Critical Insights: Flash Fiction

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  • 1 Volume; 300 Pages
  • 10-14 essays offering Current Critical Analysis by Top Literary Scholars
  • Introductory Essay by the Editor
  • Additional Works on Theme
  • Detailed Bio of the Editor
  • General Bibliography
  • General Subject Index
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Editor: Michael Cocchiarale and Scott Emmert
April 2017 · 1 volume · 300 pages · 6"x9"

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ISBN: 978-1-68217-270-4
# of Pages: 300
# of Volumes: 1
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Outstanding, in-depth scholarship by renowned literary critics; great starting point for students seeking an introduction to the theme and the critical discussions surrounding it.

 

 

Although very short stories have a long history and have appeared under a number of labels, flash fiction is now the preferred term, one that describes an established genre that continues to grow in popularity. To date, however, relatively little scholarship has been published on it. This present volume seeks to address that deficiency while introducing students and teachers to the genre and to a number of its finest authors. 

This first-of-its-kind volume on flash fiction-prose of no more than 1,000 words-tracks the development and critical context of this international literary genre. Essays look at both prominent forebearers and current practitioners including Kate Chopin, Franz Kafka, Julio Cortazar, Amy Hempel, and Lydia Davis.

Each essay is 2,500 to 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of "Works Cited," along with endnotes. Finally, the volume's appendixes offer a section of useful reference resources:

About This Volume
Critical Context: Original Introductory Essays
Critical Readings: Original In-Depth Essays
Further Readings
Detailed Bibliography
Detailed Bio of the Editor
General Subject Index