Turning Life Into Fiction

The title of this book begs the question : Why turn life into fiction ? Why commit
time and energy to such a task ? Isn ' t life – that amorphous , flowing gradient
comprising inestimable tons of protoplasm – sufficiently beautiful , exciting and ,
well ...

Author: Ernest Hekkanen


ISBN: STANFORD:36105020400227

Category: Analyse du discours narratif

Page: 216

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Fiction Across Borders

Goldberg, Natalie. Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within. Boston:
Shambhala, 1986. Hemley, Robin. Turning Life Into Fiction. Cincinnati, Oh.: Story
Press, 1994. Keyes, Ralph. The Courage to Write: How Writers Transcend Fear.

Author: Shameem Black

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231520614

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 332

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Theorists of Orientalism and postcolonialism argue that novelists betray political and cultural anxieties when characterizing "the Other." Shameem Black takes a different stance. Turning a fresh eye toward several key contemporary novelists, she reveals how "border-crossing" fiction represents socially diverse groups without resorting to stereotype, idealization, or other forms of imaginative constraint. Focusing on the work of J. M. Coetzee, Amitav Ghosh, Jeffrey Eugenides, Ruth Ozeki, Charles Johnson, Gish Jen, and Rupa Bajwa, Black introduces an interpretative lens that captures the ways in which these authors envision an ethics of representing social difference. They not only offer sympathetic portrayals of the lives of others but also detail the processes of imagining social difference. Whether depicting the multilingual worlds of South and Southeast Asia, the exportation of American culture abroad, or the racial tension of postapartheid South Africa, these transcultural representations explore social and political hierarchies in constructive ways. Boldly confronting the orthodoxies of recent literary criticism, Fiction Across Borders builds upon such seminal works as Edward Said's Orientalism and offers a provocative new study of the late twentieth-century novel.

Life and Narrative

... to transform his life experiences into fiction but to write autobiographically: now
he will write Facts, not Fiction. However, Roth is very much aware of the problem
of truth and reliability connected with a narrative project such as turning life into ...

Author: Brian Schiff

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190256678

Category: Psychology

Page: 296

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The challenge of life and literary narrative is the central and perennial mystery of how people encounter, manage, and inhabit a self and a world of their own - and others' - creations. With a nod to the eminent scholar and psychologist Jerome Bruner, Life and Narrative: The Risks and Responsibilities of Storying Experience explores the circulation of meaning between experience and the recounting of that experience to others. A variety of arguments center around the kind of relationship life and narrative share with one another. In this volume, rather than choosing to argue that this relationship is either continuous or discontinuous, editors Brian Schiff, A. Elizabeth McKim, and Sylvie Patron and their contributing authors reject the simple binary and masterfully incorporate a more nuanced approach that has more descriptive appeal and theoretical traction for readers. Exploring such diverse and fascinating topics as 'Narrative and the Law,' 'Narrative Fiction, the Short Story, and Life,' 'The Body as Biography,' and 'The Politics of Memory,' Life and Narrative features important research and perspectives from both up-and-coming researchers and prominent scholars in the field - many of which who are widely acknowledged for moving the needle forward on the study of narrative in their respective disciplines and beyond.

Torpid Smoke

... degree turning life into fiction ? 18 Couturier , Nabokov , 364 ( this quotation
from Couturier and the later one are translations by me from his French ) .
Nabokov discusses the unpublished chapter of Speak , Memory in Selected
Letters , 95 .

Author: Steven G. Kellman

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042007192

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 246

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From the contents: Memory and dream in Nabokov's short fiction (B. Wyllie). - Nabokov's approach to the supernatural in the early stories (J.W. Connoly). - Nabokov's Christmas stories (R.H.W. Dillard). - Art and marriage in Vladimir Nabokov's Music and in Lev Tolstoy's The Kreutzer sonata (N.W. Balestrini). - How they brought the bad news to Mints: Breaking the news (S.G. Kellman). - Alone in the void: Mademoiselle O (J.E. Rivers). - Nabokov's Vasily Shishkov: an author-text interpretation (M.D. Shrayer). - Ville scripts: games of double-crossing in Vladimir Nabokov's The assistant producer (C. Moraru).

