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This edition: In That Time and Place: Setting and Character in Short Fiction





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Episode Details

This episode, "In That Time and Place: Setting and Character in Short Fiction," defined the goals of setting as establishing reality and evoking a theme, and used a dramatization of Susan Glaspell's "A Jury of Her Peers" to explore this theme. It also examined the idea of understanding literature in its historical and cultural context; used newsreels from 1917--the time Glassfell wrote her work--to underscore the importance of the context in which a work is written; and featured commentary by writer Stephen Dixon, in which the author of "All Gone" explained how he created setting in his fiction.