Arranging stories : framing social commentary in short story collections by Southern women writers
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Between the 1880s and the 1940s, opportunities for southern white women writers increased dramatically, bolstered by readers' demands for southern stories in northern periodicals. Confined by magazine requirements and social expectations, writers often relied on regional settings and tropes to attract publishers and readers before publishing work in a collection. Selecting and ordering magazine stories for these collections was not arbitrary or dictated by editors, despite a male-dominated publishing industry. Instead, it allowed writers to privilege stories, or to contextualize a story by its proximity to other tales, as a form of social commentary.
University Press of Mississippi
Short story, American literature, Women authors, Criticism, interpretation, Literary criticism, Southern States
American Literature | English Language and Literature | Women's Studies
Fox, Heather A., "Arranging stories : framing social commentary in short story collections by Southern women writers" (2022). EKU Faculty and Staff Books Gallery. 34.