Two years ago at the International Short Story Conference in Toronto, four of my valued colleagues and I delivered papers on a story by Alice Munro, “Passion” (from Runaway), for the opening Plenary Session of the Conference. Due to the good offices of my longtime friend Susan Lohafer, arrangements were made with James Phelan, editor of the scholarly journal Narrative (not to be confused with the online literary journal of the same name) to publish expanded versions of the five papers, along with theoretical discussions of the short story and dialogues about the short story by the five presenters. The issue includes a long Introduction, which presents a theoretical/historical context for the study of short fiction by all five presenters.
A special issue of Narrative, devoted solely to these papers and discussions, has now been published and is available from the Ohio State University Press in Columbus, Ohio. (www.ohiostatepress.org) The contents of the issue are also available in PDF format from Project Muse, if you have access to this service.
In case you might be interestested, I am posting the table of contents of the special issue and bios of the participants below. As a special, sad, note, I call your attention to the fact that the issue is dedicated to my friend and colleague Per Winther, who died so suddenly and unexpectedly recently from cancer.
Volume 20, Number 2, May 2012
Introduction --pp. 135-170
Pockets of Nothingness: “Metaphysical Solitude” in Alice Munro’s “Passion” --pp. 183-197
Engagement via Emotional Heightening in “Passion”: On the Grammatical Texture of Emotionally-Immersive Passages in Short Fiction- pp. 210-225
The Stories of “Passion”: An Empirical Study --pp. 226-238
Dialogues --pp. 239-253