3450 Day 2
Web Calendar Readings and Assignments
Canvas assignments for today and Jan. 14

 

Fiction vs. Creative Non-Fiction vs. Prose: Lopate

Lee’s Non-Truisms:

Lyric Essay from Reality Hunger p. 24-25 (not a required text, but I will use it from time to time)…
?Reading Theories: New Criticism

Style
minimalism: Raymond Carver; Basho; Bailey White in creative nonfiction—often avoids adjectives and adverbs, rejects metaphor and exposition; White and Fiction (I made it all up) vs. Creative Nonfiction (but there’s very little I made up; what we are familiar with like sisters); “…one time I had visitors from out of town…” 4:30…she likes to write about spaces…she wanted a nice man in her story, Bob Dickson, an actual pastor at the Methodist Church, the kindest, funniest man…she needed a man like that in her story, so she changed a few things about him…”Almost Gone” Bob Rigsby 8:00 fat (Bob Dickson is not fat)…
vs.
maximalism: Toni Morison and David Foster Wallace in fiction; in Creative Nonfiction-- Annie Dillard and Jeanette Winterson—Why be Happy…(“Not a misery memoir”)—Winterson says the distinction is irrelevant to her…she prefers “authenticity”, nor does she believe “the past is fixed”—“we understand it differently at different points in our life”—maximalism may have more shifting POV, extreme description and metaphor, poetic use of sound play; pieces with stronger voices from uber narrators or first person narrators; more happens “by chance.”  There is more exposition in Creative Nonfiction, or thematic/philosophical
Vs.
David Sedaris is perhaps in the middle: where would you put Santa Land Diaries?  Or Poe Ballantine’s “Totalitarian” Story from the Best 2013?

 

Basics, pacing and...

 

 

Old--Lee's Lecture Notes Day 2: Reading ?Fictional? Aesthetics

Elements of prose/fiction (vocabulary), and thinking about Todorov's the Fantastic: the uncanny (can be explained), but the marvelous has no explanation, yet may feel normal--I would link this to magical realism which Allende says "combines reality and surreality onto the same plane."
Exposition, narration, description (poetic, minimal?), pacing (slows when there is more description and poetry), and dramatized scenes (and the pacing of all this).
Reading reactions as creative writers, and Outside Lecture/Reading Reactions as creative writers with a focus on craft, on style, on form, on cool moves (often the language of New Criticism); you can also use Tan's list, the prose vocabulary list, various Pomo Laundry list,
Reader Response theories: subjective reader response; affective stylistics
Bass' painterly eye for detail: blueness, dogs, trout, women; his process explanation (heard a story about Grey Wolf)

Brown's gothic romance mixed with contemporary machine and love language as well as violence (tre pomo); Amy Tan wants change, though, so would she go "Huh?" at this story?

 

 

Alternative Notes Lee Might Use:

Moral obligations in fiction? Propaganda?

Why do we write fiction? Abbot p. 16, Baxter p. 38, 39.

An author talks about the merging of "low" vs. "high" culture, and Monty Python.

What If p. 270 "Learning to Lie" (see my three)

 

 

 

Old Notes:

 

 

 

 

Lee's Lecture Notes Day 2: Reading Fictional Aesthetics

  1. Elements of prose (vocabulary), and thinking about Todorov's the Fantastic: the uncanny (can be explained), but the marvelous has no explanation, yet may feel normal--I would link this to magical realism which Allende says "combines reality and surreality onto the same plane."
  2. Exposition, narration, description (poetic, minimal?), pacing (slows when there is more description and poetry), and dramatized scenes (and the pacing of all this).
  3. Reading reactions as creative writers, and Outside Lecture/Reading Reactions as creative writers with a focus on craft, on style, on form, on cool moves (often the language of New Criticism); you can also use Tan's list, the prose vocabulary list, various Pomo Laundry list,
  4. Reader Response theories: subjective reader response; affective stylistics
  5. Bass' painterly eye for detail: blueness, dogs, trout, women;  his process explanation (heard a story about Grey Wolf)
  6. Brown's gothic romance mixed with contemporary machine and love language as well as violence (tre pomo); Amy Tan wants change, though, so would she go "Huh?" at this story?

Alternative Notes Lee Might Use:

  1. Moral obligations in fiction?  Propaganda?
  2. Why do we write fiction?  Abbot p. 16, Baxter p. 38, 39.
  3. An author talks about the merging of "low" vs. "high" culture, and Monty Python.
  4. What If p. 270 "Learning to Lie" (see my three)

 

 

Old Notes: