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Above all . . ”29 Transnational organizations, alliances, and corporations tend to replace nation-states as the principal actors in the fields of politics, economy, and culture. “Global” phenomena and challenges such as economic crises or terrorism, too, necessitate transnational perspectives and solutions. Wai Chee Dimock, in fact, has radically argued that “literature has always been a global formation” so that it is “perforce irreducible to the provincializing assumptions informing the study of national literatures” (Pease 2007, 13).
The Poison Plot” I called it . . as the plot notion did seem to me to poison all story telling. What was wanted I thought was form, not plot, an altogether more elusive and difficult thing to come at. ) Anderson was thus after a kind of narrative that suited, indeed conditioned, his material, a narrative that seemed natural to the story told, posing questions rather than giving answers and solutions. In his numerous essays, notebooks, autobiographical writings (diaries, memoirs), and letters, Anderson also, if diffusely, delineated something like a poetics of the short story.
47 Anderson published more than 70 short stories, most of them reprinted or first published in his four short story collections:48 Winesburg, Ohio (1919; including wellknown stories such as “Hands,” “Paper Pills,” and “Adventure”), The Modernism in the United States and Canada ● 39 Triumph of the Egg (1921; including “I Want to Know Why” and “The Egg”), Horses and Men (1923; including “I’m a Fool” and “The Man Who Became a Woman”), and Death in the Woods (1933). Anderson’s short story oeuvre clusters around the 1920s, when he was at the peak of his creativity in this genre.