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People speak at a funeral, one eulogy stands out, curious to understand how that narrative elevated itself above the rest, "her words deepened the atmosphere & penetrated my heart" she reflects that it was composed.
It had structure, it was thought out in advance. It is her epiphany of identifying and distinguishing situation from story.
She defines the concept further giving examples from other published essays.
Feb 21, 2020 12:30AM
The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative

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Mar 17, 2020 12:48PM
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"Looking hard at an experience on which everyone in the world has an opinion, she sees that she is a principal in a beloved situation about which she has serious misgivings. As a principal, she also sees that she is complicitous. It's the complicitousness that, again in each case, holds the writer's attention, makes her keep digging. The more she digs, the more surprised she becomes. Fixed even; Stunned, in fact."
Feb 24, 2020 04:19AM
The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative


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“The presence in a memoir or an essay of the truth speaker - the narrator that a writer pulls out of his or her own agitated and boring self to organize a piece of experience - it was about this alone that I felt I had something to say; and it was to those works in which such a narrator comes through strong and clear that I was invariably drawn.”
Feb 21, 2020 12:50AM
The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative


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A narrator is fashioned for the purpose of telling the story; becomes a persona.
'The writer must identify openly with those very same defenses and embarrassments that the novelist or poet is once removed from.'
'The unsurrogated narrator has the monumental task of transforming low-level self-interest into the kind of detached empathy required of a piece of writing that is to be of value to the disinterested reader."
Feb 21, 2020 12:36AM
The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative


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