The continuing cultural encounters of the Americas, between European and indigenous cultures, and between scientific materialism and premodern supernaturalism, have originated new narrative forms. While supernatural short fiction of the Americas belongs to the broad category of the fantastic, which is generally approached synchronically, reading audiences of the past 200 years have shifted their beliefs about the supernatural several times. This book examines supernatural short fiction of the Americas in terms of its shifting cultural and epistemological contexts. Included are discussions of such forms as the sacred story, the neofantastic story, the folktale, and the local-color ghost story.some story of mine, leta#39;s say, a couple of times, something which has not occurred to me to do. ... Argentine author Horacio Quiroga opens aquot;El manual del perfecto cuentistaaquot; [aquot;The Manual of the Perfect Short Story Writeraquot;] by ... an amateur aspiring to write aquot;bizarreriesaquot; and aquot;intensitiesaquot;: The first thing requisite is to get yourself into such a scrape as no one ever got into before. ... Poe and Quiroga, who were writing as an occupation, had little patience for those who wrote as an avocation.
|Title||:||The Supernatural in Short Fiction of the Americas|
|Author||:||Dana Del George|
|Publisher||:||Praeger Pub Text - 2001|