Travel and Dislocation in Contemporary American Fiction

Chang-rae Lee, Ethan Canin, Dinaw Mengestu and Jhumpa Lahiri all show a
great interest in the relationship ... which I mean that they write about their
characters' relationships with their places of residence (houses, towns, roads)
and use the ...

Author: Aliki Varvogli

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136627033

Category: Literary Criticism

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This book offers a critical study and analysis of American fiction at the beginning of the twenty-first century. It focuses on novels that ‘go outward’ literally and metaphorically, and it concentrates on narratives that take place mainly away from the US’s geographical borders. Varvogli draws on current theories of travel globalization and post-national studies, and proposes a dynamic model that will enable scholars to approach contemporary American fiction and assess recent changes and continuities. Concentrating on work by Philip Caputo, Dave Eggers, Norman Rush and Russell Banks, the book proposes that American literature’s engagement with Africa has shifted and needs to be approached using new methodologies. Novels by Amy Tan, Garrison Keillor, Jonathan Safran Foer and Dave Eggers are examined in the context of travel and globalization, and works by Chang-rae Lee, Ethan Canin, Dinaw Mengestu and Jhumpa Lahiri are used as examples of the changing face of the American immigrant novel, and the changing meaning of national belonging.

Road to Nowhere and Other New Stories from the Southwest

On one hand, what we think we know about the Southwest often gets in the way
of knowing it. ... The relationship to place in these stories is more prickly and
complex, like the smell of sagebrush after a rain, a scent that the narrator of “
Arboretum” describes ... Whether the characters cut new roads through the desert
, kill cattle on a drought-stricken ranch, or haul a mysterious animal bone from a
canal, the ...

Author: D. Seth Horton

Publisher: UNM Press

ISBN: 9780826353153

Category: Fiction

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The Southwest of the twenty-first century is full of surprises, and so is this collection of southwestern short stories published between 2007 and 2011. The writers represented here remind us that this is not the “Old Southwest” of gunfighters and sagebrush but, instead, a place of rock collectors, palm readers, and Russian mail-order brides. Well-known authors like Sallie Bingham, Ron Carlson, Laura Furman, and Dagoberto Gilb are joined here by exciting newcomers Eddie Chuculate, Don Waters, Claire Vaye Watkins, and others.

Image and Identity

However, if feeling c doesn't have a feeling relationship or isn't true of the
characters, then it won't work. ... Billy and Antoinette in the film are not Billy and
Antoinette Edwards, the couple who exist and live at 323 Rushton Road. ... is
philosophical nonsense.6 King's comments raise questions about the use of “
factual” footage within a fictional structure. ... Is this any less irresponsible than a
newsbroadcaster forging connections between unrelated events to produce a
good story?

Author: R. Bruce Elder

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

ISBN: 9781554586776

Category: Art

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What do images of the body, which recent poets and filmmakers have given us, tell us about ourselves, about the way we think and about the culture in which we live? In his new book A Body of Vision, R. Bruce Elder situates contemporary poetic and cinematic body images in their cultural context. Elder examines how recent artists have tried to recognize and to convey primordial forms of experiences. He proposes the daring thesis that in their efforts to do so, artists have resorted to gnostic models of consciousness. He argues that the attempt to convey these primordial modes of awareness demands a different conception of artistic meaning from any of those that currently dominate contemporary critical discussion. By reworking theories and speech in highly original ways, Elder formulates this new conception. The works of Brakhage, Artaud, Schneeman, Cohen and others lie naked under Elder’s razor-sharp dissecting knife and he exposes the essence of their work, cutting deeply into the themes and theses from which the works are derived. His remarks on the gaps in contemporary critical practices will likely become the focus of much debate.

Road to Hell and Other Stories

Unfortunately I do and it is in my relationship with people, especially women. ... I'
m only too well aware of the gap in my character and (as I have just said) have
tried everything to remove it, or perhaps it would be more accurate to say fill it up.

