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Department
African Studies
Course Code
AFSA01
Professor
Steven Rockel

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Eng. Narrative- Lecture & Tutorial 01/23/2014
Who does the story belong too? Who’s in charge of it?
Narrative- What grabs other people, (tone)
Gaps- between what you think you know verse what the story is suggesting
Depends what your thinking about, will give you a different perception
Tone or “feeling”
What KIND of story is this?
Middlemarch Film- (1994)
Dorethea Brooke interested in retaining herself, deeply affected by beautiful things ex. Jewels, have no
purpose, but the beauty attracts her
Conflicted character
On authority- Elements of “Control” in narrative: Dictate how you feel
Pieces that are controlling your thoughts
Form, genre, expectation
Plot: “Gravity and momentum”
Narrative- who tells the story?
You have a lot of control with how a story works
The Author: the writer of a book, article or report,
Someone who writes books as a profession
The writings of such a person
An originator or creator of something, (plan or idea)
Authority- the power or right to give orders, make descions, and enforce obedience
The text is a tissue of quotations, if we acknowledge there is an author , we can impose a limit, the birth
of the reader must be at the cost of the death of the author” ( so the reader has authority of what is
read)
“because I come from a different backround” “ I read something different that explained it differently”
always playing on something that someone already said or thought
one way of looking at text- look at the author, their backround what they believe in
look at the reader, what they read, age gender, what stories do you like how do you influence the text

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privledge the words, which words are being used here
looking at texts, in all different ways
authority is comforting to us , now that were authority , we have to argue to what we believe in
Middlemarch- 1871-72,
A study of Provincial life” Realest novel, school of art, trying to represent the world how it really is , how
humans interact, striving, wanting a better life, gossip marriage
Big and little themes
Cinderella in China
1932 essay by R.D JAMESON
tells how Tang scholar (YEH SHEN)
Translated
Issues to think about: “Original” Written Vs. Oral, best preserved written down version, where does creation
start at the telling or the reading
Age of the story- old story, distant from where we are now, georgraphy, where they tell weird stories,
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Week 3 password:paparazzi 01/23/2014
Write story incorporating the following genres: 10 next Thursday
Where: A foreign place, depending on who’s talking about it
When: February
Who: 1) an old person
2) Bieber
3) someone watching
What 1) a disguise
2) a chicken
3) a bottle
Middle March:
characters don’t like each other when they first meet,
ceclia says its not too late to marry someone who’s younger.
Idealism and realism coming into conflict,
late 1920’s, roseman having education is rare, went to a ladies school.
Form:
Definition- what is narrative? “narrativity” sense of tone, something didn’t just happen, it was
interesting what happened, element of someone telling, provokes questioning, “what is the story here”
What else is required for a narrative? Conflict, Hero, Antagnoist
What’s the conflict- individual events: crucial or non- crucial?
Masterplot, parts of the story you recognize from elsewhere, types, sterotypes, who/what is the
antagnonist? What has changed?
Shape- What does it look like? What format does it take
MiddleMarch is a novel, chapter divisions, meant to be read,
King Lear- a play,
Cinderella , a fairytale, can be told me in private or public, can be started/stopped at the listener’s ( or
teller’s) whim
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