• Telling Stories

Telling Stories

Telling Stories

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  • Author
    Jacqueline Bardolph
  • Publisher
    Rodopi
  • Publication date
    28 January 2022

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Book Detail

  • Book Title

    Telling Stories

  • Author

    Jacqueline Bardolph

  • Date Published

    28 January 2022

  • Publisher

    Rodopi

  • Pages

    477 pages

  • ISBN

    9042015241

Book Description

The present volume is a highly comprehensive assessment of the postcolonial short story since the thirty-six contributions cover most geographical areas concerned. Another important feature is that it deals not only with exclusive practitioners of the genre (Mansfield, Munro), but also with well-known novelists (Achebe, Armah, Atwood, Carey, Rushdie), so that stimulating comparisons are suggested between shorter and longer works by the same authors. In addition, the volume is of interest for the study of aspects of orality (dialect, dance rhythms, circularity and trickster figure for instance) and of the more or less conflictual relationships between the individual (character or implied author) and the community.Furthermore, the marginalized status of women emerges as another major theme, both as regards the past for white women settlers, or the present for urbanized characters, primarily in Africa and India. The reader will also have the rare pleasure of discovering Janice Kulik Keefer's “Fox,” her version of what she calls in her commentary “displaced autobiography'” or “creative non-fiction.” Lastly, an extensive bibliography on the postcolonial short story opens up further possibilities for research.

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