Monday, November 14, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Think about how Wolff uses exposition in this story... Trace the "now" back to the "then," and back again.
What are the differences between the voice of the story and the main character of the story?
What work does the "bullet" do narratively?
Sunday, September 11, 2011
I know, I know. Arrogant. But this story is pretty good and I think we can learn some stuff from it...
"The Wedding of Tom to Tom."
How are two stories in this story combined into one?
How are the main characters revealed?
What's at stake, both for the narrator and for the main characters?
"The Bear Came over the Mountain."
What's the narratibve strategy? How does Munro "frame" this story?
How does the voice of the story reveal what the story is about?
How does Munro flesh out her characters (both major and minor)?
Saturday, August 20, 2011
"A Hunger Artist"
A few questions:
Compare the narrative style Kafka uses with the one O'Connor uses in "Good Man." Similarities and differences and why.
Who is this "Hunder Artist"? How is he revealed to us?
What's the major crisis moment of the story?
"The Jilting of Granny Weatherall"
How is this story framed?
Explain the voice of the story... How does Porter reveal character through language?
How does exposition work in this story? What's happening in the now, and what's happening in the past? How do they come together in Porter's narrative?
Monday, August 15, 2011
Here's a link to your first assignment. Please read and take notes about how this story works, what makes it tick:
Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man Is Hard to Find."
A few questions:
How does O'Connor provide momentum in her narrative?
How do the scenes work? (Break the story into movements/scenes, and figure out exactly how many scenes, and how O'Connor manipulates characters in these scenes to provide the meaning that is manifested in the finale.)
What if the family had NOT been killed? What would the story be?