This article argues that the short-story cycle should be central to teaching American literature, because the genre crystallizes major tensions of American literary history: marginality and inclusion, the individual and the community, and the formation of a national literature from transnational and local materials.
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Jennifer J. Smith; Teaching the Short-Story Cycle, Teaching American Literature. Pedagogy 1 April 2016; 16 (2): 207–227. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15314200-3435836
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