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4-30-2020

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Scholars often mischaracterize the short story cycle. Although written as stand-alone stories with a beginning, middle and end, they also fit into a larger pattern of a shared experience, a shared world view, a region, a family, an individual, or as in my cycle, a house. In my short story cycle, Anger Metastasizes the image of the house where the key characters reside reoccurs throughout as a physical manifestation of repressed anger. It is fiction scholar, James Nagel's theory that the short story cycle is unified through narrative and is characterized by shared motifs. Furthermore, Nagel reveals that the short story cycle is not new to western prose. In ancient Greece Cyclic Poets wrote supplemental stories that revised Homer's account of the Trojan War (Nagel, The Contemporary American Short Story Cycle, 2001 pp. 1-3). However, Jennifer Smith argues the short story cycle appeals to Americans sense of individualism and pluralism (Smith, The American Short Story Cycle 2017). My cycle reveals the key characters unique variety of problem-solving skills. My three-story cycle, Anger Metastasizes takes place in a house with strangers connected through owning or renting the home, including the impression that because of its history of rage, the house may be haunted. My stories also include episodic exploration of anger and the way it can either be sharpened, vindicated, or serve to empower. This presentation will include both a discussion of the genre and a brief reading from my short story, Pretty Girls Dig Graves.

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Apr 30th, 12:00 AM

Anger Metastasizes: How Anger Can Empower

Scholars often mischaracterize the short story cycle. Although written as stand-alone stories with a beginning, middle and end, they also fit into a larger pattern of a shared experience, a shared world view, a region, a family, an individual, or as in my cycle, a house. In my short story cycle, Anger Metastasizes the image of the house where the key characters reside reoccurs throughout as a physical manifestation of repressed anger. It is fiction scholar, James Nagel's theory that the short story cycle is unified through narrative and is characterized by shared motifs. Furthermore, Nagel reveals that the short story cycle is not new to western prose. In ancient Greece Cyclic Poets wrote supplemental stories that revised Homer's account of the Trojan War (Nagel, The Contemporary American Short Story Cycle, 2001 pp. 1-3). However, Jennifer Smith argues the short story cycle appeals to Americans sense of individualism and pluralism (Smith, The American Short Story Cycle 2017). My cycle reveals the key characters unique variety of problem-solving skills. My three-story cycle, Anger Metastasizes takes place in a house with strangers connected through owning or renting the home, including the impression that because of its history of rage, the house may be haunted. My stories also include episodic exploration of anger and the way it can either be sharpened, vindicated, or serve to empower. This presentation will include both a discussion of the genre and a brief reading from my short story, Pretty Girls Dig Graves.