- Alexandria Milton
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- The Short Story: A Genre of Space
My research uses space as a theoretical approach to fill the void between social being (physical and imaginative experience) and literary expression in the short story, using Latin American and Middle Eastern short stories as case studies. The concept of space is of special importance in the structure of the short story because of its compactness, intensity, and reliance on metaphor, symbolism, innuendo, and the unsaid. It makes particular use of imagination to drive its point and connect it to wider issues of society; space is what allows the short story to be compact yet revealing. My research hopes to advance scholarship of both the short story and space, with special attention paid to the function of the unsaid in literature and how it informs our understanding of the relationship between society, imagination, and literary production in general.