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Lecture on style for an undergraduate, general education course in fiction.

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  1. 1. G-EN270 INTRO TO FICTIONThe Elements of FictionStyle
  2. 2. G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTIONAR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGNStyle ::Can be loosely conceived as applying toeverything in a story—for everything in itinvolves the writer’s use of language—but…forour purposes, we’ll say…
  3. 3. G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTIONAR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGNStyle is a writer’s technical handlingof all aspects of language
  4. 4. G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTIONAR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGNStyle includes diction ::The kinds of words a writer uses
  5. 5. G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTIONAR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGNStyle includes syntax ::How a writer combines words into sentences
  6. 6. G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTIONAR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGNStyle includes organization ::How a writer groups sentences and passages (intoparagraphs, for example) and makes them coheremore or cohere less
  7. 7. G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTIONAR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGNStyle also includes• Rhythm and sound—the writer’s use of language’s auditory appeals, i.e., its “music,” or poetry• Tone—the author’s attitude toward his or her subject matter
  8. 8. G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTIONAR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGNDiction, syntax, organization, rhythm and sound,and tone constitute the author’s voice, whichCharters defines as “the total effect of the author’srhetorical and stylistic choices.”
  9. 9. G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTIONAR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGNStyle also embraces those aspects of language thatextend and magnify the impact and significance oflanguage• Imagery—the use of words that give a concrete representation of a sensory experience or an object that is perceived by the senses• Symbolism—the use of an image, plot event, or character to suggest an abstract meaning in addition to its literal significance
  10. 10. G-EN270 INTRO TO ICTIONAR340 WEB-BASEDFDESIGNA final note ::Point of view and dialogue can radically alter awriter’s style: S/he may be creating a narrativevoice that reflects the style of the speaker.

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