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The Use of Detail in American Short Fiction

Lecture no. 10 from the course: Great American Short Stories: A Guide for Writers and Readers

The Use of Detail in American Short Fiction

Taught by Professor Jennifer Cognard-Black | 33 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses

What is the difference between fact and truth, and why does this distinction matter in fiction? Discover how writers use certain details to inform readers about the inner life of the characters and look closely at why the facts in a short story are never random. Works by Toni Morrison, James Thurber, and Lee K. Abbott demonstrate different levels of detail.