Short story Summary

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Essays & Analysis (16)

2,401 words, approx. 9 pages
In the following excerpt, originally published in 1885, Matthews makes distinctions between the formal qualities of the short story and those of the novel, highlighting the ingenuity, compression, and... Read more
3,788 words, approx. 13 pages
In the following essay, Hanson argues that female short-story writers of the late nineteenth century reoriented the conventional narrative construction of the feminine. The short stories of the 1880s ... Read more
4,560 words, approx. 16 pages
In the following essay, Koppelman documents the generally neglected tradition of short fiction written by American women in the nineteenth century. My uncompleted research over the last 26 years has t... Read more
5,174 words, approx. 18 pages
In the following essay, Taylor recounts the nineteenth-century shift in the French conte from the aesthetic compositions of Mérimée, Gautier, and Flaubert to the lucid simplicity of Maup... Read more
4,758 words, approx. 16 pages
In the following essay, Engstrom defines the French short story (conte), and chronicles early works in this genre by Mérimée, Balzac, and Gautier. I The first half of the 19th century sa... Read more
3,481 words, approx. 12 pages
In the following excerpt, George focuses on the formal transformation of the French conte into the modern short story in the first half of the nineteenth century. During some fifty years of anguished ... Read more
3,778 words, approx. 13 pages
In the following excerpt, Sachs considers the crystallization of the modern short story in French literature around 1830. As a literary art form, the short story emerged even later among the Western l... Read more
2,049 words, approx. 7 pages
In the following excerpt, Severino considers the short fictional writings of Machado de Assis and Afonso Arinos de Melo Franco, highlighting developments in the Brazilian short story from the late nin... Read more
6,294 words, approx. 21 pages
In the following excerpt, Pattee explores the work of several notable American short-story writers of the late nineteenth century, including Brander Matthews, W. D. Howells, Frank R. Stockton, Henry C... Read more
4,732 words, approx. 16 pages
In the following excerpt from the introduction to his collection of American short fiction, Fagin encapsulates the nineteenth-century development of the short story in the United States, detailing a v... Read more
7,044 words, approx. 24 pages
In the following essay, Marler asserts that the development of American short fiction in the 1850s is evidenced by the decline of the “tale” and the ascent of the “short story,&#x... Read more
10,057 words, approx. 34 pages
In the following excerpt, Harris catalogues the prominent short story writers of the period 1830 to 1880, summarizing their representative works, and concludes with an overview of English and Irish Ae... Read more
4,757 words, approx. 16 pages
In the following essay, Baldwin probes the economic and social factors that contributed to the slow development of the short story in nineteenth-century Britain. One of the more curious anomalies of l... Read more
4,724 words, approx. 16 pages
In the following essay, Baldick examines several short British Gothic tales of the nineteenth century, focusing on the theme of family degeneration in these works. My purpose in this article is to exa... Read more
865 words, approx. 3 pages
A Enjoyment of reading does not simply come from being challenged by the themes or arguments in a text. There are other elements in texts which may perhaps make reading enjoyable. For instance; plot... Read more
315 words, approx. 2 pages
The Elements of a Short Story There are five elements of a short story. Fictional and non fictional stories have the same basic elements. These basic elements are plot, characters, point of view, ... Read more