Archive | February, 2003

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British Airways mislaid my luggage somewhere en route to Heathrow. My wife and I didn’t know it had been lost as we came down over the just waking country at 6:00 o’clock in the morning. Over the gently rolling hills, the orange glow of lights lay arranged in circular patterns along the suburban lanes and around the circles of round-abouts, although I didn’t know that’s what they were then.

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On Using Model Narratives to Teach The Novel

I don’t see a model as a template, but rather as something a class can examine and talk about to expose the structures used in narrative. I have used Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest as a model novel. I have spent time with students mapping the narrative structure of this book. The nice thing about Kesey’s book is how strictly he adheres to a fairly stock model structure. It makes for a good model.

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