9780393971767

TELLING STORIES PA

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    9780393971767

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    0393971767

  • Edition: 00
  • Format: Textbook Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/17/1997
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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Summary

Oates's chapter introductions and afterword on the writing workshop offer students encouragement, advice, and exercises for honing their skills. As a teacher, Oates emphasizes the importance of reading widely with enthusiasm, pleasure, and purpose. Telling Stories reflects this emphasis, introducing students to a variety of models for their own writing and encouraging them to concentrate on details, revise often, make material their own, experiment with genre, and ultimately find their own voice. Edited by a contemporary master of the storyteller's art "who defines herself primarily as a friend of the text and a friend of the writer," Telling Stories is the perfect anthology for creative writing workshops and fiction classes and a wellspring of inspiration for any beginning writer. "The love of storytelling'”to hear stories, and to tell them'”is universal in our species. Those with an apparent talent for writing. . . are not of a special breed but simply mirror the common human desire. [If] you have a natural talent for writing, and a love of the imagination, you risk a lifelong deprivation if you fail to cultivate it as vigorously as you can. Write your own 'great American novel'. . . you're talented, you're intelligent, you have the driving passion, and you know as much as anyone about American life. Your story belongs uniquely to you." '”Joyce Carol Oates, from the Introduction

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: Why We Write, Why We Read xiii
I. MINIATURE NARRATIVES 1(66)
Anton Chekhov
THE STUDENT
7(4)
Franz Kafka
THE SIRENS
11(1)
William Carlos Williams
THE USE OF FORCE
12(4)
Katherine Mansfield
THE WIND BLOWS
16(4)
Bruno Schulz
FATHER'S LAST ESCAPE
20(4)
Jean Rhys
I USED TO LIVE HERE ONCE
24(2)
Alberto Moravia
THE HOUSE OF THE CRIME
26(6)
Tadeusz Borowski
THE SUPPER
32(3)
Italo Calvino
CITIES & THE DEAD
35(2)
CONTINUOUS CITIES
37(2)
Nadine Gordimer
IS THERE NOWHERE ELSE WHERE WE CAN MEET?
39(3)
James Wright
THE TURTLE OVERNIGHT
42(1)
REGRET FOR A SPIDER WEB
43(1)
Phyllis Koestenbaum
HARRIET FEIGENBAUM IS A SCULPTOR
44(1)
James Tate
DISTANCE FROM LOVED ONES
45(1)
Lydia Davis
COCKROACHES IN AUTUMN
46(1)
Daniel Halpern
COFFEE
47(2)
Ron Padgett
ADVICE TO YOUNG WRITERS
49(1)
Peter Carey
THE LAST DAYS OF A FAMOUS MIME
50(4)
Elizabeth Tallent
NO ONE'S A MYSTERY
54(3)
Stuart Dybek
DEATH OF THE RIGHT FIELDER
57(3)
Alan Lightman
14 MAY 1905 AND 15 MAY 1905
60(4)
Ruth Behar
LA CORTADA
64(3)
II. DRAMATIC MONOLOGUES 67(20)
Joyce Carol Oates
LETHAL
71(1)
Jane Martin
TWIRLER
72(3)
August Wilson
TESTIMONIES
75(6)
Emily Mann
STILL LIFE
81(6)
III. EARLY STORIES 87(90)
Franz Kafka
THE JUDGMENT
93(9)
Ernest Hemingway
INDIAN CAMP
102(4)
Dylan Thomas
THE BURNING BABY
106(5)
Carson McCullers
WUNDERKIND
111(11)
John Cheever
GOODBYE, MY BROTHER
122(18)
John Updike
FRIENDS FROM PHILADELPHIA
140(7)
Lorrie Moore
AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS: A GUIDE TO THE TENOR OF LOVE
147(13)
Madison Smartt Bell
THE NAKED LADY
160(5)
Pinckney Benedict
THE SUTTON PIE SAFE
165(8)
Jonathan Ames