Author: Henry Toledano

Publisher: Booktango

ISBN: 9781468927726

Category: Fiction

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Stories: Here, there and nowhere are a potpourri of tales set in North America, Europe, Egypt and neither here nor there. The title of the book is about a man's Oedipus complex. Other stories include a man's obsession with his baldness; a man desperate to save his marriage; a broker torn between whether to marry or remain single; two young satyrs looking for a good time; a woman in search of a husband plus a couple of supernatural and gay stories and topping it all off a fable.

When Stories Travel

Spagnolo's attempt to treat Gino to his “prosperity” appears pathetic at best and
harboring a second motive at worst. ... of Gino and Lo Spagnolo's relationship (no
fascist censor would have allowed the sexual explicitness that Visconti would
later display, for example, in ... The romance of the road meant escaping “from
the narrowness of woman's influence into the wide free world of men” (DePastino
xxvi).

Author: Cristina Della Coletta

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 142140365X

Category: Performing Arts

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Adapting fiction into film is, as author Cristina Della Coletta asserts, a transformative encounter that takes place not just across media but across different cultures. In this book, Della Coletta explores what it means when the translation of fiction into film involves writers, directors, and audiences who belong to national, historical, and cultural formations different from that of the adapted work. In particular, Della Coletta examines narratives and films belonging to Italian, North American, French, and Argentine cultures. These include Luchino Visconti’s adaptation of James M. Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice, Federico Fellini’s version of Edgar Allan Poe’s story "Never Bet the Devil Your Head," Alain Corneau’s film based on Antonio Tabucchi’s Notturno indiano, and Bernardo Bertolucci’s take on Jorge Luis Borges’s "Tema del traidor y del héroe." In her framework for analyzing these cross-cultural film adaptations, Della Coletta borrows from the philosophical hermeneutics of Hans-Georg Gadamer and calls for a "hermeneutics of estrangement," a practice of mediation and adaptation that defines cultures, nations, selfhoods, and their aesthetic achievements in terms of their transformative encounters. Stories travel to unexpected and interesting places when adapted into film by people of diverse cultures. While the intended meaning of the author may not be perfectly reproduced, it still holds, Della Coletta argues, an equally valid and important intellectual claim upon its interpreters. With a firm grasp on the latest developments in adaptation theory, Della Coletta invites scholars of media studies, cultural history, comparative literature, and adaptation studies to deepen their understanding of this critical encounter between texts, writers, readers, and cultural movements.

How To Write And Sell Great Short Stories

Great. Dialogue. Dialogue is an extremely powerful tool in fiction but should be
used with care; characters need to sound real ... E.g. I was like walking down the
road. ... It must also reveal nuances of their character, reveal a tiny fragment of
their back-story, and suggest their relationship to the character they're speaking
with.

Author: Linda M. James

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 9781780993621

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 211

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How to create characters who are more real than your family and friends? How to make these characters speak with their own dialogue, not yours? How to create vivid locations that readers can actually see? How to create such intriguing plots that readers are desperate to carry on reading? How to be really creative with words? You don’t? Then you need to buy this invaluable book. It will not only teach you fascinating story-telling techniques, but how to market your polished short stories once they are written so that they sell worldwide!

A Gendered Collision

Sentimentalism and Modernism in Dorothy Parker's Poetry and Fiction Rhonda S.
Pettit. Parker's oeuvre that focus on the heartbreak of relationships. Significantly,
a number of Parker's sketches, as well as several of her longer stories, feature
characters who suppress their ... In "The Road Home" and "The Sexes,"
conversation consists of ironic retorts designed to avoid open expressions of
anger and ...

Author: Rhonda S. Pettit

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 083863818X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

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As documented in her poetry and fiction, Parker's modernism moves beyond a narrow set of aesthetic principles; it carries the remnants from a collision of competing values, those of nineteenth-century sentimentalism, and twentieth-century decadence and modernism. Her works display the intense dynamic in which early twentieth-century literature and art were created."--BOOK JACKET.

CliffsNotes on Stowe s Uncle Tom s Cabin

Numerous critics (including Helen Waite Papashvily in 1956 and Philip Fisher in
1985) have discussed Uncle Tom's Cabin as ... hero), Eliza (the innocent heroine
), and St. Clare (the "Byronic" or untamed hero) are to a great extent examples. ...
are present in Stowe's novel, as the reader will recognize — even the Gothic
characters, although their relationships with ... the dark and winding road or
labyrinth, the "wasteland" or barrens, nightmares (what Thornburg calls "Gothic
dreams," ...

