The New Book of Plots

This is such a book. Loren Niemi takes storytelling, one of the oldest arts, to a new and brighter place.

Author: Loren Niemi

Publisher: Parkhurst Brothers Incorporated Pub

ISBN: 1935166638

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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In the space of the thirty-some years I have called myself a storyteller, the balance of what I tell has shifted from children''s stories and traditional folk and fairy tales told in schools, churches, and community centers to stories drawn directly from my own experiences. But I also understand that by adapting and re-imagining traditional folk and fairy tale material, you can provide a point of entry for contemporary listeners to experience, as psychologist Bruno Bettelheim has suggested in his book The Uses of Enchantment, the continuing power of the old stories to speak to the imagination and heart. Wanting to make a connection between the older stories and our existential circumstance, I sought to re-interpret folk and fairy tales by placing them in a more contemporary context. The confusing Black Forest of the Brothers Grimm became the crowded shopping mall. Rapunzel''s mother sought a more familiar drug than the painkilling herbs of the witch''s garden. I also created stories that were in the style of the older folk and fairy tales. One featured a lowly cucumber plant that, after consuming radioactive water and junk-food compost, became the glowing, green Godzilla of pickles. Another featured a boy named Jack, who found fame and fortune racing inner-city cockroaches. In creating and performing original stories and reimagined folk tales, as well as teaching stories to students of all ages, it has become clear to me that how we tell the story, as much as why, is at the very heart of the art. By "how," I do not mean how we use voice and gesture, etc., but how we organize stories to get across their meanings to an audience. There are two central facts at the heart of the oral story. The first is that it begins when the teller begins and ends when the teller ends it, though I could argue that it actually ends when the audience dismisses it. This is fundamentally different from the written story, where a reader can go back and read the same words again. With the spoken word, we are in the moment. Even if we could ask the teller to go back and say something again, the very act of asking would alter the way in which the information is conveyed to us. This leads directly to the second basic fact: the act of telling is an expression of the relationship of the teller to the audience. We always tell to someone, even if it is to ourselves. It is incumbent upon us to recognize that the choice we make about how we tell a story to a given audience is as much about our understanding of who that audience is as it is about what we are saying to the audience. It is this crucial understanding of how the narrative is shaped and the choices we make as tellers to share a particular version of a story with a particular audience that I wish to explore with you. Whether we are working with a live audience in performance or with an imagined one while typing away on our laptops, the creation of compelling fiction and non-fiction begins with how to frame the story. This book is for storytellers and would-be storytellers, whether you call yourself a writer, minister, politician, journalist, lawyer, teacher, therapist, or street-corner b.s.''er. Whatever the name, the benefit you derive from the application of this material to your creative process will come from understanding how narrative is shaped and making conscious decisions about shaping that narrative content. This book was developed in workshops and classes I''ve conducted with storytellers and writers since 1986. In the course of those years, this teaching practice has refined my thinking and improved my ability to help participants discover new approaches to creating powerful, authentic, and entertaining stories. Much of what I say will be framed around the creation of stories as oral performance, but the concepts and exercises I suggest apply to written material as well. Whether the stories are oral or written, this book is about three things: the choice of an appropriate narrative form to provide the story''s structure, the choice of an appropriate point of view and timeframe to support the story''s emotional arc, and how those choices help or hinder the transmission of the meaning of the story to an audience.

The Book of Plots

A starting point for writers and storytellers learning to understand and craft engaging narratives, this volume examines ten useful plot forms, and provides samples of how they are constructed and exercises for the development of original ...

Author: Loren Niemi

Publisher: Aeon Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 1595264094

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 212

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The Seven Basic Plots

But this is only the prelude to an investigation into how and why we are 'programmed' to imagine stories in these ways, and how they relate to the inmost patterns of human psychology.

