«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.
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2008. XII, 198 pp.
Contents: Ellen Burton Harrington: Introduction: Scribbling Women and the Outlaw Form of the Short Story – Robert Coleman:
A Miniaturization of Epic Proportions: Harriet Prescott Spofford’s «Circumstance» – Ruth Stoner: Sexing the Narrator: Gender
in Rebecca Harding Davis’s «Life in the Iron-Mills» – Miriam López-Rodríguez: The Short Story as Feminist Forum: Louisa May
Alcott’s «Pauline’s Passion and Punishment» – Susan Prothro Wright: The Art of (Dis)Placement: Ruth Stuart and the Characterization
of African Americans at the Turn of the Century – Winnie Chan:The Linked Excitements of L. T. Meade and… in the Strand
Magazine – Scott D. Emmert: Naturalism and the Short Story Form in Kate Chopin’s «The Story of an Hour» – Margot Sempreora:
Strategies of Self-Representation in «Natalie» by Alice Dunbar-Nelson – Vanessa Holford Diana: Zitkala-Ša and Sui Sin Far’s
Sketch Collections: Communal Characterization as Resistance Writing Tool – Susana M. Jiménez-Placer: Laura’s Unconscious Rejection
of the Short Story in Katherine Anne Porter’s «Flowering Judas» – Rachel Lister: «Beyond Human Reach»: Silence and Continguity
in Katherine Anne Porter’s «Holiday» and «He» – Sue Brannan Walker: Flannery O’Connor’s «The Temple of the Holy Ghost» and
«Parker’s Back» as Dermatology/Theology – Beth Ellen Roberts: Cynthia Ozick’s «The Pagan Rabbi» and the Seduction of the Storyteller
– Karen Alexander: Breaking It Down: Analysis in the Stories of Lydia Davis – Gayle Elliott: Silko, Le Sueur, and Le Guin:
Storytelling as a «Movement Towards Wholeness».