Short-Short Fiction Further Reading

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Further Reading

(Short Story Criticism)


Brown, Sidney DeVere. “Yasunari Kawabata (1899-1972): Tradition Versus Modernity.” World Literature Today 62, no. 3 (summer 1988): 375-79.

Contends that the paradox of Kawabata's oeuvre is that although he was recognized as a modern author, he actually “focused on traditional culture and gave little attention to things modern and Western, even though he wrote in a Japan undergoing modernization and all his novels had a contemporary setting.”

Chaves, Jose. “A Brief Introduction to the Latin American Short-Short Story.” Northwest Review 39, no. 2 (2001): 17-28.

Investigates the short-short story in twentieth-century Latin American literature.

Davis, Lydia, with Larry McCaffery. “Deliberately, Terribly Neutral: An Interview with Lydia Davis.” In Some Other Frequency: Interviews with Innovative American Authors, pp. 59-79. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996.

Davis discusses her creative process and influences on her work.

Evenson, Brian. “The Short-Short Story.” Cimarron Review 119 (April 1997).

Explores anthologies of the short-short story.

Gerlach, John. “The Margins of Narrative: The Very Short Story, the Prose Poem, and the Lyric.” In Short Story Theory at a Crossroads, edited by Susan Lohafer and Jo Ellyn Clarey, pp. 74-84. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1989.

Discusses the short-short story together with other genres.

Howe, Irving. Introduction to Short Shorts: An Anthology of the Shortest Stories, edited by Irving Howe and Ilana Wiener Howe, pp. ix-xvii. Boston: David R. Godine, Publisher, Inc., 1982.

Describes the defining characteristics of the short-short story.

Lohof, Bruce A. “Short Short Story: The Morphology of the Modern Fable.” In American Commonplace: Essays on the Popular Culture of the United States, edited by Bruce A. Lohof, pp. 81-93. Bowling Green: Popular, 1982.

Approaches the short-short story genre from a binary, structuralist viewpoint.

Pléh, Csaba. “Naming Strategies in the ‘One Minute Short Stories’ of István Örkény.” Poetics:...

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