Michael Basseler

Michael Basseler (Dr. habil.), born in 1976, works as Academic Manager at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture at the University of Gießen. His research focuses on US-American literature and culture as well as literary and cultural theory, especially the study of narrative, African American literature, and the short story. His current project deals with the concept of resilience from a literary and cultural perspective.

transcript-Publications in the Research Fields: English and American Literature Studies, Literary Studies

Publications in the Series: American Culture Studies

Web: Uni Gießen


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An Organon of Life Knowledge

Genres and Functions of the Short Story in North America

The short story as a tool for acquiring knowledge of and about life? This study offers a fresh take on the the genre and explores how it constructs and circulates `life knowledge'.

Book Chapter

  1. An Organon of Life Knowledge


    Seiten 1 - 6
  2. Contents

    Seiten 7 - 8
  3. Preface and Acknowledgements

    Seiten 9 - 12
  4. Introduction

    Seiten 13 - 38
  5. 1. Literature, Life Knowledge, and 'Science for Living'

    Seiten 41 - 50
  6. 2. The Knowledge of Literature: Positions, Debates, and Approaches

    Seiten 51 - 80
  7. 4. The Short Story as an Organon of Life Knowledge: An Epistemological Approach to the Genre

    Seiten 83 - 92
  8. 5. Life Knowledge as Projection: The Cognitive Work of Short Stories

    Seiten 93 - 100
  9. 6. Life-Changing Experiences and Turning Points: The Crisis-Ridden Life Knowledge of the Short Story

    Seiten 101 - 110
  10. 7. The American Short Story and the Temporalization of Life in Modernity: Washington Irving's "Rip Van Winkle" and F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

    Seiten 111 - 134
  11. 8. Epistemological Uncertainty and Knowledge of Maturation in Stories of Initiation: Sherwood Anderson's "I Want to Know Why", Eudora Welty's "A Visit of Charity" and "A Memory", and Junot Díaz's "Ysrael"

    Seiten 141 - 162
  12. 9. Midlife Crisis as Turning Point for the 'Mature Moderns': John Cheever's "The Country Husband"

    Seiten 163 - 176
  13. 10. Stories of 'Unlived' and Secret Lives: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Sherwood Anderson, Henry James, and James Thurber

    Seiten 177 - 194
  14. 11. Gerontophobia, Ageism, and the Wisdom of Later Life in Stories of Aging: Willa Cather's "Old Mrs. Harris" and Eudora Welty's "Old Mr. Marblehall"

    Seiten 195 - 216
  15. 12. Understanding Life Retrospectively in Stories of Remembered Life: Willa Cather, William Saroyan, Russell Banks, Anthony Doerr

    Seiten 217 - 230
  16. Coda: The Short Story as Epistemological Fiction Alice Munro's "What Do You Want to Know For?"

    Seiten 231 - 248
  17. Works Cited

    Seiten 249 - 274

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