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Crafting fiction : in theory, in practice

Author: Marvin Diogenes; Clyde Moneyhun
Publisher: Mountain View, Calif. : Mayfield Pub. Co., 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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Presents an anthology of 58 articles, interviews, memoirs, and critical and personal essays, giving students access to a variety of important selections that discuss the theory and practice of  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Marvin Diogenes; Clyde Moneyhun
ISBN: 0767402073 9780767402071
OCLC Number: 45284734
Notes: Includes index.
Description: ix, 660 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Part 1. The craft of fiction --
Chapter 1. Realist, romantic, and avant-garde traditions --
[1.1] Foundations of fiction --
Writing short stories / Flannery O'Connor --
Basic skills, genre, and fiction as dream / John Gardner --
Slick fiction and quality fiction / Rust Hills --
[1.2] Defining and understanding narrative --
Introduction to 'The lonely voice' / Frank O'Connor --
Learning from Chekhov / Francine Prose --
Some thoughts on narrative / Ursula Le Guin --
[1.3] Romance and fabulation --
Hawthorne on romance / Nathaniel Hawthorne --
James on Hawthorne/s romances / Henry James --
A plea for romantic fiction / Frank Norris --
Fabulation and romance / Robert Scholes --
[1.4] Modernist and postmodernist fiction --
Philosophy and the form of fiction / William Gass --
Fiction in bits / Annie Dillard --
Fiction today or the pursuit of non-knowledge / Raymond Federman --
Form, antiform, and neoform: verbal collage / Philip Stevick --
Chapter 2. Craft and the elements of fiction --
[2.1] Fiction's periodic table --
Aspects of fiction / E.M. Forster --
Notes on writing a novel / Elizabeth Bowen --
Types of narration / Wayne C. Booth --
Scene and summary / Leon Surmelian --
Some notes on time / Eudora Welty --
[2.2] The stuff of life and character --
Character / R.V. Cassill --
The transformation process / Robin Hemley --
Issues of character: the saint at the typewriter / David Huddle --
[2.3] What to leave out and what to put in / Kit Reed --
Why stories fail / Ben Nyberg --
Don't do this: a short guide to what not to do / Jerome Stern --
[2.4] A more nurturing approach to revision --
Revision / Jesse Lee Kercheval --
Point of view / David Madden --
Revising your prose for power and punch / David Michael Kaplan --
[2.5] A workshop for writers: invention and revision --
Guided writing exercises: invention --
Craft exercises: revision --
Part 2. Contexts for writing fiction --
Chapter 3. The writer's life --
[3.1] Hunger was good discipline / Ernest Hemingway --
Autobiographical notes / James Baldwin --
A writer's diary / Virginia Woolf --
[3.2] Growing up and growing into the writing life --
Long work, short life / Bernard Malamud --
Whole literature / Carol Bly --
Believing in literature / Dorothy Allison --
Introduction to 'Bird by bird' / Anne Lamott --
[3.3] Metaphors for the writing life --
The writing life / Annie Dillard --
The master-slave relationship / Victoria Nelson --
The magic show / Tim O'Brien --
[3.4] The fiction writer and politics --
False documents / E.L. Doctorow --
Dysfunctional narratives or "Mistakes were made" / Charles Baxter --
Three in a bed: fiction, morals, and politics / Nadine Gordimer --
[3.5] The fiction writer and popular culture --
Perchance to dream / Jonathan Franzen --
E unibus pluram: television and U.S. fiction / David Foster Wallace --
The cyberbard and the multiform plot / Janet H. Murray --
Chapter 4. The teaching and learning of fiction writing --
[4.1] Now, class ... [4.1] How to become a writer / Lorrie Moore --
Interview with Jane Smiley / Alexander Neubauer --
Creating writing / Raymond Carver --
The paraffin density of wax wings / Bonnie Friedman --
[4.2] Reading as a writer --
Reading as a writer / R.V. Cassill --
Reading / Richard Ford --
An annotated reading list / Rita Mae Brown --
[4.3] Pedagogies for fiction writing: theory and practice --
Creative writing: can it/should it be taught? / David Lodge --
Introduction to 'Narrative design' / Madison Smartt Bell --
The theory of creative writing I and II / Joe David Bellamy --
The new assembly-line fiction / John Aldridge.
Responsibility: Marvin Diogenes, Clyde Moneyhun.
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