The Contemporary American Short Story

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-10-16
  • Publisher: Pearson

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This comprehensive anthology of contemporary American short fiction focuses on the story and its context from 1960 to the present. A special Introduction discusses the elements of tone, point of view, character, etc. and ideas such as realism and postmodernism.The over 50 stories featured in Nguyen and Shreve's anthology range in style from the traditional narrative to experimental forms. Classic stories are juxtaposed with newer, emerging voices. The stories featured are thematically diverse as well, addressing issues of family and culture, love and loss, ethnicity and gender. 1

Table of Contents

Preface to Instructors
Short Stories
Because My Father Always Said He Was the Only Indian Who Saw
Play 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at Woodstock
River of Names
Happy Endings
The Lesson
The Littoral Zone
Lost in the Funhouse
The School
The Man Who Knew Belle Star
The Birthday Party
The Swimmer
The Monkey Garden
The Hull Case
Fiesta, 1980
The Fat Girl
Pet Milk
In This Way We Are Wise
The Red Convertible
Proper Library
The Elizabeth Complex
How to Talk to a Hunter
In the American Society
The Woman from New York
Menagerie: A Child's Fable
The Third and Final Continent
Brothers and Sisters Around the World
The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas
The Jewbird
Of Cabbages and Kings
What They Did
Which Is More Than I Can Say About Some People
The Management of Grief
The Turkey Season
Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?
The Things They Carried
Everything That Rises Must Converge
My Flamboyant Grandson
Surrounded by Sleep
Yellow Woman
The Way We Live Now
Here Come the Maples
The Moths
Harrison Bergeron
Everyday Use
Newborn Thrown in Trash and Dies
The Rich Brother
Author Commentaries
The Joy of Reading and Writing: Superman and Me
A Few Words About Minimalism
Dear Writer
On Writing
From Burning Down the House
Those Words That Echo...Echo...Echo...Through Life
A 400-Year-Old Woman
What Is Real?
Why Is Your Writing So Violent?
The Nature and Aim of Fiction
Table of Contents
Stories Grouped by Elements, Subjects, and Themes
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