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The Short Story: A Very Short Introduction

Andrew Kahn

December 2021

ISBN: 9780198754633

184 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

Drawing on examples from across the globe and throughout history, Andrew Kahn explores the key characteristics of the short story. He shows how its rise was intertwined with international print culture, and discusses the essential techniques within this thriving literary genre, as well as the ways in which it is constantly innovated, even today.

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Drawing on examples from across the globe and throughout history, Andrew Kahn explores the key characteristics of the short story. He shows how its rise was intertwined with international print culture, and discusses the essential techniques within this thriving literary genre, as well as the ways in which it is constantly innovated, even today.

  • Provides a clear analysis of the techniques and themes common to the international genre of short stories
  • Examines the rise of the short story, as facilitated by the explansion of global press
  • Draws on a diverse array of examples to illustrate common thematic threads, and form
  • Considers the ways in which the genre has been constantly innovated and expanded
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Andrew Kahn, Professor of Russian Literature, Professor of Russian Literature, University of Oxford

Andrew Kahn is a Professor of Russian Literature at the University of Oxford. His publications include books on Alexander Pushkin and Osip Mandelstam. He has edited a number of books for Oxford World's Classics series, including Lermontov, A Hero of Our Time (2013); Alexander Pushkin, The Queen of Spades and Other Stories (2009); and Leo Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories (2015). He is also a Fellow of the British Academy.

Table of Contents

    Preface
    1:The Rise of the Short Story
    2:Openings
    3:Voices
    4:Place
    5:The Plot Thickens...and Thins
    6:Ironies and Reversals
    7:Chekhov's Heirs
    8:Endings
    References, Further Reading, Secondary Literature
    Index

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