Noah Richler (Mordecai Richler’s son)- made a defining statement that
the Arts matter.
Why do these stories matter?
Status of the short story in general
Definition: brief work of prose fiction no longer than 10,000 words
o This definition shows us that length is critical
o This differs from the novel but in the dimension of magnitude
Poe in 1842 + 1946 articulated theories and definitions of short stories
o Prose tale as a narrative read from one city to another from ½ hour
to 2 hours and limited to a single effect
o short prose narrative, requiring from a half-hour to one or two hours
in its perusal
o the brevity of the tale allowed the writer to strive for that "unity of
effect or impression" which Poe commended as a supreme criterion
of aesthetic judgement.
o It is helpful that he offers a definition at all, but a major problem
exists: Why is it limited to only one effect? His definition becomes
Flash fiction: very short stories (for example, Bread by Michael Crummey)
Can these short stories fulfill the expectation of a story, or even a
Philosophy of the short story (Brander Matthews): interesting unique genre,
This solidified the definition that it was limited proving that it is a single
event, character or emotion. This is not the goal Brander Matthews was
anticipating, and instead he wanted to give credit to the short story.
Another definition: Short story is a simple easier and less important version
of the genre (terribly harsh definition).
From its 19 century beginnings, it has been the most defined, but much
of what has been said about it has been prescriptive
Recently short stories can be about more than 1 thing, calling on