Our Very Own Adventure

Towards a Poetics of the Short Story

Carolyne Lee
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Published

15 February 2011

ISBN

9780522860177

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MUP Academic

Our Very Own Adventure

Towards a Poetics of the Short Story

Carolyne Lee
Our Very Own Adventure demonstrates the main convention of the short story—specifically the heightened reader response that Carolyne Lee terms 'narratorial presence'. The intensity of the short story encourages readers to appropriate the fictive world, as rendered through one or more represented subjectivities in the narrative. Lee argues that this narratorial presence is the enabling effect of the tale's telling. Each chapter examines a group of stories (by authors such as William Faulkner, James Joyce, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Ray Bradbury and Alice Munro) that share basic similarities, but where the narratorial presence differs due to differing techniques. Our Very Own Adventure reveals just how a story yields its meanings to a reader.
Our Very Own Adventure demonstrates the main convention of the short story—specifically the heightened reader response that Carolyne Lee terms 'narratorial presence'. The intensity of the short story encourages readers to appropriate the fictive world, as rendered through one or more represented subjectivities in the narrative. Lee argues that this narratorial presence is the enabling effect of the tale's telling. Each chapter examines a group of stories (by authors such as William Faulkner, James Joyce, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Ray Bradbury and Alice Munro) that share basic similarities, but where the narratorial presence differs due to differing techniques. Our Very Own Adventure reveals just how a story yields its meanings to a reader.

Carolyne Lee

Carolyne Lee

Carolyne Lee is a writer, teacher and researcher who has written for newspapers, books, e-zines, educational curricula, scholarly journals and blogs. She has taught writing for more than twenty years, and in that time has seen many of her students break into print (and pixels), gain good jobs in the media and in other organisations, and even become teachers themselves. She is a lecturer, as well as coordinator of writing subjects in the discipline of…

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