Fictions Intro

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Fictions Intro

  1. 1. Fictions Examining how cultural products & practices communicate as fictions
  2. 2. <ul><li>Not so much fictional as in untruthful – more like the term MYTH; a way of explaining, simplifying and organising our perceptions of the world, making our shared understanding seem natural or taken for granted (ideology) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Roland Barthes: Mythologies <ul><li>Analyses assumptions and things that go without saying in society and culture </li></ul><ul><li>i.e. In a wrestling match he sees representations and themes of good V evil, Justice, Heroic acts all tied together under the grand narrative or fiction of ancient and popular mythologies or shared stories </li></ul>
  4. 4. We do the same… <ul><li>Assess and analyse a variety of fictions & narratives (books, films, fairytales, plays, video games, and factual events like news, current affairs etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Try to understand the role they play in defining our culture </li></ul><ul><li>Look at how fictions are embedded in culture </li></ul><ul><li>What do the stories tell and what are they for? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Two cultural roles played by fictions <ul><li>Fictions communicate cultural norms and values to us. In this sense fictions are a significant part of the enculturation process; they help to define, reproduce and sometimes challenge culture </li></ul><ul><li>Can you think of any examples that might tie into the above? </li></ul><ul><li>Read the Christmas story and answer the questions on your blog </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>2. Fictions provide us with structural devices that enable us to enact our culture. E.g. I may go on holiday and take pictures or send postcards back. This is providing a structural framework for me to be in my own story and to tell it to others </li></ul><ul><li>Can you think of a time when you have ‘inhabited’ your own story? </li></ul><ul><li>Write your own short xmas story on your blog </li></ul>
  7. 7. Your Christmas story <ul><li>Is it a work of fiction (as in made up)? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it a traditional narrative? </li></ul><ul><li>How is Myth at work in your story? </li></ul><ul><li>Think semiotically; myth comes via connotations in the text working in a negotiated manner. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>If Myth in your and all story delivers familiar meanings and prompts responses we can see it as procedure by which we understand ourselves and society… </li></ul><ul><li>‘Myth as complex set of images & associated beliefs which society constructs as its system of meaning’ </li></ul><ul><li>Fiction then carries or delivers this system of meaning, actively, passively, consciously and unconsciously </li></ul>

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