Time and the Short Story

by Maria Teresa Chialant (Volume editor) Marina Lops (Volume editor)
©2012 Edited Collection VI, 242 Pages


The short story as an autonomous genre has called the attention of both writers and literary critics with theoretical concerns over the last two centuries. It is a form of writing that has met the favour of readers and publishers alike: because of its very brevity, it can be consumed in a short time, and so come up to a reader’s need of either escapist or serious literature; it can be practiced, like the novel, according to different narrative modalities: from popular genres, which satisfy the demands of the literary market, to experimental writing. Finally, as a self-contained form, it works well at a didactic level; in British and American universities, for instance, short stories are generally studied in Creative Writing courses. The essays included in the present volume deal with short stories belonging to various literatures in English (and not only), and focus on time, which is looked at from different angles: as the theme, or motif, of a text; as a narrative structure which can be approached in narratological terms, with neat distinctions between the time of story and the time of discourse, between writing time and reading time; as history, merging into memory and myth.


VI, 242
ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2012 (May)
19th Century English Literature 20th Century English Literature Literary Criticism 20th Century and Contemporary American Literature Modes and Genres
Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2012. VI, 242 pp.

Biographical notes

Maria Teresa Chialant (Volume editor) Marina Lops (Volume editor)

Maria Teresa Chialant is Professor of English Literature at the University of Salerno (Italy). Her main fields of research are the Victorian novel and Gender Studies. She has written extensively on Dickens, Gissing and H. G. Wells, and also published on twentieth-century authors, such as Conrad, Rebecca West and Eva Figes. Marina Lops is Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Salerno (Italy). Her research interests include Modernism and Gender Studies. She is the editor of volumes on Dora Marsden and Arthur Symons, and has published on Mansfield, Woolf and Conrad.


Title: Time and the Short Story