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Meander, spiral, explode : design and pattern in narrative / Jane Alison.

Alison, Jane, 1961- (author.).

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Homer Library.

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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781948226134
  • ISBN: 1948226138
  • Physical Description: 262 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Catapult, 2019.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-258).
Formatted Contents Note:
Primary elements. Point, line, texture ; Movement and flow ; Color -- Patterns. Waves ; Wavelets ; Meanders ; Spirals ; Radials or explosions ; Networks and cells ; Fractals ; Tsunami? -- Epilogue.
Summary, etc.:
As Jane Alison writes in the introduction to her insightful and appealing book about the craft of writing: "For centuries there's been one path through fiction we're most likely to travel-- one we're actually told to follow--and that's the dramatic arc: a situation arises, grows tense, reaches a peak, subsides . . . But something that swells and tautens until climax, then collapses? Bit masculosexual, no? So many other patterns run through nature, tracing other deep motions in life. Why not draw on them, too?" W. G. Sebald's Emigrants was the first novel to show Alison how forward momentum can be created by way of pattern, rather than the traditional arc-- or, in nature, wave. Other writers of nonlinear prose considered in her "museum of specimens" include Nicholson Baker, Anne Carson, Marguerite Duras, Gabriel García Márquez, Jamaica Kincaid, Clarice Lispector, Susan Minot, David Mitchell, Caryl Phillips, and Mary Robison. Meander, Spiral, Explode is a singular and brilliant elucidation of literary strategies that also brings high spirits and wit to its original conclusions. It is a liberating manifesto that says, Let's leave the outdated modes behind and, in thinking of new modes, bring feeling back to experimentation. It will appeal to serious readers and writers alike. -- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Narration (Rhetoric)
Discourse analysis, Narrative.
Discourse analysis, Narrative.
Narration (Rhetoric)