ENGB34 Lecture 2
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ENGB34 The Short Story
Lec 2 May 22
Content in and through form
*appointment with writing centre!!
Ex. argument will have specific focus. Not just list of observations of topic, need to expand.
Look at similarities and differences and explain why it is so
Flow of thought
Ex. text does x, y, z...
- talk about ritual next week
- define words, what it means to you, how you‟re using it, how it‟s used in the stories
- ritualistic text like religious practices
Cite the stories you use on works cited list
Works consulted for ones you looked at/read
*create a title; fun or descriptive
All 19th century
Poe, Hawthorne, Melville: Early Masters of the Short Story form
Set of criteria that sets them apart? differences
1st set of criteria: 19 century America, geographic and temporal
Markers of time and place, objective not value-realted
2nd set: early masters of the short story form
suggesting these are better at the form than others that aren‟t masters
also temporal label: “early masters”
asks us what constitutes as good, better or best at this early stage?
- Story starts in 1842. Poe published a review on hawthorne‟s book (twice told tales 1837); poe
was an admirer of hawthorne
- In review, he made an assertion not only about H‟s short stories, but about short stories in general
- Poe: the tale”affords unquestionably the fairest field for the exercise of the loftiest talent, which
can be afforded by the wide domains of mere prose.”
o The best form of prose writing; better than longer forms. Prose is anything but poetry
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