Scribbling Women and the Short Story Form

Approaches by American and British Women Writers

by Ellen Burton Harrington (Volume editor)
©2008 Monographs 200 Pages


«America is now wholly given over to a d – d mob of scribbling women, and I should have no chance of success while the public taste is occupied with their trash…» Taking Hawthorne’s famous 1855 complaint about women writers as a starting point for consideration, Scribbling Women and the Short Story Form is a collection of fourteen critical essays about the short fiction of British and American women writers. This anthology takes a feminist approach, examining the liberating possibilities for women writers of the form of the short story, a genre often associated with alienation or subversion (the writer Frank O’Connor describes the form as marginal or «outlaw»). Covering the work of selected women writers from the 1850s through the late twentieth century, this collection includes essays on well-known authors such as Rebecca Harding Davis, Louisa May Alcott, Kate Chopin, Katherine Anne Porter, Flannery O’Connor, Cynthia Ozick, and Ursula K. Le Guin, alongside essays on Harriett Prescott Spofford, Ruth Stewart, L. T. Meade, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Zitkala-Ša, Sui Sin Far, and Lydia Davis, less-known authors whose stories offer rich ground for consideration.


ISBN (Softcover)
Frauenerzählung Geschichte 1850-2000 Woman writer Literary criticism Gender study British literature Englisch Aufsatzsammlung Short fiction Kurzgeschichte
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2008. XIV, 200 pp.

Biographical notes

Ellen Burton Harrington (Volume editor)

The Editor: Ellen Burton Harrington received her Ph.D. in English literature at Tulane University. She is Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of South Alabama. In addition to her interest in women writers of short fiction, her research examines gender in the sensation and detective fiction of Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, and Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as the influence of these genres and criminal anthropology on the work of Joseph Conrad. Recent and forthcoming publications include articles in the International Journal of Cultural Studies, Clues, The Conradian, Storytelling, The Journal of the Short Story in English, and Conradiana. Harrington is currently developing a project on Conrad’s heroines.


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