How Fiction Works

Author: James Wood
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1446414485
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 208
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In the tradition of E. M. Forster's Aspects of the Novel and Milan Kundera's The Art of the Novel, How Fiction Works is a scintillating and searching study of the main elements of fiction, such as narrative, detail, characterization, dialogue, realism, and style. In his first full-length book of criticism, one of the most prominent critics of our time takes the machinery of story-telling apart to ask a series of fundamental questions: What do we mean when we say we 'know' a fictional character? What constitutes a 'telling' detail? When is a metaphor successful? Is realism realistic? Why do most endings of novels disappoint? Wood ranges widely, from Homer to Beatrix Potter, from the Bible to John Le Carré, and his book is both a study of the techniques of fiction-making and an alternative history of the novel. Playful and profound, it incisively sums up two decades of bold, often controversial, and now classic critical work, and will be enlightening to writers, readers, and anyone interested in what happens on the page.

How Fiction Works

Author: Oakley Hall
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 9781582972930
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 228
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Think of your fiction like a clock, a marvel of mainsprings and wheels, pinions and pendulums. It's an extraordinary organization of diverse elements, channeling energy and tension into the regular coordination of action and reaction, rotating gears and moving hands. &break;&break;Oakley Hall, writing teacher emeritus, invites you as his apprentice to study fiction's inner workings, the pegs and screws upon which a good story depends. You'll find the elements of fiction examined and illuminated, with insights into how they must interact to create a distinctive story. &break;&break;In sharing lessons taught by years of experience and by citing examples from dozens of esteemed writers, Hall makes working alongside a master thoroughly pleasurable, as well as an invaluable opportunity to craft fiction that is tuned like a precision timepiece.

Jane Urquhart

Essays on Her Works
Author: Laura Ferri
Publisher: Guernica Editions
ISBN: 9781550711868
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 151
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Jane Urquhart has published three books of poetry, a collection of short stories and five best-selling novels. Her fiction has won many honours including Canada's 1997 Governor General's Award, and France's prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger. She lives in Ontario, Canada. The essays in this book investigate Urquhart's interweaving of historical events, myth, folk tales, journeys and landscape with her acute perceptions of memory and transformation. The many critical voices in this collection invite readers to consider Urquhart's very special vision of the world, one made up of migrations, dreams, spiritual quests and prophecy.

The Collar

Reading Christian Ministry in Fiction, Television, and Film
Author: Sue Sorensen
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1630871915
Category: Religion
Page: 318
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Combining thematic analysis and stimulating close readings, The Collar is a wide-ranging study of the many ways--heroic or comic, shrewd or dastardly--Christian ministers have been represented in literature and film. Since all Christians are expected to be involved in ministry of some type, the assumptions of secular culture about ministers affect more than just clergy. Ranging across several nations (particularly the U. S., Britain, and Canada), denominations, and centuries, The Collar aims to encourage creative and faithful responses to the challenges of Christian leadership and to provoke awareness of the times when leadership expectations become too extreme. Using the framework of novels, plays, TV, and movies to make inquiries about pastoral passion, frustration, and fallibility, Sue Sorensen's well-informed, sprightly, and perceptive book will be helpful to pastors, parishioners, those interested in practical theology, and anyone who enjoys evocative literature and film.

Der Bestseller-Code

Was uns ein bahnbrechender Algorithmus über Bücher, Storys und das Lesen verrät
Author: Jodie Archer,Matthew L. Jockers
Publisher: Plassen Verlag
ISBN: 3864705002
Category: Political Science
Page: 248
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Hat „50 Shades of Grey" auch Ihre Kasse kräftig klingeln lassen? Und haben auch Sie sich gefragt: „Warum?" Verlagsprofi Jodie Archer und Englisch-Professor Matthew Jockers haben einen Algorithmus entwickelt, der die Antwort darauf gibt – und der mit 97-prozentiger Genauigkeit vorhersagen kann, welche Schmöker zu Bestsellern werden. Archer und Jockers haben viel Überraschendes über unser Leseverhalten und das Erfolgsrezept fesselnder Romane herausgefunden, zum Beispiel: Menschliche Nähe kommt an, Sex (meistens) nicht. Dieses Buch, welches bereits Furore in der deutschen Presse gemacht hat, ist etwas für alle, die Belletristik lesen, verkaufen, einkaufen, lektorieren ...