The Mess Inside

... this kind of desire is especially pressing when someone needs to come to
terms with a traumatic event in his or her life. ... can manifest itself in
selfdeception: wanting narrative closure, we avoid frustration by turning life into
fiction, where the ...

Author: Peter Goldie

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199230730

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 186

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The notion of narrative is highly topical, and highly contentious, in a wide range of fields including philosophy, psychology and psychoanalysis, historical studies, and literature. Peter Goldie engages with all of these areas of discourse in The Mess Inside. He focuses on the ways in which we think about our lives--our present, our past, and our future--in narrative terms, and steers a path between the sceptics who are dismissive of the idea as havingany worthwhile use at all, and those who argue that our very selfhood is somehow constituted by a narrative. He uses two case studies--on grief and self-forgiveness--to show how we engage with narrative thinking.While Goldie agrees with those who are sceptical about the idea that there is such a thing as a narrative self, he argues that having a narrative sense of self, quite distinct from any metaphysical notion of selfhood, is at the heart of what it is to think of ourselves, and others, as having a narratable past, present, and future.

The Art of Character

Creating Memorable Characters for Fiction, Film, and TV David Corbett. John
Gardner ... —Robin Hemley, awardwinning author of Turning Life into Fiction “As
thoroughan examination of characterand whatit meansasyou'relikely tofind. This
is ...

Author: David Corbett

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101602997

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 416

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Former private investigator and New York Times notable author David Corbett offers a unique and indispensable toolkit for creating characters that come vividly to life on the page and linger in memory. Corbett provides an inventive, inspiring, and vastly entertaining blueprint to all the elements of characterization-from initial inspiration to realization-with special insights into the power of secrets and contradictions, the embodiment of roles, managing the "tyranny of motive," and mastering crucial techniques required for memorable dialogue and unforgettable scenes. This is a how-to guide for both aspiring and accomplished writers that renders all other books of its kind obsolete.

Shanghai Homes

Palimpsests of Private Life Jie Li. of gossip? ... Is it factor fiction, public or private,
frivolous or serious, a tool of the powerful or of the powerless? ... “Gossip, like
novels, is a way of turning life into story,” according to Rachel Brownstein.

Author: Jie Li

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231538176

Category: History

Page: 304

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In the dazzling global metropolis of Shanghai, what has it meant to call this city home? In this account—part microhistory, part memoir—Jie Li salvages intimate recollections by successive generations of inhabitants of two vibrant, culturally mixed Shanghai alleyways from the Republican, Maoist, and post-Mao eras. Exploring three dimensions of private life—territories, artifacts, and gossip—Li re-creates the sounds, smells, look, and feel of home over a tumultuous century. First built by British and Japanese companies in 1915 and 1927, the two homes at the center of this narrative were located in an industrial part of the former "International Settlement." Before their recent demolition, they were nestled in Shanghai's labyrinthine alleyways, which housed more than half of the city's population from the Sino-Japanese War to the Cultural Revolution. Through interviews with her own family members as well as their neighbors, classmates, and co-workers, Li weaves a complex social tapestry reflecting the lived experiences of ordinary people struggling to absorb and adapt to major historical change. These voices include workers, intellectuals, Communists, Nationalists, foreigners, compradors, wives, concubines, and children who all fought for a foothold and haven in this city, witnessing spectacles so full of farce and pathos they could only be whispered as secret histories.

Library Journal

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ISBN: IND:30000046101287

Category: Libraries


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On Paul Ricoeur

... interpretation, in its turn, finds in narrative, among other signs and symbols, a
privileged mediation; this mediation draws on history as much as it does on
fiction, turning the story of a life into a fictional story or a historical fiction,
comparable to ...

