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The Resource Meander, spiral, explode : design and pattern in narrative, Jane Alison

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

Label
Meander, spiral, explode : design and pattern in narrative
Title
Meander, spiral, explode
Title remainder
design and pattern in narrative
Statement of responsibility
Jane Alison
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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 It is a liberating manifesto that says, Let's leave the outdated modes behind and, in thinking of new modes, bring feeling back to experimentation.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
Summary
Novelist and writing teacher Jane Alison illuminates the many shapes other than the usual wavelike “narrative arc” that can move fiction forward. The stories she loves most follow other organic patterns found in nature—spirals, meanders, and explosions, among others
Tone
Writing style
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10772025
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1961-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Alison, Jane
Dewey number
808.0014
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
P302.7
LC item number
.A515 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Narration (Rhetoric)
  • Discourse analysis, Narrative
  • Writing
  • Discourse analysis, Narrative
  • Narration (Rhetoric)
  • Writing
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
design and pattern in narrative
Label
Meander, spiral, explode : design and pattern in narrative, Jane Alison
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-258)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Primary elements. Point, line, texture ; Movement and flow ; Color -- Patterns. Waves ; Wavelets ; Meanders ; Spirals ; Radials or explosions ; Networks and cells ; Fractals ; Tsunami? -- Epilogue
Control code
on1049791446
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
262 pages
Isbn
9781948226134
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1049791446
Label
Meander, spiral, explode : design and pattern in narrative, Jane Alison
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-258)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Primary elements. Point, line, texture ; Movement and flow ; Color -- Patterns. Waves ; Wavelets ; Meanders ; Spirals ; Radials or explosions ; Networks and cells ; Fractals ; Tsunami? -- Epilogue
Control code
on1049791446
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
262 pages
Isbn
9781948226134
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1049791446

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