Writing the Short Novel
Webpage for English Course 531
(minor corrections made October 20, 2011)
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Students can use this webpage in conjunction with thecut and dried theory in the course textbook. Thiswebpage is meant to illustrate the theory using anexemplary short novel,
, by Eric Pimblu.Students can study this material by whatever approachthey choose, whether by reading
itself first and then the analysis, or reading the analysissimultaneously with the novel. No chapter receives a full analysis in terms of thetheory. Individual paragraphs are analyzed in varyingterms, some in terms of drama, others in terms of the power struggle between author and reader, others interms of the author’s strategy for convincing reader of his ideas. Many paragraphs are ancillary to crucial paragraphs and so do not merit close analysis. For your convenience, a synopsis of the textbook theoryand a table of definitions are included at the beginning.
Synopsis of the Textbook Theory
The textbook’s theory is rather speculative but provides an excellent heuristic for analyzing the shortnovel. In other words, it is useful without being the