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Wilfrid Laurier University
Andrea Austin

Week 2 Lecture 1 – September 15 , 2012 Critical Tool Kit for Approaching Fiction - A set of basic structures, terminologies, and strategies Genre: A recurring type of literate, or “literary form”, conceived of a set of conventions and codes, altering from age to age, but shared by a kind of implicit agreement or contract between writer and reader - First overarching approach - Systematic set of criteria used to approach all fiction in the course - Each book is best love, and iconic for each genre - “Pure genre”, many don’t fit into just one type of genre - Ex. The Last Stand o The leader of drug cartel busts out of a courthouse and speeds to the Mexican border, where the only thing in his path is a sheriff and his inexperienced staff o Possibly action, thrill, comedy - Ex. Monsters, Inc. o Monsters generate their city’s power by scaring children, but they are terribly afraid themselves of being contaminated by children, so when one enters Monstropolis, top scarer Sully finds his world disrupted o Comedy, children’s film Narrative (vs. story) - Story: includes the characters, locations, and events of a fictional text o Plot, what gets told - Narrative: includes the characters, locations, events, and narrative features or functions, as well as the sequence of events, as they are given to the reader o Includes everything that’s in the story, narrative features and functions as well as a series of events given to the reader o You start when the book starts o Perspective of the character o What gets told and how it gets told Story Narrative - Bilbo goes on a journey - Bilbo’s point of view - Bilbo’s companions are a wizard and - Do not receive Dracula’s point of view dwarves - Jonathon’s story is told by his diary - Jonathon meets Count Dracula and - Frequent retrospectives tell us what decides he
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