A PORTRAIT OF A FATHER
173(4)
IV. THE ART AND THE CRAFT OF REVISION 177(22)
James Joyce
THE SISTERS (1904)
183(16)
THE SISTERS (1914)
192(7)
V. RE-VISIONS: REAPPROPRIATIONS 199(42)
Hebrew Bible
GENESIS 19
203(3)
Alicia Ostriker
THE CAVE
206(3)
Ovid
THE STORY OF HERCULES, NESSUS, AND DEIANIRA
209(6)
C. K. Williams
HERCULES, DEIANIRA, NESSUS
215(3)
Ovid
THE STORY OF DAEDALUS AND ICARUS
218(3)
Harlan Ellison
FEVER
221(1)
Grimm's Fairy Tales
LITTLE RED - CAP
222(3)
Angela Carter
THE WEREWOLF
225(2)
Grimm's Fairy Tales
LITTLE SNOW - WHITE
227(8)
Anne Sexton
SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS
235(6)
VI. NARRATIVE IN OTHER MODES 241(144)
Memoir, Diary, Personal Document
245(54)
Nathaniel Hawthorne
FROM THE AMERICAN NOTEBOOKS (1845)
246(4)
Henry David Thoreau
FROM THE JOURNAL (MAY 1853-OCTOBER 1857)
250(3)
Virginia Woolf
FROM THE DIARY (FEBRUARY-MARCH 1930)
253(8)
MOMENTS OF BEING
261(3)
Richard Wright
AMERICAN HUNGER
264(9)
Zora Neale Hurston
HOW IT FEELS TO BE COLORED ME
273(4)
Jorge Luis Borges
BORGES AND I
277(1)
M. F. K. Fisher
THOSE WHO MUST JUMP
278(3)
Jack Kerouac
PASSING THROUGH TANGIERS
281(4)
Maxine Hong Kingston
NO NAME WOMAN
285(10)
John Updike
UPDIKE AND I
295(2)
Mikal Gilmore
THE DREAM
297(2)
Poems That Tell Stories
299(86)
Homer
ODYSSEUS BLINDS THE CYCLOPS
300(11)
Ovid
THE STORY OF ACTAEON
311(4)
Robert Frost
HOME BURIAL
315(3)
James Dickey
CHERRYLOG ROAD
318(4)
Raymond Carver
THE CAR
322(2)
Maxine Kumin
400 - METER FREESTYLE
324(2)
Annie Dillard
EMERGENCIES
326(6)
Jana Harris
CATTLE - KILLING WINTER, 1889-90
332(4)
AVALANCHE
336(3)
Tom Wayman
VIOLENCE
339(2)
Erika Funkhouser
SURE SHOT
341(12)
Jon Davis
TESTIMONY
353(2)
Robert Phillips
AFTER THE FACT: TO TED BUNDY
355(3)
Gary Soto
TARGET PRACTICE
358(2)
THE LEVEE
360(2)
THE TREES THAT CHANGE OUR LIVES
362(2)
THE WRESTLER'S HEART
364(3)
Carlos Cumpian
WHEN JESUS WALKED
367(3)
Chase Twichell
AISLE OF DOGS
370(2)
Li-Young Lee
THE CLEAVING
372(9)
Joy Harjo
THE FLOOD
381(4)
VII. GENRE: HORROR 385(40)
H. P. Lovecraft
THE RATS IN THE WALLS
389(16)
Stephen King
THE MAN IN THE BLACK SUIT
405(20)
VIII. CLASSICS AND CONTEMPORARIES 425(280)
D. H. Lawrence
TICKETS, PLEASE
429(11)
Katherine Mansfield
SUN AND MOON
440(6)
William Faulkner
THAT EVENING SUN
446(15)
Flannery O'Connor
A TEMPLE OF THE HOLY GHOST
461(11)
Grace Paley
ANXIETY
472(3)
Donald Barthelme
THE BALLOON
475(5)
E. L. Doctorow
THE WRITER IN THE FAMILY
480(11)
Raymond Carver
WHY DON'T YOU DANCE?
491(5)
Margaret Atwood
THE MAN FROM MARS
496(18)
Bharati Mukherjee
JASMINE
514(9)
Tobias Wolff
SISTER
523(6)
Richard Ford
COMMUNIST
529(14)
William Heyen
ANY SPORT
543(8)
Robert Taylor, Jr.
MOURNING
551(8)
Toni Cade Bambara
MY MAN BOVANNE
559(5)
C. E. Poverman
CUTTER
564(19)
T. Coraghessan Boyle
I DATED JANE AUSTEN
583(5)
Ian Frazier
DATING YOUR MOM
588(2)
Richard Bausch
AREN'T YOU HAPPY FOR ME?
590(12)
Jamaica Kincaid
MY MOTHER
602(5)
Abby Frucht
FRUIT OF THE MONTH
607(9)
John Edgar Wideman
DAMBALLAH
616(8)
Jewel Mogan
X AND O
624(4)
Helena Maria Viramontes
THE MOTHS
628(5)
Edward P. Jones
YOUNG LIONS
633(17)
David Leavitt
GRAVITY
650(4)
Russell Banks
JUST DON'T TOUCH ANYTHING
654(9)
Gish Jen
IN THE AMERICAN SOCIETY
663(13)
Thom Jones
THE PUGILIST AT REST
676(15)
Joyce Carol Oates
FAMILY
691(14)
AFTERWORD: The Practice of Writing--The Writing Workshop 705(5)
Notes on Authors 710(13)
Permissions Acknowledgments 723(7)
Index 730

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