Author: Christopher Booker

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781441116512

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 736

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This remarkable and monumental book at last provides a comprehensive answer to the age-old riddle of whether there are only a small number of 'basic stories' in the world. Using a wealth of examples, from ancient myths and folk tales via the plays and novels of great literature to the popular movies and TV soap operas of today, it shows that there are seven archetypal themes which recur throughout every kind of storytelling. But this is only the prelude to an investigation into how and why we are 'programmed' to imagine stories in these ways, and how they relate to the inmost patterns of human psychology. Drawing on a vast array of examples, from Proust to detective stories, from the Marquis de Sade to E.T., Christopher Booker then leads us through the extraordinary changes in the nature of storytelling over the past 200 years, and why so many stories have 'lost the plot' by losing touch with their underlying archetypal purpose. Booker analyses why evolution has given us the need to tell stories and illustrates how storytelling has provided a uniquely revealing mirror to mankind's psychological development over the past 5000 years. This seminal book opens up in an entirely new way our understanding of the real purpose storytelling plays in our lives, and will be a talking point for years to come.

A Book of Operas Their Histories Their Plots and Their Music

It is an amusing illustration of how the whirligig of time brings its revenges that the
spirit of verismo, masquerading as a desire for historical accuracy, has restored
the period of the Dumas book—that is, restored it in name, but not in fact—with ...

Author: Henry Edward Krehbiel

Publisher: Good Press

ISBN: EAN:4057664605139

Category: Fiction

Page: 279

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"A Book of Operas: Their Histories, Their Plots, and Their Music" by Henry Edward Krehbiel. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Finding the Plot

Finding the Plot both explores and helps to redress this critical neglect. The book brings together an international group of scholars to address the nature, effects and specific pleasures of consuming stories.

Author: Diana Holmes

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443865449

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 345

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“Plot”, writes Peter Brooks, “is so basic to our very experience of reading, and indeed to our articulation of experience in general, that criticism has often passed it over in silence…” (Reading for the Plot, xi). Finding the Plot both explores and helps to redress this critical neglect. The book brings together an international group of scholars to address the nature, effects and specific pleasures of consuming stories. If the central focus is on France and popular literary fiction, the book’s scope – like contemporary fiction itself – observes no national frontiers, and extends across a variety of media. The book addresses both the empirical question of which genres and types of text have been and are most “popular”, and the theoretical questions of how plots work, what pleasures they offer to readers, and why it matters that the plot should not be lost.

Reading for the Plot

A book which should appeal to both literary theorists and to readers of the novel, this study invites the reader to consider how the plot reflects the patterns of human destiny and seeks to impose a new meaning on life.

Author: Peter Brooks

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674748921

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 363

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A book which should appeal to both literary theorists and to readers of the novel, this study invites the reader to consider how the plot reflects the patterns of human destiny and seeks to impose a new meaning on life.

Plotto

This Norton Creek Edition is an exact reproduction of Cook's work.

Author: William Wallace Cook

Publisher: Norton Creek Press

ISBN: 9780981928470

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 308

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Have you struggled to expand your initial idea into a complete story? Plotting can be frustrating work! What if there were a tool for this very problem, so you could navigate these uncharted waters as quickly as possible? A tool that starts with what you have (a situation, perhaps, or a group of characters) and sets you on the road to new possibilities? Plotto does all this. Created by a master of organized creativity, William Wallace Cook (one of the most prolific writers in history), Plotto has been prized by professional authors and screenwriters since its publication in 1928, and is still in demand today, with copies of the original edition selling for up to $400. This Norton Creek Edition is an exact reproduction of Cook's work. To keep the book down to a manageable size (300 pages of very small type) while retaining its powerful features, Cook uses a telegraphic format that takes some getting used to, so working your way carefully through the introduction and its examples is the key to professional-quality results. Because Plotto was written in the Twenties, its situations can seem old-fashioned and its terminology politically incorrect, but these problems are more apparent than real. Cook himself wrote both westerns and early classics of science fiction, so you see how replacing stagecoach with star ship or dance hall girl with male stripper are within the reach of anyone using the Plotto system, and, in fact, this kind of substitution is how the book is intended to be used, and is the key to its flexibility and enduring popularity.

The Plots Against Hitler

Paul Staniland studies this phenomenon in detail in his new book, Networks of
Rebellion: Explaining Insurgent Cohesion and Collapse (Ithaca, NY: Cornell
University Press, 2014), p. 9. the SS and the Gestapo were not allowed:
Jacobsen, ...

