THE SHORT STORY COMPOSITE AND THE ROOTS OF MODERNIST NARRATIVE

While the story cycle form has been popular for centuries, as seen in works like The Decameron and One Thousand and One Arabian Nights, it is especially important to modern Anglo-American literature. Twentieth century short story composites by James Joyce, Sherwood Anderson, and Ernest Hemingway represent high points not simply for the genre, but also […]

Born in the Workshop: The MFA and the Short-Story Cycle

A short article from Jennifer J Smith who is also the author of The American Short Story Cycle (2018). A review of this book can be found here. First paragraph (of the article): This spring my alma mater, Indiana University, is offering a literature class geared toward MFAs called “The Interconnected Story Collection.” The genre—also […]