The Emergence of the Short Story in the Nineteenth Century Criticism: Stories By Women In English - Essay

Clare Hanson (essay date 1996)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Hanson, Clare. “The Lifted Veil: Women and Short Fiction in the 1880s and 1890s.” Yearbook of English Studies 26 (1996): 135-42.

[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 and 1890s were written in a period of emphasis on the moment and on the ephemeral, a spell of relaxation from the developmental narrative forms of the nineteenth century. It has often been argued that the popularity of the short form at this time was connected with the fact that this was a period of rapid social change, but Elaine...

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Susan Koppelman (essay date summer 1999)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Koppelman, Susan. “A Preliminary Sketch of the Early History of U.S. Women's Short Stories.” Journal of American Culture 22, no. 2 (summer 1999): 1-6.

[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 thus far turned up 839 U.S. women who published at least one volume of short stories between 1827, when Sally Wood published Tales of the Night in Portland, Maine, and mid-1993. My list of women who published at least one story between 1822 and 1993 is more than twice as long—more than...

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