The Classic Short Story, 1870-1925: Theory of a Genre by Florence Goyet has been published by the Open Book Publishers last month. Goyet is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Grenoble-Alpes and her research focuses on polyphony and the political role of literature.
From the publisher’s website:
This expanded and updated translation of Florence Goyet’s influential La Nouvelle, 1870-1925: Description d’un genre à son apogée (Paris, 1993) is the only study to focus exclusively on this classic period across different continents. Ranging through French, English, Italian, Russian and Japanese writing – particularly the stories of Guy de Maupassant, Henry James, Giovanni Verga, Anton Chekhov and Akutagawa Ryunosuke – Goyet shows that these authors were able to create brilliant and successful short stories using the very simple ‘tools of brevity’ of that period.
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