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Anatomy of Criticism, Part 4

September 3, 2015 8:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Note: I have devoted three previous blogs to Frye’s Anatomy of Criticism (1957). Please see them before reading this: Anatomy of Criticism I, Anatomy of Criticism II, and Anatomy of Criticism III Here I repeat in bold type the three facets of Frye’s historical approach I outlined in the previous blog. Then I... read more

literary criticism and romance novels

Anatomy of Criticism, Part 3

August 20, 2015 9:02 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Note: In my previous blog posts Anatomy of Criticism Part I and Anatomy of Criticism Part II, I discuss Northrup Frye’s Anatomy of Criticism (1957). Frye identifies five genres: drama, epic, lyric, history, and novel. He distinguishes among five modes: mythic, romance, high mimetic, low mimetic, and ironic. Two uptakes:... read more

Anatomy of Literary Criticism and Romance Novels

Anatomy of Criticism, Part 2

August 11, 2015 7:45 pm Published by 1 Comment

Note: In Anatomy of Criticism Part 1, I open a discussion of Northrup Frye’s key work Anatomy of Criticism (1957). Frye distinguishes among five genres: drama, epic, lyric, history, and novel. In other words, Frye does not have a notion of genre in terms of what we now call genre... read more

Anatomy of Criticism – Part 1

August 4, 2015 1:09 pm Published by 1 Comment

What is the difference between so-called genre fiction and so-called literary fiction? Another way to ask the question is to wonder: When did genre fiction begin to be called genre fiction? The distinction seems so clear these days when you can walk into a library, a bookstore, or search online... read more

Enriching your story writing by asking questions.

Story Focus: Ask Yourself a Question

July 16, 2015 6:58 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

When I’m writing fiction, I’m always asking myself, “What am I working on?” This question helps me to give my story focus. My first novel, My Lord Roland (affiliate), was set in mid-13th-century England. My goal was to create a reliable first-person narrator. I wanted Marguerite to offer the reader an... read more

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MMA Fight Night: A Research Adventure

May 14, 2015 10:08 am Published by 1 Comment

Last month I went to Pensacola, Florida with my friend Gail to attend Island Fights 33, an event with both boxing and mixed martial arts (MMA) matches. Roy Jones, Jr. was the headliner – or, as it’s more accurate to say, he was at the top of the card. He’s... read more

authorial distance

Authorial Distance and Margaret Atwood

February 13, 2015 4:46 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

On Christmas Day 2014 I listened to an interview Diane Rehm had with Margaret Atwood about her new story collection Stone Mattress: Nine Tales. The interview made me aware of the differences in authorial distance. Note: The original NPR airdate was November 10, 2014. During the interview Atwood read the... read more