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Look back in wonder: how the endings of short stories can be their most powerful and effective distinguishing features

Hurley, U 2011, 'Look back in wonder: how the endings of short stories can be their most powerful and effective distinguishing features' , Short Fiction in Theory and Practice, 1 (1) , pp. 25-35.

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Abstract

Drawing on her experiences as a writer and teacher of short fiction, the author offers an interrogation of the defining qualities of short stories, with a particular focus on how the ending of a narrative can be one of the most useful ways of teasing out generic differences between short fic-tion and other prose forms. A survey of critical and writerly opinion leads into a practical demon-stration of how endings work, with detailed reference to James Joyce’s Dubliners. The essay concludes by suggesting ways in which Dubliners prefigures the composite novels and story cy-cles that are prominent features of contemporary practice.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature
Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for English Literature and Language
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Short Fiction in Theory and Practice
Publisher: intellect journals
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 2043-0701
Depositing User: Dr Ursula Hurley
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2011 16:05
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2014 13:44
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/18411

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