James Nagel offers the first systematic history and definition of the short story cycle genre as exemplified in contemporary American fiction, bringing attention to the format’s wide appeal among various ethnic groups. He examines in detail eight recent manifestations of the story cycle, all praised by critics while uniformly misidentified as novels: Love Medicine, by Louise Erdrich; Annie John, by Jamaica Kincaid; Monkeys, by Susan Minot; The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros; The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien; How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, by Julia Alvarez; The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan; and A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, by Robert Olen Butler. Nagel proposes that the short-story cycle, with its concentric as opposed to linear plot development possibilities, lends itself particularly well to exploring themes of ethnic assimilation, which mirror some of the major issues facing American society today.
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James Nagel is the J. O. Eidson Distinguished Professor of American Literature at the University of Georgia, founder of the journal Studies in American Fiction, and cofounder of the American Literature Association. Among his previous books are Stephen Crane and Literary Impressionsim; Ernest Hemingway: The Oak Park Legacy; and, with Henry S. Villard, Hemingway in Love and War: The Lost Diary of Agnes von Kurowsky.Review:
"Whether one reads the book in its entirety or goes to a particular chapter to gain an understanding of a specific writer, the reader is rewarded with a plenitude of original and astute local insights. Nagel's study is to be recommended for students and instructors alike."
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Descrizione libro Louisiana State University Press, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria SONG0807126608
Descrizione libro Louisiana State UP, 2001. Condizione libro: Brand New. Codice libro della libreria 84773
Descrizione libro Louisiana State University Pre, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110807126608