A work in progress …
Who is behind this site?
I’m Christopher Marcus and I am an independent artist and researcher. I originally graduated with a Master’s Thesis in Strategic Communications from Roskilde University in Denmark, but I since pursued writing short story cycles and thus got interested in the form. Read more about my other short story cycle projects here.
What types of materials does this site index?
Articles from peer-reviewed academic journals or by authors with academic credentials as well as theses and dissertations – all of which have to be freely available on the web. Monographs about short story cycles are also indexed, but only by title.
What definitions of short story cycle do you operate with?
I index articles with all – to my knowledge – available definitions, even if they differ somewhat in substance, like “composite novel” and “story cycle”. See Short Story Cycle Terms.
What materials are not available in the indexes on this site?
Theses or Dissertations that are embargoed are not indexed.
Abstracts of articles and other academic texts are also not indexed, if the full text is not freely available. (Note that some databases offer access to a limited number of articles, so some material may technically be freely available, but with certain limitations. In any case, such materials are not listed on this site.)
Finally, there are likely many articles etc. not available in English that I will not index in the foreseeable future, simply due to the language barrier. I speak Spanish and German fairly well, but that’s about it. I am still considering if there is a way around this if, say, I’d like to do a section with texts available in Chinese only, but it’s difficult for me to say how that will be possible unless this site becomes a collaborative project. If you have ideas or want to help, do contact me.
Why is there not a tag or link to a particular short story cycle author or work on xxx entry?
This is a con amore website that I make up as I go a long. I try to be consistent but I don’t have the time or wherewithal to index everything stringently.
More questions and answers coming up …