Bobbie Ann Mason | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 32 pages of analysis & critique of Bobbie Ann Mason.
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SOURCE: Levy, Andrew. “Back Home Again: Bobbie Ann Mason's ‘Shiloh.’” In The Culture and Commerce of the American Short Story, pp. 108–25. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993.

In the following essay, Levy discusses the short story “Shiloh” and how it fits into the overall history of the short story genre.

In 1980, Bobbie Ann Mason's first major short story, “Shiloh,” appeared in the New Yorker.1 The story was an immediate critical success. It was reprinted in Best American Short Stories in 1981, and became arguably the most heavily anthologized short story of the last decade; the collection that followed, Shiloh, and Other Stories (1982), was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the American Book Award, and the PEN/Faulkner Award, and won the Ernest Hemingway Award for First Fiction.2 Mason's distinctive style traits—popular culture references, present tense, blue-collar and rural subject matter—have, with or without her direct influence, become...

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