The Classic Short Story, 1870-1925: Theory of a Genre Florence Goyet

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Published: January 13th 2014

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The Classic Short Story, 1870-1925: Theory of a Genre  by  Florence Goyet

The Classic Short Story, 1870-1925: Theory of a Genre by Florence Goyet
January 13th 2014 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 220 pages | ISBN: | 8.14 Mb

The ability to construct a nuanced narrative or complex character in the constrained form of the short story has sometimes been seen as the ultimate test of an authors creativity. Yet during the time when the short story was at its most popular -MoreThe ability to construct a nuanced narrative or complex character in the constrained form of the short story has sometimes been seen as the ultimate test of an authors creativity.

Yet during the time when the short story was at its most popular - the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries - even the greatest writers followed strict generic conventions that were far from subtle.This expanded and updated translation of Florence Goyets influential La Nouvelle, 1870-1925: Description dun genre à son apogée (Paris, 1993) is the only study to focus exclusively on this classic period across different continents. Ranging through French, English, Italian, Russian and Japanese writing - particularly the stories of Guy de Maupassant, Henry James, Giovanni Verga, Anton Chekhov and Akutagawa Ryūnosuke - Goyet shows that these authors were able to create brilliant and successful short stories using the very simple tools of brevity of that period.In this challenging and far-reaching study, Goyet looks at classic short stories in the context in which they were read at the time: cheap newspapers and higher-end periodicals.

She demonstrates that, despite the apparent intention of these stories to question bourgeois ideals, they mostly affirmed the prejudices of their readers. In doing so, her book forces us to re-think our preconceptions about this forgotten genre.



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