Meander, Spiral, Explode by Jane Alison audiobook

Meander, Spiral, Explode: Design and Pattern in Narrative

By Jane Alison
Read by Bernadette Dunne

Unabridged

Format: CD (In Stock)
  • Available on 10/15/2019

    ISBN: 9781094007878

  • Available on 10/15/2019

    ISBN: 9781094007861

  • Available on 10/15/2019

    ISBN: 9781094007885

Runtime: 5.84 Hours
Category: Nonfiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A Chicago Review of Books Pick of Best New Book of the Month

A Vulture.com Pick of Best New Paperback Books of the Month

A Nylon Magazine Pick of Great New Books

A Publishers Weekly Pick of Most Anticipated Book of the Season

“Doctors don’t imitate Galen. Why should writers follow Aristotle? Jane Alison in her fresh, original book about narrative is our new Aristotle.” ―Edmund White, author of The Unpunished Vice: A Life of Reading

As Jane Alison writes in the introduction to her insightful and appealing book about the craft of writing: “For centuries there’s been one path through fiction we’re most likely to travel―one we’re actually told to follow―and that’s the dramatic arc: a situation arises, grows tense, reaches a peak, subsides…But something that swells and tautens until climax, then collapses? Bit masculo-sexual, no? So many other patterns run through nature, tracing other deep motions in life. Why not draw on them, too?”

W. G. Sebald’s Emigrants was the first novel to show Alison how forward momentum can be created by way of pattern, rather than the traditional arc―or, in nature, wave. Other writers of nonlinear prose considered in her “museum of specimens” include Nicholson Baker, Anne Carson, Marguerite Duras, Gabriel García Márquez, Jamaica Kincaid, Clarice Lispector, Susan Minot, David Mitchell, Caryl Phillips, and Mary Robison.

Meander, Spiral, Explode is a singular and brilliant elucidation of literary strategies that also brings high spirits and wit to its original conclusions. It is a liberating manifesto that says, Let’s leave the outdated modes behind and, in thinking of new modes, bring feeling back to experimentation. It will appeal to serious readers and writers alike.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Alison’s book is like a cold shower to ward off the standard narrative arc and rewire our mental circuitry to see the patterns of nature in the structure of novels.” Chicago Review of Books
“The best work of literary criticism I’ve read so far this year.” Literary Hub
“Who knew literary criticism could be so much fun?” Shelf Awareness
“How lovely to discover a book on the craft of writing that is also fun to read. Australian author Jane Alison has written a great one…She offers writers the freedom to explore but with enough guidance to thrive.” Vulture
“Her fascinating new book…looks at the ways in which…writing can shine when not on a typical linear path, when it is allowed instead to spiral and spring forward and back, fold in on itself or unravel in infinite directions, all of which feel new and exciting.” Nylon
“In her boundlessly inventive look at narrative form…Alison would have readers conceive of other dramatic shapes…including waves in Philip Roth’s Goodbye, Columbus; meandering paths, like rivers or snail trails, that allow the reader to ‘wander a bit, look about, pause’…It would do a disservice to this work to pigeonhole it as ‘literary criticism;' the study is filled with clarity and wit, underlain with formidable erudition.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Her observations of the sensory aspects of literature are indulgent and delectable and sure to elevate the experience of readers and writers alike.” Booklist
“For readers interested in literary theory, Alison does a great job making it palatable.” Kirkus Reviews
“Doctors don’t imitate Galen. Why should writers follow Aristotle? Jane Alison in her fresh, original book about narrative is our new Aristotle.” Edmund White, author of The Unpunished Vice

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Author

Author Bio: Jane Alison

Author Bio: Jane Alison

Jane Alison is the author of a memoir, The Sisters Antipodes, and four novels―The Love-Artist, The Marriage of the Sea, Natives and Exotics, and Nine Island―and is also the translator of Ovid’s stories of sexual transformation, Change Me. She is professor of creative writing at the University of Virginia and lives in Charlottesville. Find out more at www.JaneAlisonAuthor.com.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 5.84
Audience: Adult
Language: English