How can the short story help to redefine modernism, postmodernism and their interrelationship? What is the status of the short story in modern literary history? These are the central questions that the essays collected in this volume try to answer from different perspectives through readings of short fiction in English and accounts of the genre's theorisations. The essays by a group of international scholars tackle theoretical issues that are central in approaches to both movements such as periodisation, automy, high vs. popular literature, totality vs. fragmentation, surface vs. depth, otherness, representation, and, above all, the subject and its vicissitudes. Because it blends theory-based arguments into the approaches to the short fiction of mainly canical authors (Joyce, Woolf, Lewis, Ballard, Carter, Rushdie, or Wallace), Modernism, Postmodernism, and the Short Story in English is of interest t only to readers and scholars of the short story, but also to those coming from the fields of literary theory and literary history.
Jorge Sacido took his PhD from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and is at present Senior Lecturer in English at this university. He has published on Conrad, Woolf, Zizek and British popular culture, and has co-edited National Identities and European Literatures (2008). He supervised a research project on modernism and postmodernism in the English short story funded by the Galician Regional Government (2008-2011).