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By Alfred Bendixen, James Nagel

A spouse to the yankee brief tale strains the advance of this flexible literary style over the last two hundred years.Sets the fast tale in context, taking note of the interplay of cultural forces and aesthetic principlesContributes to the continuing redefinition of the yankee canon, with shut recognition to the achievements of girls writers in addition to such vital genres because the ghost tale and detective fictionEmbraces different traditions together with African-American, Jewish-American, Latino, Native-American, and nearby brief tale writingIncludes a bit inquisitive about particular authors and texts, from Edgar Allen Poe to John Updike

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Emergence and Development 17 Realism also values specificity and verisimilitude, particularly in its commitment to capturing the special qualities of particular places. Realists believe that who we are is shaped partly by where we come from, and that geography is thus intimately connected to the development of character. In some sense, this emphasis on regionalism is realism’s response to the acute sense of fragmentation and dislocation that followed the Civil War. By the end of the nineteenth century, the United States of America occupied a huge part of an entire continent, and its citizens had a natural curiosity about those who lived in other places, other regions.

Of his many 16 Alfred Bendixen stories, the only one now anthologized is “Editha” (1907), which is both an anti-war story and an attack on the romantic imagination that glorifies warfare. Twain’s bestknown short works are really comic sketches that were heavily influenced by the Southwestern humorists, particularly the work that first gave him a national reputation, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” (1865). Although his imagination was at its very best when it had the space provided by the novel or the novella (which he called the “beautiful and blest nouvelle”), Henry James made several significant contributions to the American short story.

To readers in Poe’s day a literary character named Roderick would immediately have recalled Roderick, Poe and the Short Story 29 the last great Spanish Visigoth king, a tragic figure whose overthrow, which may have involved his seduction of the daughter of Count Julian, who consequently became his enemy, furnished subject matter for the British Romantic poets, Robert Southey and Sir Walter Scott. Poe’s Roderick is also presumably the leader of his domain, though the unsound domain-house of the Ushers verges on collapse.

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