Note: Office hours - Wednesday 11:30-1:30 Grammar Seminar: Wednesday Jan 15th/22nd
First assignment due Feb. 3rd
Second Essay: March 7th or 10th
Research Essay: April 7th or 9th
Terminology of Literary Criticism:
- Fiction (Lat. - Fictio ): n. A shaping or a counterfeiting.
- The events of fiction are coloured and shaped in some way away from
- Never assume the author is the narrator nor that they share the same
- Short Story: A condensed form of fiction.
- Shorter than a novella or novel. The shortest form of fiction.
- Novella: A piece of fiction longer than a short story but shorter than a
- Must be long enough to be published independently. - Often has unity of purpose.
- Turns around a single incident, problem, or issue.
- Subplots are not very common.
- Limited number of characters, often focusing on only one or two
- Typically limited to one location and a shorter period of time than in a
- Novel: A book like form of fiction.
- Story: Everything that happens in a work of literature.
- Plot: The way in which the author relates the events of the story; particular
events to which a character reacts.
- Linked with the reactions of the central character.
- Can be presented chronologically or otherwise.
- e.g. Flash forward/back
- In medias res : Latin: In the middle of things - Parts of the Plot:
- Introduces characters, setting, background, etc.
- Often at the beginning of the story.
- Often contains the seed of the conflict.
- Rising Action:
- Usually follows the Exposition.
- Usually contains the Inciting Incident (the moment that destabilizes
initial status quo and initiates conflict).
- Complicates the initial conflict and builds in intensity.
- Conflict: -
- The entire plot hinges around at least one conflict.
- Can be either external or internal in relation to the main
- Internal conflicts take place within the character (e.g. desires,
emotional conflict around an event).
- The height of the conflict
- Character has a realization, or epiphany, that causes the
- Falling Action or Resolution:
- Emotional intensity begins to subside.
- Works toward resolving the conflict. - Conclusion:
- Emotional and thematic resolution
- May include or