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Short stories in the academy: mimesis, diegesis and the role of drama and film

Neale, Derek (2012). Short stories in the academy: mimesis, diegesis and the role of drama and film. Short Fiction in Theory and Practice, 2(1-2) pp. 43–58.

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Abstract

The new prominence of authors teaching creative writing in the academy might have seemed unlikely given a critical context which railed against the influence of authors in interpretation. This discussion suggests reasons for an unlikely coalescence between theory and practice, and considers how situating the study of writing within the academy might have affected the short form, giving rise to more mimetic, less diegetic types of story and certain fashions in narrative style, ones often related to drama and film. The discussion considers the workshop vogue for the second person narrative, examining a story by Lorrie Moore; it investigates filmic influences including Eisenstein’s theories of montage; and compares two versions of the same Raymond Carver story. In conclusion, consideration of such influences and methods, those arising from the poetics of restraint prevailing in the workshop, are viewed in relation to a brief original story.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 Intellect Ltd
ISSN: 2043-071X
Keywords: creative writing; drama; short story; drama; film; fine art; Raymond Carver; Lorrie Moore; second person; dirty realism
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Cultures > English & Creative Writing
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Cultures
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Contemporary Cultures of Writing
Item ID: 30857
Depositing User: Derek Neale
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2012 10:11
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 13:23
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/30857
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