Lee's Lecture Notes Day 3: The Fantastic

  1. Elements of prose/fiction (vocabulary), and A reminder about Todorov's the Fantastic (see prose vocab): 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. Winterson's magical realism, and a novel with shifting POV's
  3. The spectrum of Maximalism (high exposition and poetic description) vs. Minimalism (very low exposition and poetic description); look at Carver's minimalist Popular Mechanics





Old Notes:

TED: How can fiction "change reality"? and ideas about Katniss, Darwin and socioeconomics

The difficult imagination and commercial writing vs. Curtis White...

--Architectures: The Difficult Imagination—when we face something that works with DI, we might end up flabbergasted, uncertain, unravelled, upset
--David Mamet: the problem of work that is “cleansed of invention,” or is predictable, or is clichéd.
--What goes against expectation…in language, in plot, in characterization, in pacing, in narrative structure?
--Text of bliss is part of the difficult imagination where simplicity may be thwarted head on, where discomfort is common

Brian Evenson's "The Prophets"--how does it break with convention in language, character, narrative?

1. Prose/fiction vocabulary to know.
2. Commenting on stories.
3. More on Texts of Bliss
--intro--Sontag calls Barthes the aphorism king/queen; p. 6 on strip teases vs erotic flashes, and narratives that make you turn the pages frantically...

Lee's Larger Pomo lecture...

--Handout : flashfiction "Subtotals"

Narrative (in Architectures)--you can outline or you can "improv" p. 85 (ch. 7)

Getting ideas from stories like those in The &Now...xenotext or bacterial poetry from Bok p. 15--"language is a virus" as an idea for mixing genres; or list stories (Olsen's has a cast of hundreds; Viegener has a first person story told in fragments like Carol Maso's Ava)

--The & Now: Olsen p. 17+ (the name "story"); Viegener p. 22+ (25 random things)