Author: David Wood

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134905690

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

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This book examines the later work of Paul Ricoeur, particularly his major work, Time and Narrative . The essays, including three pieces by Ricoeur himself, consider this important study, extending and developing the debate it has inspired. Time and Narrative is the finest example of contemporary philosophical hermeneutics and is one of the most significant works of philosophy published in the late twentieth century. Paul Ricoeur's study of the intertwining of time and narrative proposes and examines the possibility that narrative could remedy a fatal deficiency in any purely phenomenological approach. He analysed both literary and historical writing, from Proust to Braudel, as well as key figures in the history of philosophy: Aristotle, Augustine, Kant, Hegel, Husserl and Heidegger. His own recognition of his limited success in expunging aporia opens onto the positive discovery of the importance of narrative identity, on which Ricoeur writes here. Other contributors take up a range of different topics: Tracing Ricoeur's own philosophical trajectory; reflexively applying the narrative approach to philosophy, or to his own text; reconstructing his dialectic of sedimentati and tradition. An essential companion to Time and Narrative , this collection also provides an excellent introduction to Ricoeur's later work and to contemporary works in philosophical hermeneutics.

Writing Fiction

Also recommended is Dillard ' s Living by Fiction ( New York : Harper , 1982 ) . ...
An excellent resource for turning life ' s situations into seeds for fiction writing ,
this book has an easy style with practical exercises to keep writers moving
forward ...

Author: Janet Burroway

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group

ISBN: UCSC:32106017682672

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 431

View: 976


Earlier. Topics include free-writing to revision, plot, style, characterization, dialogue, atmosphere, imagery, and point of view. An anthology of diverse and contemporary short stories followed by suggestions for discussion and writing exercises, illustrates concepts while offering variety in pacing and exposure to this increasingly popular form. The book also discusses key issues including writing workshops, using autobiography as a basis for fiction, using action in stories, using.


The THE JOY OF WRITING SEX Writing Fiction Ann Copeland The Joy of Writing
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ISBN: UOM:39015051643057

Category: Short stories


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Idea Catcher

99 / 224 pages / paperback Turning Life Into Fiction by Robin Hemley . Writers '
lives , those of their friends and family members , newspaper accounts ,
conversations overheard — these can be the bases for novels and short stories .

Author: Story Press

Publisher: Story Press

ISBN: 1884910203

Category: Reference

Page: 160

View: 390


Writers will find something on every page of this spirited journal to stimulate their senses, spark their imaginations and open their eyes to the creative possibilities in their everyday world. They'll learn to use the rich, surprising sources of inspiration through writing "prompts" and are inspired by short anecdotes about how authors "caught" ideas and insightful quotes from well-known writers. "There are significant moments in everyone's day that can make literature. That's what you ought to write about". -- Raymond Carver "A novelist is a person who lives in other people's skins". -- E.L. Doctorow -- Sit in a quiet room. Describe the silence. -- Write about a pebble being turned into sand by the ocean, from the pebble's viewpoint. -- Think up five knee-knocking names for the vilest of villains. -- Describe the Sandman as an insomniac.

Shakespeare Unbound

Decoding a Hidden Life René Weis ... While translating Stratford names like
Fluellen or indeed Bardolph (or Bardell)from real life into fiction can be done at
the stroke ofapen,turning realcharacters intofictional onesisa very differentmatter.

Author: René Weis

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 9781466855090

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 496

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At last—a key that unlocks the secrets of Shakespeare's life Intimacies with Southampton and Marlowe, entanglements in London with the elusive dark lady, the probable fathering of an illegitimate son—these are among the mysteries of Shakespeare's rich and turbulent life that have proven tantalizingly obscure. Despite an avalanche of recent scholarship, René Weis, an acknowledged authority on the Elizabethan period, believes the links between the bard's life and the poems and plays have been largely ignored. Armed with a wealth of new archival research and his own highly regarded interpretations of the literature, the author finds provocative parallels between Shakespeare's early experiences in the bustling market town of Stratford—including a dangerous poaching incident and contacts with underground Catholics—and the plays. Breaking with tradition, Weis reveals that it is the plays and poems themselves that contain the richest seam of clues about the details of Shakespeare's personal life, at home in Stratford and in the shadowy precincts of theatrical London—details of a code unbroken for four hundred years.

The Fiction Dictionary

Author: Laurie Henry

Publisher: Story Press Books

ISBN: UOM:49015002921964

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 324

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Covers all the relevant terms, past and present, in the language of fiction and fiction writing. Gives full descriptions of terms and uses examples from classic and contemporary fiction to illustrate the terms in play.

Turning Up the Flame

—Philip Roth Among Scholars And Readers Alike An Element Of Controversy
has been that Philip Roth's fiction is often thinly disguised autobiography. ... the
sixties' and seventies' novels were indeed drawn from Roth's young adult life, [
and] that major characters were fictionalizations of ... However, I will discuss the
introduction of certain "facts" and the way they are transformed imaginatively into

Author: Jay L. Halio

Publisher: University of Delaware Press

ISBN: 0874139023

Category: Fiction

Page: 223

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"The time would appear ripe then to take a closer look at Roth's more recent or "later" fiction. That is the intent of this gathering of critical essays. This is the only essay collection devoted primarily to Roth's fiction of the last two decades. It includes fourteen essays, written by some of the leading Roth specialists in this country and abroad."--BOOK JACKET.

Reaching Back

#101 32/$13.99/230 pages/paperback Turning Life Into Fiction — Learn how to
turn your life, those of friends and family members, and newspaper accounts into
fictional novels and short stories. Through insightful commentary and hands-on ...

Author: Alice Z. Chapin

Publisher: North Light Books

ISBN: 155870454X

Category: Reference

Page: 151

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This easy-to-use workbook and keepsake features questions essential for unearthing, recording and treasuring a family's most meaningful moments.

Living Blue in the Red States

He is the author of seven books of fiction and nonfiction , including The Last
Studebaker , The Big Ear and Nola : A Memoir of Faith , Art and Madness . His
most recent books are Turning Life into Fiction ( Graywolf , 2006 ) and Invented
Eden ...

Author: David Starkey

Publisher: Bison Books

ISBN: UOM:39015070693323

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 344

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In the wake of George W. Bush's reelection, a provocative study looks at the goals, values, and attitudes of politically progressive writers living in so-called conservative "red" states, featuring contributions by Jonis Agee, Stephen Corey, Robin Hemley, Lee Martin, David Morrell, and David Romtvedt, who offer an insightful look at American politics and issues. Original.

The German Gothic Novel in Anglo German Perspective

... (1768-1847) whose life and work are reminiscent of the early eighteenth-
century adventurer-novel, once celebrated in ... Gothic context in that he was,
with De Quincey, the only Gothic novelist to turn his own life into a Gothic

Author: Patrick Bridgwater

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789401209922

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 607

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The first full-length study of the main German contributors to the Gothic canon, to each of whom a chapter is devoted, The German Gothic Novel in Anglo-German Perspective is an original historical and comparative study that goes well beyond the necessary review of the evidence to include much new material, many new insights and pieces of analysis, and some fundamental changes of perspective. The book aims to put the record straight in bibliographical and literary historical terms, and to act as a reference guide to facilitate future research, so that anyone working on the German Gothic novel or on Anglo-German interactions in the field of Gothic, will find there references to all the relevant secondary literature. The German Gothic Novel in Anglo-German Perspective is addressed to Germanists, but also to teachers and students of English, American and comparative literature, for there is at present hardly a ‘hotter’ subject than Gothic. The book’s emphasis on the Gothic work of canonical writers should prompt even conservative German Departments to reconsider their attitude to Gothic. Being addressed to scholars and students of German, German quotations are given in German, but English translations are added for the convenience of English and American scholars and students of Gothic, who represent another important section of the books’ target audience.

The Canadian Writer s Market

Turning Life into Fiction , Story Press , Cincinnati , 1994 . Hicks , Wynford .
English for Journalists ( 2nd ed . ) , Routledge , London , 1998 . Hodgins , Jack .
A Passion for Narrative : A Guide for Writing Fiction , McClelland & Stewart ,
Toronto ...

Author: Sandra B. Tooze

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart Limited

ISBN: 0771085257

Category: Reference

Page: 403

View: 932


In the ever-changing and increasingly competitive world of Canadian publishing, this book is an essential tool for the freelance writer. It contains the most comprehensive and up-to-date listings available for: -- consumer magazines -- literary and scholarly journals -- trade, business, and professional publications -- daily newspapers -- book publishers It also includes listings for literary agents, awards, competitions, and grants, and offers practical advice on all aspects of manuscript preparation and marketing. It even contains useful background information on the thorny issues of income tax for the freelancer and copyright and libel law.