Author: Danny Orbach

Publisher: Eamon Dolan Books

ISBN: 9780544714434

Category: Anti-Nazi movement

Page: 406

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A new and definitive account of the anti-Nazi underground in Germany and its numerous efforts to assassinate Adolf Hitler In 1933, Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. A year later, all parties but the Nazis had been outlawed, freedom of the press was but a memory, and Hitler's dominance seemed complete. Yet over the next few years, an unlikely clutch of conspirators emerged - soldiers, schoolteachers, politicians, diplomats, theologians, even a carpenter - who would try repeatedly to end the Fuhrer's genocidal reign. This dramatic and deeply researched book tells the full story of those noble, ingenious, and doomed efforts. This is history at its most suspenseful, as we witness secret midnight meetings, crises of conscience, fierce debates among old friends about whether and how to dismantle Nazism, and the various plots themselves being devised and executed. Orbach's fresh research takes advantage of his singular skills as linguist and historian to offer profound insight into the conspirators' methods, motivations, fears, and hopes. Though we know how this story ends, we've had no idea until now how close it came - several times - to ending very differently. The Plots Against Hitler fundamentally alters our view of World War II and sheds bright - even redemptive - light on its darkest days.

Foreign Agriculture

Private Plot Farming Keeps Foothold in Soviet Agriculture New Book Describes
Rockefeller Foundation Work in Mexico. Rail transportation — which moves
about 95 percent of e fertilizer shipped from plants to farms — has been a
ittleneck to ...

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Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015038780709

Category: Agriculture

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Darwin s Plots

New edition of highly acclaimed book examining Darwin's work in a literary/cultural context.

Author: Gillian Beer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521783925

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 277

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New edition of highly acclaimed book examining Darwin's work in a literary/cultural context.

National Plots

Critical evaluation of these works sheds light on the complexity of these depictions.

Author: Andrea Cabajsky

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

ISBN: 9781554581610

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 276

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Fiction that reconsiders, challenges, reshapes, and/or upholds national narratives of history has long been an integral aspect of Canadian literature. Works by writers of historical fiction (from early practitioners such as John Richardson to contemporary figures such as Alice Munro and George Elliott Clarke) propose new views and understandings of Canadian history and individual relationships to it. Critical evaluation of these works sheds light on the complexity of these depictions. The contributors in National Plots: Historical Fiction and Changing Ideas of Canada critically examine texts with subject matter ranging from George Vancouver’s west coast explorations to the eradication of the Beothuk in Newfoundland. Reflecting diverse methodologies and theoretical approaches, the essays seek to explicate depictions of “the historical” in individual texts and to explore larger questions relating to historical fiction as a genre with complex and divergent political motivations and goals. Although the topics of the essays vary widely, as a whole the collection raises (and answers) questions about the significance of the roles historical fiction has played within Canadian culture for nearly two centuries.

Doubled Plots

In this collection of essays, however, the writers challenge these basic assumptions and consider the two as parallel and as reflections of each other.

Author:

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1604736119

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ggplot2

This new edition to the classic book by ggplot2 creator Hadley Wickham highlights compatibility with knitr and RStudio. ggplot2 is a data visualization package for R that helps users create data graphics, including those that are multi ...

Author: Hadley Wickham

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319242774

Category: Computers

Page: 260

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This new edition to the classic book by ggplot2 creator Hadley Wickham highlights compatibility with knitr and RStudio. ggplot2 is a data visualization package for R that helps users create data graphics, including those that are multi-layered, with ease. With ggplot2, it's easy to: produce handsome, publication-quality plots with automatic legends created from the plot specification superimpose multiple layers (points, lines, maps, tiles, box plots) from different data sources with automatically adjusted common scales add customizable smoothers that use powerful modeling capabilities of R, such as loess, linear models, generalized additive models, and robust regression save any ggplot2 plot (or part thereof) for later modification or reuse create custom themes that capture in-house or journal style requirements and that can easily be applied to multiple plots approach a graph from a visual perspective, thinking about how each component of the data is represented on the final plot This book will be useful to everyone who has struggled with displaying data in an informative and attractive way. Some basic knowledge of R is necessary (e.g., importing data into R). ggplot2 is a mini-language specifically tailored for producing graphics, and you'll learn everything you need in the book. After reading this book you'll be able to produce graphics customized precisely for your problems, and you'll find it easy to get graphics out of your head and on to the screen or page.

