The Emergence of the Short Story in the Nineteenth Century Criticism: The Latin American Short Story - Essay

Alexandrino E. Severino (essay date winter 1971)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Severino, Alexandrino E. “Major Trends in the Development of the Brazilian Short Story.” Studies in Short Fiction 8, no. 1 (winter 1971): 199-208.

[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 nineteenth century to the early Modernist period.]

In spite of story telling's being so much a part of Brazilian culture, the short story, as an art form, was slow to develop as an acceptable literary mode of expression. The Brazilian writer, until recently, regarded the short story as being more apt for children's...

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Naomi Lindstrom (essay date 1983)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Lindstrom, Naomi. “The Spanish American Short Story from Echeverria to Quiroga.” In The Latin American Short Story: A Critical History, Margaret Sayers Peden, pp. 35-70. Boston: Twayne, 1983.

[In the following excerpt, Lindstrom surveys the major nineteenth-century Latin American short-story writers, from the Argentinean Romantic Esteban Echeverria to the Cuban Modernist José Marti.]


Spanish American writing may be said to begin with the letters of Christopher Columbus; yet the first piece that can be considered a short story is Esteban Echeverría's 1838(?) “El matadero” (The Slaughtering Grounds). Looking at the...

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