New Book

ShortStoryedACAndrew features in the new academic book The Short Story edited by Ailsa Cox. His essay on Ray Bradbury is included along with an introduction by AL Kennedy that he aided to edit.

Long regarded as an undervalued and marginalised genre, the short story is undergoing a renaissance. “The Short Story” celebrates its unique appeal. Practitioners and scholars address the issues facing short story criticism in the 21st century. Author A.L. Kennedy shares the pleasures and frustrations of writing the short story in the literary marketplace. This is followed by an assessment of recent attempts to promote short story readership in the UK. Other contributors look at forms such as the short-short and the short story sequence.The range of authors discussed includes Martin Amis, Anita Desai, Salman Rushdie and James Joyce. The short story is the most international of genres; this is reflected in chapters on Jorge Luis Borges and Italo Calvino and on Japanese short fiction. Postcolonial and translation theory are combined with the close reading of specific texts. Neglected authors, such as the Welsh writer Dorothy Edwards and the colonial figure Frank Swettenham, are re-evaluated and we also consider genre writing, with chapters on crime fiction and Ray Bradbury’s “Martian Chronicles”. Integrating theory and practice, “The Short Story” will appeal both to writers and to students of literary criticism.

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  1. M.E. Staton says:

    That is something I would definitely read (and if there are any spare copies for reviews I would love to do one for BookGeeks). Most interested in the stuff on Ray Bradbury, especially since he has written his book on the subject and of course is a prolific short story writer.

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