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  • 1. Types of Short Fiction
    QVCC – ENG 110 – Spring 2010
  • 2. Parables/Fables
    • Parables
    • 3. Instructive; reveal a moral or lesson, but it is not necessarily explicitly stated
    • 4. Serious in tone
    • 5. Fables
    • 6. Instructive; explicit lesson, often stated outright
    • 7. Silly and humorous at times
    • 8. Often feature animals as symbols for human condition
    • 9. Discussion of human failings
    • 10. Por quoi tale
    • 11. Story that explains why and/or how something has come to be
  • Short Story
    • Massive popularity in 19th century; focus on middle class
    • 12. Dramatic arc included, but only as a single “scene” within a story; we do not get to see the entire story, but rather an excerpt in a way
    • 13. Not a broad overview, but a detailed glimpse into a life
    • 14. No set standard for length
    • 15. Can take various forms
    • 16. Can also include non-realist modes
  • Novella
    • Middle ground between short story and a novel
    • 17. Features slightly more detail in character development and time/setting, but still only offers small chunk of a larger “unseen” narrative
    • 18. Full length novels can develop plot to arc over a longer period – novellas restrict action to a smaller slice of time

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