The Riverside Anthology of Short Fiction: Convention and Innovation
Dean R. Baldwin
Representing a complete course in short fiction, this anthology of 99 chronologically arranged short stories offers a unique balance of selections from different periods, forms, cultures, and voices, often reflecting the interplay between convention and innovation. Tracing the development of the short story from its roots in myth, fable, and fairy tale, the anthology includes a variety of popular genres as well, providing a solid foundation for examining the evolution of the short story. Enlightening sidebars present seven short essays on sub-genres and criticism and useful pedagogy includes headnotes and questions accompanying each selection.