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ENGL 111: Introduction to the Short Story



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Twentieth-Century Short Story Explication: Interpretations, 1900-1975, of Short Fiction Since 1800, Warren S. Walker, compiler, Shoe String Press, 1977.
Main Level, Reference:  R 016.808831 W154T 1977  
Twentieth Century Short Story Explication: New Series, with Checklists of Books and Journals Used, Warren S. Walker, Shoe String Press, 1993-1995.
Main Level, Reference: R 016.808831 W154T 2d ser


The Columbia Companion to the Twentieth-Century American Short Story,  Blanche H. Gelfant, ed., Columbia University Press, 2000.
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Main Level, Reference:  R 813.0109 C723C  
Critical Survey of Short Fiction, 2nd rev. ed. Charles E. May, editor. Salem Press, 2001.  
7 volume set. Vol. 7 provides a complete listing of authors by volume, as well as a subject index.  The majority of this volume is comprised of aover 30 lengthy essays, which are are grouped under the following headings: Theory of Short Fiction; History of Short Fiction; Short Fiction Around the World; and Research Tools (awards, chronology, glossary of terms)
Main Level, Reference: R 809.3 M272C2
Reader's Companion to the Short Story in English, Fallon, Feddersen, & Kurtzleben, eds.,  Greenwood Press, 2001.
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Main Level, Reference: R 813.0109 R227R  

Reference Guide to Short Fiction, Noelle Watson, ed., St. James Press, 1994.
Main Level, Reference: R 809.31 R259R  
Short Story Index : An Index to Stories in Collections and Periodicals.
Main Level, Reference: R 016.80883 C771S2  
Thematic Guide to Popular Short Stories, Patrick A. Smith, Greenwood Press, 2002.
The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook, Christopher MacGowan, Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
Main Level, Reference: R 813.509 M177T


Modern Arab-American Fiction: A Reader's Guide, Steven Salaita, Syracuse University Press, 2011.

Asian American Short Story Writers: An A-to-Z Guide, Guiyou Huang, ed., Greenwood Press, 2003.

The Russian Twentieth-Century Short Story: A Critical Companion, Lyudmila Parts, ed., Academic Studies Press, 2010.

Short Story Writers, Charles E. May, ed., Salem Press, 2008.
Southern Writers: A New Biographical Dictionary, Flora & Vogel, eds., Louisiana State University Press, 2006.


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