The Stuff of Fiction

In this book, prizewinning novelist and popular creative writing instructor Douglas Bauer (The Book of Famous Iowans) shares the secrets of his trade.

Author: Douglas Bauer

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472031538

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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In this book, prizewinning novelist and popular creative writing instructor Douglas Bauer (The Book of Famous Iowans) shares the secrets of his trade. Talent, as Bauer acknowledges, is the most crucial element for a writer and cannot be taught. But without a regular habit of work, and a perseverance of effort, no amount of talent can come forward and be recognized. His lively and candid essays on subjects critical to the fiction writer’s success demystify the essential elements of fiction writing, how they work, and work together. Bauer’s focus is on the building blocks of successful fiction: dialogue (the intimate relationship between characters talking and the eavesdropping reader), characters (the virtues of creating fictional characters that are both splendidly flawed and sympathetic), and dramatic events (ways to create moments that produce an emotional and psychological impact). There are also chapters on crafting effective openings and memorable closings of stories and on the vital presence of sentiment in fiction versus the ruinous effect of sentimentality. By assuming the point of view of someone at the task, engaged with the work, inside the effort to bring an invented world to life, The Stuff of Fiction speaks to writers of all ages in a pleasurable yet practical voice. Douglas Bauer is the author of three novels, Dexterity, The Very Air, and The Book of Famous Iowans, and one book of nonfiction, Prairie City, Iowa. He is also a core faculty member with the MFA Program at Bennington College and has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Massachusetts Artists Foundation grant, and two Harvard Danforth Excellence in Teaching Citations.

Fact and Fiction

Futural fictions Similarly to the case with representations of the past, different sorts of fictionality have to be ... on an arbitrary positing process, indeed that it is made from the stuff of fiction with no empirical correspondence.

Author: Albrecht Koschorke

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110384123

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 358

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How can we develop a cultural theory starting with the basic insight that human beings are "storytelling animals"? Within literary studies, narratology is a highly developed field. However, literary historians have not paid much attention to the large and small stories abounding in everyday discourse, guiding all kinds of social activity, and providing common ground for whole societies—but also fueling controversies and hostilities. Moreover, "narrative" is not only a scholarly category but has come into use in many fields of social activity as a tool for cultural self-fashioning. This book is based on the assumption that to a large extent, social dynamics is modeled in an aesthetic manner via narratives. It explores the narrative organization of cultural spaces and time-frames, the mythological shaping of communities and adversaries, and the co-production of narratives and institutions aimed at stabilizing social life. In this framework, the epistemological problem looms large of how an instrument as unreliable as narrative can participate in the creation of a social consensus regarding truth. This problem endows the general topics explored in this book with a particularly contemporary dimension.

Bootlegger of the Soul

When this happened to me—over the objection of my second self, which had always wanted to be a daily columnist until the seductive muse of fiction took command of my pencil—i contemplated the new condition, especially what h. l. mencken ...

Author: Suzanne Lance

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438473314

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 352

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A celebration of the Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist who put Albany on the world’s literary map. Award-winning novelist William Kennedy is perhaps best known for his Albany Cycle, a series of novels that put Albany on the world’s literary map alongside James Joyce’s Dublin, Gabriel García Márquez’s Macondo, and William Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County. Bootlegger of the Soul offers a fresh and authoritative overview of Kennedy’s long literary career and his astonishing trajectory from journalist to struggling novelist to Pulitzer Prize winner. Included here are reviews, interviews, and scholarly essays on Kennedy’s work, as well as essays, speeches, a play, and a short story by the author himself, together with more than fifty historical and personal photographs. Lively, readable, and brimming with the infectious wit and lyrical prose that animates Kennedy’s novels, Bootlegger of the Soul is a celebration of a writer still working hard at his craft at age ninety. “There are no dead sentences in [Kennedy’s] work. His language is vigorous, full of energy He’s just a pure writer.” — Saul Bellow “William Kennedy’s cycle of Albany novels may be one of the most exuberant literary feats of the past half-century.” — Colum McCann “Kennedy’s art is an eccentric triumph, a quirky, risk-taking imagination at play upon the solid paving stones, the breweries, the politicos, and pool sharks of an all-too-actual city.” — Thomas Flanagan

Fictional Space in the Modernist and Post modernist American Novel

What is particularly postmodernist about contemporary instances of this device is their tendency to treat the stuff of fiction and its enabling codes in a flippant or parodic manner . An examination of the author's treatment of ...

