Iridescent Insects: Flash Fiction in the United States

Rubén Abella

Resumen


Pese a la gran popularidad que el microrrelato ha alcanzado en los Estados Unidos durante las últimas tres décadas, se ha hecho poco por definir el género y estudiar las obras de sus cultivadores más notables. Esta falta de interés académico en la materia se debe en parte a la creencia común entre muchos escritores de que, debido a su extrema brevedad, el microrrelato es un género menor y, por lo tanto, no es un medio apto para crear una narrativa seria. En su opinión, usando las palabras de Edgar John Wideman antes de que descubriera las virtudes del género, el microrrelato parece depender de trucos, no es más que un ejercicio de práctica, un entrenamiento para obras de aliento más largo. El objetivo de este artículo es doble. Por un lado, a través de un cuidadoso examen de la literatura existente, trata de establecer las fronteras y de ofrecer una definición práctica del género en los Estados Unidos. Por otro, proporciona un catálogo de las obras de minificción más importantes escritas en el país, desde Sketches New and Old, de Mark Twain (1882), hasta Can’t and Won’t, de Lydia Davis (2014), pasando por The Devil’s Dictionary, de Ambrose Bierce (1911) y Little Tales of Misogyny, de Patricia Highsmith (1978).

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Microrrelato, flash fiction

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