ENG215 LEC01

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Lecture 1
- Short stories – brief work of prose fiction, tending to be no longer than 10 000
words
- Aristotle “differs from a novel; magnitude”
- Edgar Allan Poe (19th century, American) – 1st theorist of short story
o“‘Prose tale’ is narrative read at one sitting from ½ hour ~ 2 hours, and it
is limited at which every detail __________”?
oPrescriptive that short story is limiting to a single _______...?
- Because of story shortness, people believed it was limited (character intro, space,
etc…)
- “Single mood and single impression”
- “All elements are present!”
- “Deals with one scene and incident”
- Contemporary theorists (critics) emphasize what short stories can and can’t do.
CAN:
oExpansiveness
oDepth
oDensity
oComplexity
oAmbiguity
oTexture
oOpenness
- Genre isn’t limited to a character, scene, plot, etc…
oDetermined by author’s artistic goals and authority
oShort story can be anything that author writes it to be
- Frank Davy – “Development of Canadian short stories occurred outside…views
of critics in early years are irrelevant to Canadian short stories… Canadian short
story developed”
o“An examination of the Canadian short story refines a much more
pluralistic and eclectic view of the short story, and a more generous sense
of the prose language than that which accompanied the ________ of the
Anglo-American short story.”
- Considerations in Canadian short story (repeated themes):
- Landscape – significant; not just setting but character
oChanges with contemporary Canadian short story to an urban setting
- Human relationships – gender issues, relationships, partnerships (how they’re
written in Can. SS)
- Marginalization – displacement converge questions of ambiguity
- Memory – history (past in present narratives)
- Social, cultural, etc… – art’s potential and meaning form
oTechniques and devices
- POV, images, symbols, motifs, language, diction, tone, beginning/middle/ending,
setting, paragraphs, metaphor, style
- Canadian short story – young genre
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Short stories brief work of prose fiction, tending to be no longer than 10 000 words. Aristotle differs from a novel; magnitude . Because of story shortness, people believed it was limited (character intro, space, etc ) Contemporary theorists (critics) emphasize what short stories can and can"t do. Can: expansiveness, depth, density, complexity, ambiguity, texture, openness, determined by author"s artistic goals and authority, short story can be anything that author writes it to be. Genre isn"t limited to a character, scene, plot, etc . Considerations in canadian short story (repeated themes): Landscape significant; not just setting but character: changes with contemporary canadian short story to an urban setting. Human relationships gender issues, relationships, partnerships (how they"re written in can. Marginalization displacement converge questions of ambiguity. Memory history (past in present narratives) Social, cultural, etc art"s potential and meaning form: techniques and devices. Pov, images, symbols, motifs, language, diction, tone, beginning/middle/ending, setting, paragraphs, metaphor, style.

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