Author: Mary Thornburg

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780544184398

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 128

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The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format. In CliffsNotes on Uncle Tom's Cabin, you discover Harriet Beecher Stowe's most memorable and socially relevant novel—a book that, when published in 1852, galvanized public opinion against slavery in a way never seen before. The story follows the lives of two slaves: Eliza, who escapes slavery with her son, and Tom, who must endure humiliation, abuse, and torture inflicted by his owners. This study guide takes you though Eliza and Tom's journeys by providing summaries and commentaries on each chapter of the novel. Critical essays give you insight into the major themes of the novel, as well as the novel's structure and Gothic elements. Other features that help you study include Character analyses of the main characters A character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters A section on the life and background of Harriet Beecher Stowe A review section that tests your knowledge A Resource Center full of books, articles, films, and Internet sites Classic literature or modern-day treasure—you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

The Fiction of Ruth Rendell

In Some Lie and Some Die and in Road Rage, Wexford encounters parents
whose children have been murdered and ... congratulating himself on his good
fortune compared to those whose disturbed family relationships have led to
crimes.

Author: Barbara Leavy

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 9781615953394

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 336

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Aside from Ruth Rendell's brilliance as a fiction writer, and her appeal to mystery lovers, her books portray a compelling, universal experience that her readers can immediately relate to, the intra-familial stresses generated by the nuclear family. Even those who experience the joys as well as pains of family life will find in Rendell the conflicts that beset all who must navigate their way through the conflicts that beset members of the closest families. Barbara Fass Leavy analyzes the multi-leveled treatment of these themes that contributes to Rendell's standing as a major contemporary novelist. Rendell, who also writes as Barbara Vine, draws on ancient Greek narratives, and on the psychological theories Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung derived from them, to portray the disturbed family relationships found throughout her work. Leavy's analysis considers what distinguishes mysteries as popular entertainment from crime fiction as literary art. The potential for rereading even when the reader remembers "whodunit" will be the basis for this distinction. Leavy also looks closely at the Oedipus and Electra complexes and how they illuminate Rendell's portrayals of the different pairings within the nuclear family (for example, mother and daughter) and considers the importance of gender differences. In addition, Leavy corrects a widespread error, that Freud formulated the Electra complex, when in fact the formulation was Jung's as he challenged Freud's emphasis on the Oedipus story as the essential paradigm for human psychological development.

Merriam Webster s Encyclopedia of Literature

His greatest achievement in this type of drama is to be found among those autos
of his old age that dramatize the ... Caldwell ' s reputation as a novelist largely
rests on Tobacco Road and on God ' s Little Acre ( 1933 ) , another best - selling
novel featuring a cast ... published in Drama tis Personae in 1864 , constituting
an inquiry into the nature of human relationships with God and with one another .

Author: Merriam-Webster, Inc

Publisher: Merriam-Webster

ISBN: 0877790426

Category: Reference

Page: 1236

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"A rich source of information about the world's finest literature. Over 10,000 entries and 250 illustrations covering authors, works, and literary terms and topics from all eras and all parts of the world. Includes pronunciations."

Translating Mount Fuji

Modern Japanese Fiction and the Ethics of Identity Dennis Washburn. Ooka pays
close attention as well to the settings in which the relationships among his
characters play out. Many of these spaces provide ... There is a road that runs
from the tracks midway between the Kokubunji and Koganei stations on the Chūó
line.

