Short Story Cycles


Lists of academic books about short story cycles.

The list includes chapters in other monographs that pertain to short story cycles.


Birkenstein, Jeff. “‘Should I Stay or Should I go?’ American Restlessness and the Short-Story Cycle.” A Companion to the American Short Story, eds. Alfred Bendixen and James Nagel. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. 482-501.

Davis, Rocío (2001): Transcultural Reinventions: Asian American and Asian Canadian Short-story Cycles. Toronto, Ont: Tsar Publications.

Donahue, Peter. “The Genre Which is Not One: Hemingway’s In Our Time, Difference, and the Short Story Cycle.” In The Postmodern Short Story: Forms and Issues, edited by Farhat Iftekharrudin, Joseph Boyden, Mary Rohrberger, and Jaie Claudet, 161-72. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2003.

Dunn, Maggie and Ann Morris (1995), The Composite Novel, the Short Story Cycle in Transition, New York: Twayne; Toronto: Maxwell Macmillan Canada.

Gill, P., & Kläger, F. (Eds.). (2018). Constructing Coherence in the British Short Story Cycle (1st ed.). Routledge.

Harde, Roxanne (2007). Narratives of Community: Womens Short Story Sequences. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Ingram, Forrest L. Representative Short Story Cycles of the Twentieth Century: Studies in a Literary Genre. The Hague and Paris: Mouton, 1971.

Kennedy, J. Gerald (1995), Modern American Short Story Sequences: Composite Fictions and Fictive Communities, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Lundén, Rolf (1999), The United Stories of America: Studies in the Short Story Composite, Amsterdam: Rodopi.

Luscher, R. M. (1989). The short story sequence: An open book. Short story theory at a crossroads, 148-67.

Lynch, Gerald. The One and the Many: English-Canadian Short Story Cycles. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2001.

Mann, Susan Garland. The Short Story Cycle: A Genre Companion and Reference Guide. New York: Greenwood Press, 1989.

March-Russell, Paul (2017) Story CyclesIn: Burn, Stephen J., ed. American Literature in Transition: 1990-2000. American Literature in Transition . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 154-168.

Nagel, James. The American Short Story Handbook. Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell, 2015. Print.

—. Anthology of the American Short Story. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2008.

—. The Contemporary American Short-Story Cycle: The Ethnic Resonance of Genre. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State UP, 2001.

O’Connor, Frank. The Lonely Voice: A Study of the Short Story. Brooklyn, NY: Melville House, 2004.

Pacht, Michelle (2009), The Subversive Storyteller: The Short Story Cycle and the Politics of Identity in America, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars.

Pâtea, Viorica (2012): “Introduction.” Short Story Theories: A Twenty-First-Century Perspective. Amsterdam: Rodopi.

Shaw, Valerie (1983): The Short Story: A Critical Introduction. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP.

Smith, Jennifer J (2018): The American Short Story Cycle, Edinburgh, UK

Watt, Ian (1959): The Rise of the Novel: Studies in Defoe, Richardson, Fielding. Berkeley: U of California P.

Whalan, M. (2007). Race, manhood, and modernism in America: the short story cycles of Sherwood Anderson and Jean Toomer. Univ. of Tennessee Press.

Vechinski, Matthew James (2019): Twentieth-Century American Fiction in Circulation: Short Stories Written for Magazines and Republished in Linked Story Collections. New York: Routledge.