Author: Carl Darryl Malmgren

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

ISBN: 0838750672

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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Fictional space is the imaginal expanse of field created by fictional discourse; a space which, through ultimately self-referential and self-validating, necessarily exists in ascertainable relation to the real world outside the text. After defining his theoretical framework the author applies it to American fiction of the twentieth century.

The 20 best novels of thailand

is no excuse: verisimilitude, the stuff of fiction, is not truth, merely its appearance; happenstance is part of real life, yet artificial in fiction if unannounced. It is the author's job to make the erratic, the fortuitous, ...

Author: Marcel Barang

Publisher: Thaifiction Publishing

ISBN: 9782363820495

Category: Fiction

Page: 424

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Everything you need to know about Thai literature, from its origins to Thai fiction today. Literary criteria used in the selection of the 20 best novels of the last century, from The circus of life to The white shadow: plots – excerpts – critical assessment. Biographies of their 18 authors, from Arkartdamkeung Rapheephat to Saneh Sangsuk.

Changing the Story

Yet these novels do speak " something new " into existence , naming not only the housewife's malaise but also ... This is not the stuff of fiction , " says Mira of The Women's Room : " It has no shape , it hasn't the balances so ...

Author: Gayle Greene

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253206723

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 302

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The feminist fiction movement of the 1960s-1980s was and is as significant a movement as Modernism, Greene argues here. Focusing on the metafiction of Doris Lessing, Margaret Drabble, Margaret Atwood, and Margaret Laurence, she traces the roots of this feminist literary explosion to the second women's movement and places these writers within a sociohistorical matrix, and at the same time creates a new literary canon. Greene also speculates on the future of feminist fiction in the current regressive period of edition (unseen), $17.50. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Thanks But This Isn t for Us

Even if your antics are more scandalous than those of Britney and Paris, or you're in more hot water than Russell Crowe, trust me, your life is rarely the stuff of fiction. Fiction is bigger than life and fictional characters are in a ...

Author: Jessica Page Morrell

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101135532

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 368

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A fun, practical guide that reveals the essentials of good fiction and memoir writing by exposing the most common mistakes literary writers make. All great works of fiction and memoir are unique-but most bad novels, stories, and memoirs have a lot in common. From clunky dialogue to poorly sketchedout characters, sagging pacing to exaggerated prose, these beginners' mistakes drive any agent or editor to their stock rejection letter, telling the aspiring writer "Thanks, but this isn't for us," and leaving many to wonder what exactly it is that they're doing wrong. Veteran writing coach, developmental editor, and writing instructor Jessica Page Morrell will fill in the gaps in every rejection letter you've ever received. In Thanks, But This Isn't for Us, Morrell uses her years of experience to isolate the specific errors beginners make, including the pitfalls of unrealistic dialogue, failing to "show, not tell," and over-the-top plot twists. These are just a few of the problems that keep writers from breaking through with their work. Sympathetic and humane, but pulling no punches, Thanks, But This Isn't for Us shows writers precisely where they've gone wrong and how to get on the right track. In sixteen to-the-point chapters, with checklists, exercises, takeaway tips, and a glossary, Morrell helps readers transcend these mistakes so that they don't have to learn the hard way: with another rejection letter.

The Book of Famous Iowans

A tale of memory and hero worship and the restless pulse of longing, The Book of Famous Iowans examines those forces that define not only a state made up of a physical geography, but more important, those states of the wholly human spirit.

Author: Douglas Bauer

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 9781609382667

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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Will Vaughn, a man of late middle age living in Chicago with his second wife, remembers the month of June 1957 in his hometown, the rural village of New Holland, Iowa. More precisely, Will remembers just a few days of that month and the quick sequence of astonishing events that have colored, ever since, the logic of his heart and the moods of his mind. He tells of his stunningly beautiful young mother, Leanne, who liked to recall the years of the Second World War, during which she sang with a dance band in a lounge in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He tells too of his father, Lewis, a soldier in the war who one night saw the “resplendently sequined” Leanne step onstage and began at that instant to plot his courtship of her. But mostly what Will summons up in his intimate remembrance are those few catastrophic days in early June when he was “three months shy of twelve,” more than a decade after his parents have married and returned to the Vaughns’ home place, where Lewis farms his family’s land. For it is during those days that Leanne’s affair with a local man named Bobby Markum becomes known—first to Lewis and then, in a fiercely dramatic public confrontation, to young Will, to his beloved Grandmother Vaughn, and by nightfall to all the citizens of the town. The knowledge of such scandal, in so small a place, sets off a series of highly charged reactions, vivid consequences that surely determine the fates of every member of this unforgettable family. A tale of memory and hero worship and the restless pulse of longing, The Book of Famous Iowans examines those forces that define not only a state made up of a physical geography, but more important, those states of the wholly human spirit.

