Latin American Literature The Short Story - Essay

The Short Story

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

Kenneth Fleak

SOURCE: "Latin American Short Fiction," in Studies in Short Fiction, Vol. 20, No. 4, Fall, 1983, pp. 297-306.

[In the following essay, Fleak provides an overview of the Latin American short story and its relationship to the novel.]

The critical history of the short story is both brief and incomplete. In an article entitled "The Modern Short Story: Retrospect," H. E. Bates refers to different studies on the recent development of short fiction: "The paradoxical answer is that the history of the short story, as we know it, is not vast but brief. 'The short story proper,' says Mr. A. J. J. Ratcliff, 'that is, a deliberately fashioned...

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