authors UF African American short stories ( English ) Black short stories ( American ) Short ...

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Sex Race and Family in Contemporary American Short Stories

“What Makes a Short Story Short?” Modern Fiction Studies 4 (1958). Rpt. in The Essentials of the Theory of Fiction. Eds. Michael J. Hoffman and Patrick D. ... Black Cuban, Black American: A Memoir. Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary ...

Sex  Race  and Family in Contemporary American Short Stories

This book reveals a female sexual economy in the marketplace of contemporary short fiction which locates a struggle for sexual power between mothers and daughters within a larger struggle to pursue that object of the American dream: whiteness.

Children of the Night

Now, a quarter of a century later, Gloria Naylor has compiled an encore volume, Children of the Night, bringing this extraordinary series up to date.

Children of the Night

In 1969, Little, Brown and Company published The Best Short Stories by Black Writers, edited by Langston Hughes - the classic compendium of African-American short fiction from 1897 to 1967. Now, a quarter of a century later, Gloria Naylor has compiled an encore volume, Children of the Night, bringing this extraordinary series up to date. Gathering together the most gifted black writers of our time - from 1967 to the present - Naylor has assembled a rich and varied collection of stories. The portrait that emerges of the African-American experience in the post-Civil Rights era is stirring, compelling, sometimes disturbing, and certainly provocative. Naylor has arranged the stories thematically so the reader focuses on a particular subject - slavery, for example, or the family. In the hands of different writers, these themes provide a wealth and variety of human experience. The stories are more than testimonies of the long battle for survival. From a young woman's struggles with her barren faith in Alice Walker's lyrical "The Diary of an African Nun" to an innocent man's involvement in a horrifying act of violence in Ann Petry's "The Witness", they are, as Naylor states in her introduction, "examples of affirmation: of memory, of history, of family, of being". They are stories for all of us "at the beginning: of mankind as a species; of America as a nation; of the African-American as a full citizen".

Africana

The best anthologies of stories by African Americans include LANGSTON HUGHES's The Best Short Stories by Negro Writers (1967), Woodie King's Black Short Story Anthology (1971), JOHN HENRIK CLARKE's American Negro Short Stories (1966), ...

Africana

In this newly expanded edition, more than 4,000 articles cover prominent African and African American individuals, events, trends, places, political movements, art forms, businesses, religions, ethnic groups, organizations, countries, and more.

The Best American Short Stories 2018

Jocelyn Nicole Johnson's essays and short stories have appeared in Guernica, Prime Number, Literary Mama, and elsewhere ... In 2014, years before Charlottesville became known for a deadly white supremacists' rally, a black University of ...

The Best American Short Stories 2018

Presents a selection of the best works of short fiction of the past year from a variety of acclaimed sources.

My Name is Legion

would suggest a collection of African - American short stories such as Breaking Ice , edited by Terry McMillan , Black American Short Stories , edited by John Henrik Clarke , and The Best Short Stories by Black Writ- ers , edited by ...

My Name is Legion

In "My Name is Legion" Professor Newheart interfaces narrative and psychological criticism with historical perspectives, cultural examination, and poetic reflection to create this unique book-length treatment of the Gerasene demoniac that is described in Mark 5:1-20.

Black American Literature Forum

Robert Bone , in Down Home : A History of Afro" American Short Fiction , treats three of the short stories from Cane as separate entities , but suggests in this later handling of Toomer's book that it be considered a short story cycle .

Black American Literature Forum

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