The Real and the Sacred

In “Jesus Christ in Flanders,” the tale that the narrator ostensibly retells is, in fact, the stuff of fiction; beyond Balzac's text, Jesus's Flemish visit has no independent status as either history or oral tradition.

Author: Jefferson J Gatrall

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472119325

Category: History

Page: 306

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A cultural history of representations of Jesus in nineteenth-century European and American fiction and visual art

Books Into Film

Frequently, it wasn't. In the 60-plus essays collected in Books into Film, Robin H. Smiley explores the creative process that puts words together into a book, then translates those words into speech and image and action on film.

Author: Robin H. Smiley

Publisher:

ISBN: 0972250336

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 275

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From the beginning, the movie industry has looked to literature for source material. Many of the Twentieth century's finest writers were brought to the movie-making centers -- especially Hollywood -- to adapt their own books into screenplays. More often, another writer or writers would be given the assignment of turning a book into a workable film script. Sometimes the result was a creative leap that expanded and illuminated the original work. Frequently, it wasn't. In the 60-plus essays collected in Books into Film, Robin H. Smiley explores the creative process that puts words together into a book, then translates those words into speech and image and action on film. Drawing upon his experience as a writer and screenwriter and a lifelong student and fan of the movies, the author thoughtfully considers a wide range of books -- from high comedy to darkest noir, from science fiction to melodrama -- and the films made from them. Book jacket.

A Surfeit of Guns

As P.F. Chisholm, nom de plume of author Patricia Finney, notes in her Introduction, to each Poisoned Pen Press edition, Carey is a real historical character whose life was itself the stuff of fiction.

Author: P.F. Chisholm

Publisher: Head of Zeus Ltd

ISBN: 9781784978587

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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Sir Robert Carey took up his northern post as Warden of the West March in order to escape the complications of creditors and court life. However the dashing Carey, possibly a cousin of the Queen, merely trades one set of troubles for another. One black night in 1592, Carey is on night patrol along the unsettled border anchored by the garrison in Carlisle. It's a disaster. First, there's the fugitive he has to hand over to the warring Scots. Next come Wee Colin Elliot's sheep stealers. And then a gun explodes and takes off the hand of one of Carey's men. Back in Carlisle, Carey soon learns more faulty guns lie in the armoury in place of the sound weapons shipped in from Newcastle only last week. When these explosive deathtraps are stolen, he sets off in pursuit of both batches of guns – and the thieves. The search ends in Dumfries where King James VI of Scotland – potentially King James I of England when his cousin Elizabeth dies – and his raucous court have assembled. James is as dissolute as ever, lovely Lady Elizabeth Widdrington, Carey's true love, is still shackled to her husband, and seductive Signora Bonnetti takes a serious interest in Carey and in the missing guns. Will the frustrated courtier be gallant enough to flirt with the Signora – and with treason?

Guns in the North

As P.F. Chisholm, nom de plume of author Patricia Finney, has previously noted, Carey is a real historical character whose life was itself the stuff of fiction. He's a natural to be the hero of a book, or books, ...

Author: P.F. Chisholm

Publisher: Head of Zeus Ltd

ISBN: 9781786696168

Category: Fiction

Page: 912

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1592. Robert Carey, eighth son of Lord Hunsdon, has – to his servants' dismay – abandoned Queen Elizabeth I's court and is heading north to take up the post of Deputy Warden of the English West March, a lawless badlands, peopled by cattle-rustlers, horse-thieves, arsonists, kidnappers and murderers created by centuries of Anglo-Scottish conflict. Carey, in his lace-collared, pearl-sashed courtly finery, will be expected to bring order to this bloody flux. Plunging readers straight into the raucous world of late sixteenth-century border reivers and unfettered Elizabethan intrigue, Guns in the North, the first chronicle of Sir Robert Carey's adventures, collecting the novels A Famine of Horses, A Season of Knives and A Surfeit of Guns under one volume. A Famine of Horses © 1994. A Season of Knives © 1995. A Surfeit of Guns © 1996.

Native Speakers

Just as Their Eyes Were Watching God and Waterlily call into question the epistemological limits of Western knowingness in their representation of ethnographic “data” as the stuff of fiction, Caballero's figuration of history and ...

