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Literary technique

Parent categories: literature - technique

Related: literary criticism - literary theory - self-reference


Literary technique, also called literary device. Novels and short stories do not simply come from nowhere. Usually the author employs some general literary technique as a framework for artistic work.

Annotated List of Literary Techniques

Authors also manipulate the language of their works to create a desired response from the reader. This is the realm of the rhetorical devices. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literary_technique, Feb 2004

Reverse chronology and literature

Has cinematic time influenced literature?: The Time's Arrow case study

Slowed down time and literature

Colin Wilson aptly observes in the Misfits how John Cleland in Fanny Hill had succeeded to slow down time by which he meant that "the time it takes to read [some scenes] is obviously a great deal longer than the time it took to do." He goes on to describe how Richardson had done the same in Pamela and Clarissa, assuming that

"Pamela and Clarissa became so real to the reader's imagination that we want to linger. A century and a half later, Marcel Proust will carry the same assumption to extraordinary lengths, virtually persuading the reader to abandon his normal sense of time. No writer before the time of Richardson would have dreamed of attempting such a feat: Cervantes, Lesage, Defoe, all relied on a profusion of incident to hold the reader's interest. --page 84.

Richardson and Cleland had the excuse that their era was pre-cinema, Proust wrote his most time-oriented work in In Search of Lost Time (1913 -1927) when cinema was already happening, but not during the sound film era. Is this kind of writing, which slows down time, still done? And how has cinematic time influenced time in literature?

See also: Pamela - Clarissa - Fanny Hill - literary technique - Colin Wilson - time

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