CONSTRUCTING COHERENCE IN THE BRITISH SHORT STORY CYCLE 15-16 October 2015 Johannes Gutenberg University (Mainz, Germany) Patrick Alasdair Gill (Mainz) and Florian Kläger (Würzburg) While the American short story cycle has recently been the object of extensive critical discussion, the same can hardly be said of its British counterpart. Still, thematically unified short story cycles would appear to constitute an established feature of the British literary landscape: recent specimens include Graham Swift’s Learning to Swim, Salman Rushdie’s East, West, Julian Barnes’s Cross Channel, Adam Thorpe’s Shifts, Sara Maitland’s Moss Witch, A. L. Kennedy’s What Becomes, and Kazuo Ishiguro’s Nocturnes. By reference to these and otherRead More →