How words hold together and how they are used.
Words in time and words in space:
- Words both follow one another and are arranged in relation to each other
- Sequence: time
- Arrangement: space
- Myth or narrative: words in sequence
- Metaphor: words in space
Poetry is to prose what short fiction is to the novel
- Poetry: words in space
- Prose: words in time
- Short Fiction: Events in space
- Novels: Events in time
- The experience of a novel is essentially cumulative; built up in stages
- The narrative arc is called a mythos, and there are four individual mythoi, each of which describes the
particular way in which the narrative unfolds.
- Directions of unfolding (expressing desire or anxiety)
1) Comedy (unification, rebirth, revolution)
2) Tragedy (fragmentation, limitation, necessity)
3) Romance (trial, journey, quest)
4) Irony (satire, deference to actual experience)
- Don’t ask: “where is this going?” But: “What do I see?”
- How are parts, metaphors, images, related to one another?