Wednesday, September 17, 2014
A Consciousness-Based Look at the "Immaterial Reality" of Story
The term the modern short story is somewhat of a misnomer if we examine the origins of the American short story. Irving, Hawthorne, and Poe, for example, come to us from many different manifestations of story—fable, allegory, romance—story forms that go back to the earliest inceptions of story. These stories also include elements of realism that were beginning to emerge in literature in the early eighteen hundreds, so perhaps modern can be appropriate modifier.
Posted by on 12/6/2013 2:41:00 PMComments 0
Dara’s Top Ten Favorite Short Stories

All literature majors, whether undergraduate or graduate, eventually sit around and discuss what they would put on their lists of favorite stories, novels, poems, or plays. Though my lists tends to disassemble and reassemble themselves, my top-ten list of short stories remains the most stable. Below are Dara’s top ten favorite short stories (in no particular order except as they occurred to me):

Posted by on 9/21/2013 2:48:00 PMComments 0
The Charm and Evolution of Story
Stories have charm.
From childhood on,
we are charmed by stories.
From the earliest fairy tales,
to graphic stories, to literary stories, we listen to or read stories with absorption and excitement. When the cave man came home and depicted his (or maybe her) hunt on the wall of the cave, storytelling was taking place. Stories came out of the oral traditions of all cultures around the globe. Curiously enough, these early stories, though widely separated by geography, including large oceans, shared many similar plots and motifs.
Posted by on 9/21/2013 2:53:00 PMComments 0
Writing Our Way into Reading
Writing can help readers access a text that is challenging to read whether the text is a literary masterpiece, a piece of governmental legalize, or a novel filled with abstract concepts. If we reflect on what we already know about the topic, then it is easier to move into new material. Taking a moment to write what we know about a subject creates a framework in our awareness on which to hang new information.

Posted by on 9/21/2013 2:55:00 PMComments 0
Being at Home in a Storyworld
When authors create the storyworld in a short story, they become precisely what their function as writers implies—Creators. They bring into being lands and people that obey the laws of nature that most people commonly experience and observe, occasionally with some highly imaginative transformations. This storyworld with its landscape and culture resonates with readers because they, for the most part, also share and observe the same laws of nature as the writing creators do. They can, to some extent, feel at home in the storyworld, enough so to engage with the characters, if not completely identify with them.
Posted by on 9/24/2013 2:43:00 PMComments 0
Storytelling for Writers
Listening to some great stories today during a storytelling performance session reminded me that the art of storytelling can be an excellent exercise for writers. To tell a story artfully, capturing the listener’s attention, a storyteller must know all the component parts of the narrative but then be able to stand apart and enliven the narrative with gestures, voice, and timing. It is not enough to just tell the story, the storyteller must be able to create the significance of the story in a manner that is dramatic enough to stay with the listener.
Posted by on 11/2/2013 2:25:00 PMComments 0

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