Author: Dennis Washburn

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231511155

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

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Dennis Washburn traces the changing character of Japanese national identity in the works of six major authors: Ueda Akinari, Natsume S?seki, Mori ?gai, Yokomitsu Riichi, ?oka Shohei, and Mishima Yukio. By focusing on certain interconnected themes, Washburn illuminates the contradictory desires of a nation trapped between emulating the West and preserving the traditions of Asia. Washburn begins with Ueda's Ugetsu monogatari (Tales of Moonlight and Rain) and its preoccupation with the distant past, a sense of loss, and the connection between values and identity. He then considers the use of narrative realism and the metaphor of translation in Soseki's Sanshiro; the relationship between ideology and selfhood in Ogai's Seinen; Yokomitsu Riichi's attempt to synthesize the national and the cosmopolitan; Ooka Shohei's post-World War II representations of the ethical and spiritual crises confronting his age; and Mishima's innovative play with the aesthetics of the inauthentic and the artistry of kitsch. Washburn's brilliant analysis teases out common themes concerning the illustration of moral and aesthetic values, the crucial role of autonomy and authenticity in defining notions of culture, the impact of cultural translation on ideas of nation and subjectivity, the ethics of identity, and the hybrid quality of modern Japanese society. He pinpoints the persistent anxiety that influenced these authors' writings, a struggle to translate rhetorical forms of Western literature while preserving elements of the pre-Meiji tradition. A unique combination of intellectual history and critical literary analysis, Translating Mount Fuji recounts the evolution of a conflict that inspired remarkable literary experimentation and achievement.

Quick Guide to Writing Fiction and Nonfiction books

real road trip. Detours take your main character farther away from his intended
goal but closer to the goal you have set for ... saving the world, rebuilding a lost
relationship, realizing that life is already good, or any other goal you have in mind
.

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An Edo Anthology

The best examples, written by masters such as Santō Kyōden, not only utilize
contemporary spoken cues to mark each character's degree ... At a Fork on the
Road to Hiring a Hooker* (1798), by Umebori Kokuga (1750–1821), departs from
the literati's obsession with tsū ... with their interest in characters' psychological
relationships and descriptive realism, were a precursor to the modern novel in
Japan.

Author: Sumie Jones

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824837761

Category: Literary Criticism

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During the eighteenth century, Edo (today’s Tokyo) became the world’s largest city, quickly surpassing London and Paris. Its rapidly expanding population and flourishing economy encouraged the development of a thriving popular culture. Innovative and ambitious young authors and artists soon began to look beyond the established categories of poetry, drama, and prose, banding together to invent completely new literary forms that focused on the fun and charm of Edo. Their writings were sometimes witty, wild, and bawdy, and other times sensitive, wise, and polished. Now some of these high spirited works, celebrating the rapid changes, extraordinary events, and scandalous news of the day, have been collected in an accessible volume highlighting the city life of Edo. Edo’s urban consumers demanded visual presentations and performances in all genres. Novelties such as books with text and art on the same page were highly sought after, as were kabuki plays and the polychrome prints that often shared the same themes, characters, and even jokes. Popular interest in sex and entertainment focused attention on the theatre district and “pleasure quarters,” which became the chief backdrops for the literature and arts of the period. Gesaku, or “playful writing,” invented in the mid-eighteenth century, satirized the government and samurai behavior while parodying the classics. These entertaining new styles bred genres that appealed to the masses. Among the bestsellers were lengthy serialized heroic epics, revenge dramas, ghost and monster stories, romantic melodramas, and comedies that featured common folk. An Edo Anthology offers distinctive and engaging examples of this broad range of genres and media. It includes both well-known masterpieces and unusual examples from the city’s counterculture, some popular with intellectuals, others with wider appeal. Some of the translations presented here are the first available in English and many are based on first editions. In bringing together these important and expertly translated Edo texts in a single volume, this collection will be warmly welcomed by students and interested readers of Japanese literature and popular culture.

Fanged Fan Fiction

The Archive of New Stories What if Bella is no longer the narrator in Twilight? ...
Altered pairings commonly fall into the AU category of fan fiction and thus
represent authors' desires to explore roads not ... altered pairings have other
consequences for both plot and character when authors investigate either the
relationships ...

Author: Maria Lindgren Leavenworth

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476606293

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 236

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Twilight, True Blood and The Vampire Diaries have sparked intense fan activity and generated a large quantity of fan fiction: stories which test the limits of an already existing fictional work and explore gaps and discrepancies within it. Working from the idea that texts constitute archives, expanded and altered by each addition, close readings of a selection of fanfics illustrate particular transformative practices in the online environment. The central figure of the vampire is read through the lens of fanfic authors’ contributions to the archives, particularly regarding how figuratively or literally refanged versions of the trope are used to subvert norms established in the source texts concerning depictions of sexuality, sexual practices, and monstrosity. Complex relationships between authorial power and subversion, between mainstream messages and individual interpretations, are examined through fanfic analyses, the findings contributing to discussions about contemporary literary creativity.

Canyon Road a Novel

North Post Oak Road, Houston Ivan Milkovich, now forty-four years old, had
joined the Foreign Intelligence Service headquartered in ... The Foreign
Intelligence Service was a successor to the KBG, which had been dissolved in
1991 at the conclusion of the Cold War. ... He'd had a few serious relationships
with women in Russia, but when working for his government he hadn't been able
to reveal what ...

Author: A. P. Greenwood

Publisher: Sunstone Press

ISBN: 9780865349094

Category: Fiction

Page: 273

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Niels Larsen, a forty-year old Houston philanthropist is murdered late at night in southwest Santa Fe. Police find cocaine in his rental car, a nine millimeter gun in his hand, and officially report the crime as the result of a drug deal gone bad. Larsen's wife, Jan, hires Rhett and Toni Sanders to determine the real motivation for the murder, thus becoming the first client for the Sanders Investigation Agency. The investigation leads Rhett and Toni to Canyon Road, the heart of the art district of Santa Fe, and uncovers a web of intrigue involving adultery, art forgery and the Russian mob. Even though the FBI and local police get involved, there are more murders, near murders, and plenty of suspense in this fast moving tale set mostly in the enchanted capital city of New Mexico.

British Fiction of the 1990s

The interplay between past and present is thus woven into the very structure of
The Ghost Road. Occasionally characters in the trilogy register a particular
awareness of historical change in their times. When Prior returns, temporarily, to
Salford ...

Author: Nick Bentley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134292493

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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The 1990s proved to be a particularly rich and fascinating period for British fiction. This book presents a fresh perspective on the diverse writings that appeared over the decade, bringing together leading academics in the field. British Fiction of the 1990s: traces the concerns that emerged as central to 1990s fiction, in sections on millennial anxieties, identity politics, the relationship between the contemporary and the historical, and representations of contemporary space offers distinctive new readings of the most important novelists of the period, including Martin Amis, Beryl Bainbridge, Pat Barker, Julian Barnes, A.S. Byatt, Hanif Kureishi, Ian McEwan, Iain Sinclair, Zadie Smith and Jeanette Winterson shows how British fiction engages with major cultural debates of the time, such as the concern with representing various identities and cultural groups, or theories of ‘the end of history’ discusses 1990s fiction in relation to broader literary and critical theories, including postmodernism, post-feminism and postcolonialism. Together the essays highlight the ways in which the writing of the 1990s represents a development of the themes and styles of the post-war novel generally, yet displays a range of characteristics distinct to the decade.

River Road a standalone romantic suspense novel by an internationally bestselling author

It's not like he was brewing them in his own basement.” “No, Kelly wasn't much
good at chemistry,” Teresa said. ... “If that's true, then he may have maintained his
business relationship with the connection he used thirteen years ago.” Teresa ...

Author: Jayne Ann Krentz

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780349401560

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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'A spine-tingling tale of a small town harbouring deadly secrets. With humour, stunning suspense and romance: River Road is a complete page-turner' Booklist (starred) It's been thirteen years since Lucy Sheridan was in Summer River . . . Her last visit there - as a teenager - had ended in embarrassment, when the boy she had a crush on dragged her away from a wild party. She'd never understood his urgency, nor why her punishment from her family seemed so much worse than her crime. Now Lucy is learning there was more to the story than she realized at the time. Mason Fletcher had saved her from a very nasty crime that night - and soon afterward, Tristan - the cold-blooded rich kid who'd targeted her - disappeared mysteriously, his body never found. A lot has changed in thirteen years . . . Lucy now works for a private investigation firm as a forensic genealogist, while Mason has quit the police force to run a successful security firm with his brother. Even Summer River has changed, from a sleepy farm town into a trendy upscale spot in California's wine country. But one man has stayed the same Mason is still a protector at heart. And when he and Lucy make a shocking discovery, Mason's quietly fierce instincts kick into gear. He saved Lucy once, and he'll save her again. But this time, she insists on playing a role in her own rescue . . . 'Along with Nora Roberts, Krentz is one of the most reliably satisfying writers in publishing' Sunday Times

Do You Have the Aptitude Personality to Be a Popular Author

It shows how a love story intertwines with a historical novel that can be both a
social history, romance novel, and historical ... Within each chapter you'll have
one scene of interaction between two characters or a character and his or her
family and one action scene. ... but talk or all odd-numbered chapters where
characters don't speak to each other and just travel the roads or sail the seas or
fight the wars.