Selbst ist der Mensch

Körper, Geist und die Entstehung des menschlichen Bewusstseins
Author: Antonio Damasio
Publisher: Siedler Verlag
ISBN: 3641079349
Category: Science
Page: 368
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Vom Sein zum Bewusstsein Eine atemberaubende Reise in die Tiefen des menschlichen Geistes Antonio Damasio ist einer der bedeutendsten Neurowissenschaftler unserer Zeit, seine Bücher sind internationale Bestseller. In seinem neuesten Werk widmet er sich einer Frage, die Neurologen, Philosophen und Psychologen seit Jahrhunderten rätseln lässt: Wie entsteht Bewusstsein? Mit seiner Antwort erklärt Damasio, wie der Mensch zum selbstbewussten Wesen wurde und dabei Fähigkeiten wie Sprache, Kreativität und Moral entwickelte.

Fiction - The Art and the Craft

How Fiction is Written and How to Write it
Author: Colin Bulman
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
ISBN: 1782794344
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 206
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Fiction - The Art and the Craft is a highly practical exposition of all the major elements of fiction - such as plot, conflict, suspense, the hook, inference, character and dialogue - and how these elements are combined to make a compelling story. Using examples from well-known works of literature and incorporating exercises, research suggestions and activities, this informative, interesting and accessible book is a must-read for any author.

A Reader's Book of Days: True Tales from the Lives and Works of Writers for Every Day of the Year

Author: Tom Nissley
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393241491
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 416
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A witty and addictively readable day-by-day literary companion. At once a love letter to literature and a charming guide to the books most worth reading, A Reader's Book of Days features bite-size accounts of events in the lives of great authors for every day of the year. Here is Marcel Proust starting In Search of Lost Time and Virginia Woolf scribbling in the margin of her own writing, "Is it nonsense, or is it brilliance?" Fictional events that take place within beloved books are also included: the birth of Harry Potter’s enemy Draco Malfoy, the blood-soaked prom in Stephen King’s Carrie. A Reader's Book of Days is filled with memorable and surprising tales from the lives and works of Martin Amis, Jane Austen, James Baldwin, Roberto Bolano, the Brontë sisters, Junot Díaz, Philip K. Dick, Charles Dickens, Joan Didion, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Keats, Hilary Mantel, Haruki Murakami, Flannery O’Connor, Orhan Pamuk, George Plimpton, Marilynne Robinson, W. G. Sebald, Dr. Seuss, Zadie Smith, Susan Sontag, Hunter S. Thompson, Leo Tolstoy, David Foster Wallace, and many more. The book also notes the days on which famous authors were born and died; it includes lists of recommended reading for every month of the year as well as snippets from book reviews as they appeared across literary history; and throughout there are wry illustrations by acclaimed artist Joanna Neborsky. Brimming with nearly 2,000 stories, A Reader's Book of Days will have readers of every stripe reaching for their favorite books and discovering new ones.

Novel Approaches to Anthropology

Contributions to Literary Anthropology
Author: Marilyn Cohen
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 0739175033
Category: Social Science
Page: 258
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This volume of essays reflects current theoretical, methodological, and pedagogical approaches to literary anthropology.

Literary Fiction

The Ways We Read Narrative Literature
Author: Geir Farner
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 162356025X
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 336
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Insofar as literary theory has addressed the issue of literature as a means of communication and the function of literary fiction, opinions have been sharply divided, indicating that the elementary foundations of literary theory and criticism still need clarifying. Many of the "classical" problems that literary theory has been grappling with from Aristotle to our time are still waiting for a satisfactory solution. Based on a new cognitive model of literature as communication, Farner systematically explains how literary fiction works, providing new solutions to a wide range of literary issues, like intention, function, evaluation, delimitation of the literary work as such, fictionality, suspense, and the roles of author and narrator, along with such narratological problems as voice, point of view and duration. Covering a wide range of literary issues central to literary theory, offering new theories while also summarising the field as it stands, Literary Fiction will be a valuable guide and resource for students and scholars of the theory of literature.

