The Genre Which is Not One: Hemingway’s In Our Time, Difference, and the Short Story Cycle
Summarizes the critical debate concerning the composite novel’s genre, drawing on In Our Time in his discussion of the tensions and juxtapositions found in the form. Donahue argues that while most critics think a universal term is required for the work to be orthodox, the stories are not meant to fit as a comprehensive whole. Rather, the paradoxical nature of the short story cycle both fosters and hinders formal unity. Contends that in the end, such artful wavering steadies the narrative elements to create meaning.
The Postmodern Short Story: Forms and Issues