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Chapter 7 - The War Story

from Part II - Histories

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 May 2023

Michael J. Collins
King's College London
Gavin Jones
Stanford University
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This chapter examines the origins and development of the “War Story” as a subgenre of American short fiction. It argues that the “War Story” evolved out of the Civil War and the subsequent flowering of realism, which influenced this subgenre both stylistically and philosophically. This chapter explores the major iterations of the “War Story” and documents its adaptation by writers such as Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, and Tim O’Brien.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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