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A stranger's journey : race, identity, and narrative craft in writing

Author: David Mura
Publisher: Athens, Georgia : The University of Georgia Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   eAudiobook : English
"Long recognized as a master teacher at writing programs like VONA, the Loft, and the Stonecoast MFA, with A Stranger's Journey, David Mura has written a book on creative writing that addresses our increasingly diverse American literature. Mura argues for a more inclusive and expansive definition of craft, particularly in relationship to race, even as he elucidates timeless rules of narrative construction in fiction  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Literature
Material Type: Audio book, etc., Sound recording
Document Type: Sound Recording, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Mura
OCLC Number: 1137727442
Language Note: Audiobooks [reading of a printed book.]
Notes: Multiple voiced narration.
Local call number 54449
13 recorded hours.
Description: 1 online resource (1 sound file).
Details: DAISY Digital Talking Book.
Contents: Introduction --
I. The world is what it is. The search for identity: a stranger's journey --
The idealized portrait and the task of the writer --
Writing and reading race: Jonathan Franzen, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Shawn Wong --
Existential threats: ZZ Packer's "Drinking coffee elsewhere" and Sherman Alexie's The toughest Indian in the world --
The student of color in the typical MFA program --
Writing teachers--or David Foster Wallace versus James Baldwin --
On race and craft: tradition and the individual talent revisited --
II. Story in fiction. Storytellers: myths and the timeless --
Discovery story --
Junot Díaz's "Ysrael": voice and story --
The storyteller of sadist (or Zuckerman's complaint) --
Pride cometh before the fall: Flannery O'Connor and ZZ Packer --
Irreconcilable conflicts, lies and character --
Destroying the imago of the protagonist: Sherman Alexie's "class" --
The A-B-C of multiple story lines: Junot Díaz's "Fiesta" --
The four questions concerning the narrator: From Conrad's Marlow to Díaz's Yunior --
III. Narrative and identity in memoir. The four questions of the narrator in memoir: Marguerite Duras's The lover and Mary Karr's The liar's club --
The past and present self in memoir: Vivian Gornick's Fierce attachments and Maxine Hong Kingston's The woman warrior --
Story and narrative structure in memoir --
Temporal narrative and identity in my memoirs --
The use of the reflective voice in memoir: James Baldwin and Hilton Als --
The reliability of the narrator in memoir --
Narrative drama in Mary Karr's Cherry and Garrett Hongo's Volcano --
On the line between memoir and fiction --
IV. The writer's story. V. S. Naipul: the known and the unknown --
The writer and the hero's journey --
Acknowledgments --
Appendix: Seven basic writing assignments. Assignment 1: some questions about process --
Assignment 2: exploring your identity --
Assignment 3: rewriting a scene --
Assignment 4: using a timeline to revise narrative structure --
Assignment 5: using the storyteller's principles--a basic checklist --
Assignment 6: write about the problem --
Assignment 7: finishing the book and hero's journey.
Other Titles: Race, identity, and narrative craft in writing
Responsibility: David Mura.


Long recognised as a master teacher at writing programs, with A Stranger's Journey, David Mura has written a book on creative writing that addresses an increasingly diverse American literature. Mura  Read more...


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