Author: Anne Hart

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781440125201

Category: Reference

Page: 264

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Are you best-suited to be a historical novelist, mystery writer, short story sprinter, digital interactive story writer on ancient civilizations, a nonfiction writer, or an author of thrillers using historical settings or universal themes? Do you think like a fiction writer, investigative journalist, or an imaginative, creative nonfiction author writing biography in the style of genre or mainstream fiction? Enhance your creativity. How are you going to clarify and resolve the issues, problems, or situations in your plot by the way your characters behave to move the action forward? How do you get measurable results when writing fiction or creative nonfiction? Consider what steps you show to reveal how your story is resolved by the characters. This also is known as the dénouement. Dénouement as it applies to a short story or novel is the final resolution. It's your clarification of a dramatic or narrative plot. What category of dénouement will your characters take to move the plot forward? Take the writing style preference classifier and find out how you approach your favorite writing style using facts and acts. Which genre is for you--interactive, traditional, creative nonfiction, fiction, decisive or investigative? Would you rather write for readers that need to interact with their own story endings or plot branches? Which style best fits you? What's your writing profile? Enjoy this ancient echoes writing genre interest, personality, and aptitude classifier and see the various ways in which way you can be more creative. There are 35 questions seven questions for each of the five pairs. There are 10 choices, five assessments and a section on how to write a novel/story/script by developing depth of character that drives your plot.

Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies

Here are two standard formats for a novel outline: ✓ Using a string of short scene
and chapter summaries, essentially writing a very long synopsis (formal story ... (
See Chapter 5 for an in-depth discussion of character arc and Chapter 6 for info
on the relationship between main plots and subplots.) ... In the beginning, the
main character reveals her great desire, and a catalyst sets her on her journey. In
the ...

Author: Deborah Halverson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118092903

Category: Reference

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Your hands-on, friendly guide to writing young adult fiction With young adult book sales rising, and bestselling authors like J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer exploding onto the scene, aspiring YA writers are more numerous than ever. Are you interested in writing a young adult novel, but aren't sure how to fit the style that appeals to young readers? Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies gives you tricks of the trade and proven tips on all the steps to write a YA book, from developing an idea to publication. Unique writing exercises to help you find your own authentic teen voice Tips to avoid when submitting manuscripts How to break into the flourishing young adult market With the help of this step-by-step guide, you'll have all the skills to write an inspiring and marketable young adult novel.

Tokyo in Transit

Japanese Culture on the Rails and Road Alisa Freedman ... the three types of
trains all appear in the first three chapters, the part of the novel in which the
relationships between the characters and the primary conflicts are established.
sanshirō ...

Author: Alisa Freedman

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804778572

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 352

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Increased use of mass transportation in the early twentieth century enabled men and women of different social classes to interact in ways they had not before. Using a cultural studies approach that combines historical research and literary analysis, author Alisa Freedman investigates fictional, journalistic, and popular culture depictions of how mass transportation changed prewar Tokyo's social fabric and artistic movements, giving rise to gender roles that have come to characterize modern Japan. Freedman persuasively argues that, through descriptions of trains and buses, stations, transport workers, and passengers, Japanese authors responded to contradictions in Tokyo's urban modernity and exposed the effects of rapid change on the individual. She shines a light on how prewar transport culture anticipates what is fascinating and frustrating about Tokyo today, providing insight into how people make themselves at home in the city. An approachable and enjoyable book, Tokyo in Transit offers an exciting ride through modern Japanese literature and culture, and includes the first English translation of Kawabata Yasunari's The Corpse Introducer, a 1929 crime novella that presents an important new side of its Nobel Prizewinning author.