Extreme Fiction: Fabulists and Formalists, 1st edition

  • Robin Hemley
  • Michael Martone

Extreme Fiction: Fabulists and Formalists

ISBN-13:  9780321179722

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This anthology surveys the most thought-provoking and noteworthy “non-traditional#148 short stories written by American and international writers over the past 100 years. The works collected here represent a rich, while often overlooked, tradition of stories that seem to break the rules of short fiction. These stories, by well-known writers as well as by refreshingly new voices, demonstrate a wide-range of stylistic and narrative diversity. They expand our perceptions of what constitutes a well-written short story and underscore the unlimited techniques writers use to achieve a desired effect.

Table of contents

Preface  v

Introduction  1


     At the End of the Mechanical Age, Donald Barthelme  15

Water Liars, Barry Hannah  22

A Conversation with My Father, Grace Paley  26

In Dreams Begin Responsibilities, Delmore Schwartz  31

Opium, Rikki Ducornet  39

The Sin of Jesus, Isaac Babel  44

The Aleph, Jorge Luis Borges  49

Pastoralia, George Saunders  61

The Art of Forgiveness: A Fable, Janice Eidus  102

Liompa, Yuri Olesha  107

Cat's Eye, Luisa Valenzuela  111

John Duffy's Brother, Flann O'Brian  115

The Fall River Axe Murders, Angela Carter  120

Bloodchild, Octavia E. Butler  138

Order of Insects, William H. Gass  156


Milk Is Very Good for You, Stephen Dixon  165

Rondo, Susan Neville  176

Cornsilk, Randall Kenan  181

Is It Sexual Harassment Yet?, Cris Mazza  198

Plan for the Assassination of Jacqueline Kennedy, J.G. Ballard  215

Story, Lydia Davis  218

Innocent Objects, Diane Schoemperlin  221

The Elevator, Robert Coover  239

The Fifth Story, Clarice Lispector  249

The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality: A Diagnostic Test in Two Parts, A. B. Paulsen  251

The Writers' Model, Molly Giles  258

Second Story, R.M. Berry  261

Can This Story Be Saved?, Michael Wilkerson  271

Wild Desire, Karen Brennan  281

Scissors Kick, Sandy Huss  298

Five on Fiction, Janet Kauffman  304

Click, John Barth  317

Credits  339

Index of Authors and Titles  343

Published by Pearson (November 4th 2003) - Copyright © 2004