Author: María Eugenia Cotera

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292718685

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 286

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In the early twentieth century, three women of color helped shape a new world of ethnographic discovery. Ella Cara Deloria, a Sioux woman from South Dakota, Zora Neale Hurston, an African American woman from Florida, and Jovita González, a Mexican American woman from the Texas borderlands, achieved renown in the fields of folklore studies, anthropology, and ethno-linguistics during the 1920s and 1930s. While all three collaborated with leading male intellectuals in these disciplines to produce innovative ethnographic accounts of their own communities, they also turned away from ethnographic meaning making at key points in their careers and explored the realm of storytelling through vivid mixed-genre novels centred on the lives of women. In this book, Cotera offers an intellectual history situated in the "borderlands" between conventional accounts of anthropology, women's history, and African American, Mexican American and Native American intellectual genealogies. At its core is also a meditation on what it means to draw three women--from disparate though nevertheless interconnected histories of marginalization--into conversation with one another. Can such a conversation reveal a shared history that has been erased due to institutional racism, sexism, and simple neglect? Is there a mode of comparative reading that can explore their points of connection even as it remains attentive to their differences? These are the questions at the core of this book, which offers not only a corrective history centred on the lives of women of colour intellectuals, but also a methodology for comparative analysis shaped by their visions of the world.

The Stuff of Thought

He also explores the emotional impact of language, from names to swear words, and shows us the full power that it can have over us. And, with this book, he also shows just how stimulating and entertaining language can be.

Author: Steven Pinker

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141921075

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 512

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The Stuff of Thought is an exhilarating work of non-fiction. Surprising, thought-provoking and incredibly enjoyable, there is no other book like it - Steven Pinker will revolutionise the way you think about language. He analyses what words actually mean and how we use them, and he reveals what this can tell us about ourselves. He shows how we use space and motion as metaphors for more abstract ideas, and uncovers the deeper structures of human thought that have been shaped by evolutionary history. He also explores the emotional impact of language, from names to swear words, and shows us the full power that it can have over us. And, with this book, he also shows just how stimulating and entertaining language can be.

Virginia Woolf and Bloomsbury

But I should like to point out some exceptions to this rule, Geoffrey Hartman in 'Virginia's Web' and J. Hillis Miller's reaffirmation of its argument in Fiction and Repetition.” Aside from the absence of references to feminist critics, ...

Author: Jane Marcus

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781349184804

Category: Fiction

Page: 307

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The Science of Science Fiction

This book will open your eyes to the way science fiction helped us dream of things to come, forced us to uncover the nature and limits of our own reality, and helped us build the science-fiction-driven world we live in today.”

Author: Mark Brake

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781510739376

Category: Science

Page: 228

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We are the first generation to live in a science fiction world. Media headlines declare this the age of automation. The TV talks about the coming revolution of the robot, tweets tell tales of jets that will ferry travelers to the edge of space, and social media reports that the first human to live for a thousand years has already been born. The science we do, the movies we watch, and the culture we consume is the stuff of fiction that became fact, the future imagined in our past—the future we now inhabit. The Science of Science Fiction is the story of how science fiction shaped our world. No longer a subculture, science fiction has moved into the mainstream with the advent of the information age it helped realize. Explore how science fiction has driven science, with topics that include: Guardians of the Galaxy: Is Space Full of Extraterrestrials? Jacking In: Will the Future Be Like Ready Player One? Mad Max: Is Society Running down into Chaos? The Internet: Will Humans Tire of Mere Reality? Blade Runner 2049: When Will We Engineer Human Lookalikes? And many more! This book will open your eyes to the way science fiction helped us dream of things to come, forced us to explore the nature and limits of our own reality, and aided us in building the future we now inhabit.

The Dreams Our Stuff is Made Of

Traces the development of science fiction from the literary tales of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne into a multi-billion-dollar entertainment industry, and explores its impact on American culture.

Author: Thomas M. Disch

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780684859781

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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Traces the development of science fiction from the literary tales of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne into a multi-billion-dollar entertainment industry, and explores its impact on American culture.

John Fowles

Other characters are similarly created out of the stuff of fiction. When Charles comes across Sarah in the Undercliff for the second time, Emma Bovary's name comes into his mind. Fowles next offers a rare comment on the nature of such ...

Author: James Acheson

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781137244406

Category: Literary Criticism

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John Fowles (1926-2005) has the distinction of being both a best-selling novelist and one whose work has earned the respect of academic critics. This vibrant collection of original essays sheds new critical light on all of Fowles's writings, with a special focus on The French Lieutenant's Woman as the most widely studied of his works. The stellar cast of contributors offers an outstanding range of expertise on Fowles, providing fresh reassessments and new perspectives on his fiction and non-fiction.