The editors of this special section asked a panel of experts to weigh in on questions related to the short story, the short story cycle, genre and form, emotion, affect, and effects on the reader. The roundtable is divided into two sections, the first of which deals with connections between genre, form, and affect, and the second of which deals with the short story cycle. Biographies of the contributors follow:
Patrick Colm Hogan is a professor in the English Department and the Program in Cognitive Science at the University of Connecticut. He is the author of seventeen books, including works on narrative theory (The Mind and Its Stories , Understanding Nationalism: On Narrative, Identity, and Cognitive Science , Affective Narratology , and Narrative Discourse ) and a book-length, narrative poem (The Death of the Goddess ).
Gerald Lynch was born in Ireland and grew up in Canada. In 2001, the University of Toronto Press published his second bo...