Living Fiction

Reading the British Novel from Daniel Defoe to Julian Barnes
Author: William Hutchings
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 1137298359
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 210
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Analysing a wide range of extracts from key works of British fiction from the Eighteenth to the Twenty-First Century, William Hutchings lucidly demonstrates how close reading can enhance appreciation of detail and illuminate whole novels.

A Writer's Guide to Fiction

Author: Elizabeth Lyon
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101143889
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 272
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The second book in the Writer's Compass series from professional writing instructor Elizabeth Lyon offers both aspiring and established authors the fundamentals of writing and selling a great novel or short story. In addition to the basics of characterization, plot, pacing, and theme, A Writer's Guide to Fiction also features a plan for revising fiction, a guide to marketing, samples of cover and query letters, and methods of honing the writing craft.

Reading the American Novel 1780 - 1865

Author: Shirley Samuels
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118786319
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 208
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Reading the American Novel 1780-1865 provides valuableinsights into the evolution and diversity of fictional genresproduced in the United States from the late 18th century until theCivil War, and helps introductory students to interpret andunderstand the fiction from this popular period. Offers an overview of early fictional genres and introducesways to interpret them today Features in depth examinations of specific novels Explores the social and historical contexts of the time to helpthe readers’ understanding of the stories Explores questions of identity - about the novel, its19th-century readers, and the emerging structure of the UnitedStates - as an important backdrop to understanding Americanfiction Profiles the major authors, including Louisa May Alcott,Charles Brockden Brown, James Fenimore Cooper, Nathaniel Hawthorne,Herman Melville, Harriet Beecher Stowe, alongside less familiarwriters such as Fanny Fern, Caroline Kirkland, George Lippard,Catharine Sedgwick, and E. D. E. N. Southworth Selected by Choice as a 2013 Outstanding Academic Title


An Introduction
Author: G. Thomas Couser
Publisher: OUP USA
ISBN: 0199826900
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 206
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A compact, pithy guide to the most popular form of life-writing, Memoir: An Introduction provides a primer to the ubiquitous literary form and its many subgenres.

The Art of Fiction

Author: David Lodge
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448137799
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 256
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In this entertaining and enlightening collection David Lodge considers the art of fiction under a wide range of headings, drawing on writers as diverse as Henry James, Martin Amis, Jane Austen and James Joyce. Looking at ideas such as the Intrusive Author, Suspense, the Epistolary Novel, Magic Realism and Symbolism, and illustrating each topic with a passage taken from a classic or modern novel, David Lodge makes the richness and variety of British and American fiction accessible to the general reader. He provides essential reading for students, aspiring writers and anyone who wants to understand how fiction works.

Hegel on the Modern Arts

Author: Benjamin Rutter
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 113948978X
Category: Philosophy
Page: N.A
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Debates over the 'end of art' have tended to obscure Hegel's work on the arts themselves. Benjamin Rutter opens this study with a defence of art's indispensability to Hegel's conception of modernity; he then seeks to reorient discussion toward the distinctive values of painting, poetry, and the novel. Working carefully through Hegel's four lecture series on aesthetics, he identifies the expressive possibilities particular to each medium. Thus, Dutch genre scenes animate the everyday with an appearance of vitality; metaphor frees language from prose; and Goethe's lyrics revive the banal routines of love with imagination and wit. Rutter's important study reconstructs Hegel's view not only of modern art but of modern life and will appeal to philosophers, literary theorists, and art historians alike.

Speculative Everything

Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming
Author: Anthony Dunne,Fiona Raby
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262019841
Category: Art
Page: 224
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How to use design as a tool to create not only things but ideas, to speculate about possible futures.

Key Concepts in Creative Writing

Author: Matt Morrison
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 1137118962
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 224
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A comprehensive writers' guide to the terminology used across the creative writing industries and in the major literary movements. Packed with practical tips for honing writing skills and identifying opportunities for publication and production, it also explains the workings of publishing houses, literary agencies and producing theatres.