Monthly Archives: February 2014

Quotes / Notes on Literature: Goethe’s Theatrical Machine

I have always imagined the creative aspect of the narrative arts–fiction, theatre, and motion pictures–as an exotic species of watch-making: tales put together using a million carefully crafted pieces, some little, some big, but all essential cogs in the narrative … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature: The Machinery of Prophetic Narrative

My current obsession with Greek Tragedy, Fantasy, and Greek tragedy as Fantasy has led me to ponder at length on the single most powerful fantastic element in both the tragic and epic traditions: Prophecy. Having already touched upon it here, this post is … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature: Internal Logic and Consistency in Fantasy (or why Dumbledore shouldn’t have conjured a chair out of thin air)

It might seem that only the worst kind of party-pooper would criticise works of fantasy for defying the rules of logic and science. Let me make it clear that it is not my intention to do so. After all, it … Continue reading

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