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Extreme Fiction: Fabulists and Formalists

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  49 ratings  ·  7 reviews
This anthology surveys the most thought-provoking and noteworthy “non-traditional#148 short stories written by American and international writers over the past 100 years. The works collected here represent a rich, while often overlooked, tradition of stories that seem to break the rules of short fiction. These stories, by well-known writers as well as by refreshingly new v ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 14th 2003 by Longman Publishing Group
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Rose Be
I'm working my way through this book, and I'll update this as I read more stories from the collection.

Intro:
This was a very good overview of different types of fiction, including realism, fabulism, collage, modernism & postmodernism, surrealism, Dadaism, appropriations, and irreal & unreal fiction.

Fabulists:
"Pastoralia" by George Saunders: An funny story about a man who works as a caveman in an amusement park, faxing in his daily performance evaluations for his partner-cavewoman. The
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Megan
considering using this for my CW course, possibly or not in tandem with another more conventional anthology or craft guide. anyone read it, have thoughts?
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the introduction is really useful for introducing beginning writers to an array of fictional possibilities rooted in various traditions. i use some of these stories but still prefer my course packet to an anthology.
Tim
Sep 18, 2007 Tim rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fiction teachers
Although this collection has flown below the radar, it's an excellent anthology for those interested in non-linear and meta-fiction. It's also a good introduction for those teaching fiction workshops. Students are introduced to a wide and varying style of fiction that, perhaps, may not occur with more writer-based anthologies. Theme and style rule here, not names.
Heid E.
I used this wonderful book for teaching a fiction writing class. Weird enough stories to keep student writers talking about HOW the work was made, rather than WHAT it was about. Fun!
Vivian
Actually this is a story collection co-edited by Robin Hemley and Michael Martone. Very good; contains many seldom-seen stories.
Sloth Slaughter
My Creative Writing teacher loaned me this. Pretty good. It's got Saunders and Angela Carter in it, other good stories too.
Katie
Everyone in this book gets their period and/or has sex with their half-sibling.
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