A New Universal Etymological Technological and Pronouncing Dictionary of the English Language Embracing All the Terms Used in Science Literature and Art

The fruit of the surement from the field - book . Plotting scale , a genus Prunus , of
which there are many varieties ; mathematical instrument used in setting off the a
dried grape or raisin ; the sum of one hundred lengths of lines in surveying .

Author: John CRAIG (F.G.S.)

Publisher:

ISBN: BL:A0022508590

Category: English language

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A New Universal Technological Etymological and Pronouncing Dictionary of the English Language Embracing All the Terms Used in Art Science and Literature

The fruit of the surement from the field - book . Plotting scale , a genus Prunus , of
which there are many varieties ; mathematical instrument used in setting off the a
dried grape or raisin ; the sum of one hundred lengths of lines in surveying .

Author: John Craig (F.G.S. of Glasgow.)

Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:32044100036862

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Thursday Next in The Well of Lost Plots

This time it read , Enhanced Features . “ Firstly , UltraWordTM is wholly reverse
compatible with all existing novels , plays and poetry . Furthermore , new books
written with this system will offer bonus features that will enhance and delight .

Author: Jasper Fforde

Publisher: Viking Adult

ISBN: UVA:X004684659

Category: Books and reading

Page: 375

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Exhausted by her stint as Miss Havisham's apprentice at Jurisfiction, Thursday Next is delighted by a respite in the Character Exchange Program in the Well of Lost Plots, a place filled with linguistic chaos, lousy books, and a murderer.

Garden Plots

The term 'plots' is a keyword in this approach. It refers to garden plots, literary plots, and more generally, the plotting that is political, polemical, and subversive.

Author: Shelley Saguaro

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 0754637530

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 249

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Focusing on a range of twentieth-century texts and including relevant twenty-first century writing, Garden Plots explores the ways in which gardens in fiction represent more than just a familiar theme. Bound up with wider aesthetic and ideological issues, gardens, like literary forms, are subject to transformations. The term 'plots' is a keyword in this approach. It refers to garden plots, literary plots, and more generally, the plotting that is political, polemical, and subversive. Each of the six chapters includes four texts that are familiar and representative. Authors include Virginia Woolf, Eudora Welty, Carol Shields, J. M. Coetzee, Toni Morrison, Leslie Marmon Silko, Jamaica Kincaid, and Philip K. Dick.

Acts of Naming

His analysis also treats additional works by Cooper, Brontë, Hawthorne, Eliot, Twain, Conrad, and Faulkner, extending the concept of the naming plot to reimagine the traditions of the novel, comparing American and British plots, female and ...

Author: Michael Ragussis

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195364872

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 278

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Michael Ragussis re-reads the novelistic tradition by arguing the acts of naming--bestowing, revealing, or earning a name; taking away, hiding, or prohibiting a name; slandering, or protecting and serving it--lie at the center of fictional plots from the 18th century to the present. Against the background of philosophic approaches to naming, Acts of Naming reveals the ways in which systems of naming are used to appropriate characters in novels as diverse as Clarissa, Fanny Hill, Oliver Twist, Pierre, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Remembrance of Things Past, and Lolita, and identifies unnaming and renaming as the locus of power in the family's plot to control the child, and more particularly, to rape the daughter. His analysis also treats additional works by Cooper, Brontë, Hawthorne, Eliot, Twain, Conrad, and Faulkner, extending the concept of the naming plot to reimagine the traditions of the novel, comparing American and British plots, female and male plots, inheritance and seduction plots, and so on. Acts of Naming ends with a theoretical exploration of the "magical" power of naming in different eras and in different, even competing, forms of discourse.

The New World and the New Book

An Address, Delivered Before the Nineteenth Century Club of New York City, Ja.
15, 1891; with Kindred Essays Thomas Wentworth Higginson. Much of this
applies , of course , to character as well as to plot . The seeming contradictions in
the ...

Author: Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Publisher:

ISBN: PSU:000006191382

Category:

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