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Structural Analysis of Bag of Bones: Chapter 1

Last week I was somewhat disparaging about opening hooks of novels. Today I want to do a thorough analysis of the structure of Chapter 1 of Stephen King's Bag of Bones, because I think it is an example of an opening hook done well. I read enough books on writing and listen to enough podcasts… Continue reading Structural Analysis of Bag of Bones: Chapter 1

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On Barthes’s “Introduction to the Structural Analysis of Narratives”

I feel I may have been a little unfair in choosing "From Work to Text" last post. In the same collection of essays, Image - Music - Text, is a much better introduction to what Barthes is known for: (post-)structuralism. Recall that structuralism began back in the very early 1900's (maybe even very late 1800's)… Continue reading On Barthes’s “Introduction to the Structural Analysis of Narratives”

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Critical Theory through If on a winter’s night a traveler

I recently read Italo Calvino's If on a winter's night a traveler. Before trying to explain what made this book so entertaining for me to read, I'll try to sketch an outline of the book if you haven't heard about it. The overall form consists of alternating chapters. Half the chapters are in second person… Continue reading Critical Theory through If on a winter’s night a traveler