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Formulating a story plan

Deborah Chester

in The Fantasy Fiction Formula

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781784992880
eISBN:
9781526104199
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781784992880.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter provides an overview of the structural forms in fiction and their various lengths before focusing on a novel’s beginning, middle, and end and generally what should be included in each of ... More


Scene structure

Deborah Chester

in The Fantasy Fiction Formula

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781784992880
eISBN:
9781526104199
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781784992880.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Scenes serve many purposes in fiction, but chiefly they push a story forward, reveal character, intensify story suspense, and raise the stakes. Scenes should dramatize a story’s key turning points or ... More


Surviving the dark dismal middle

Deborah Chester

in The Fantasy Fiction Formula

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781784992880
eISBN:
9781526104199
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781784992880.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

To prevent reader boredom in the story’s midsection, writers should employ methods of novelty, excitement, and a change of pace. The central story event should be more exciting than the event that ... More


Spenser and the English literary system in the 1590s

Rachel E. Hile

in Spenserian Satire: A Tradition of Indirection

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780719088087
eISBN:
9781526121073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719088087.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

With Chapter 3, the discussion moves from Spenser to a wider circle of influence, starting with two somewhat reductive views from contemporaries of what Spenser “meant” in the literary system of the ... More


Structure and plot: Spend, Spend, Spend (1977),The Chain (1984),Moving Story (1994) and Bag Lady (1989)

Sue Vice

in Jack Rosenthal

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719077043
eISBN:
9781781703144
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719077043.003.0018
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter analyses those of Jack Rosenthal's plays, such as Spend, Spend, Spend, The Chain, Moving Story and Bag Lady, where an unusual dramatic structure matches the plot. In all four plays, ... More


Ways of thinking, ways of writing: novelistic expression of radicalism in the works of Godwin, Holcroft and Bage

Marion Leclair

in Radical Voices, Radical Ways: Articulating and Disseminating Radicalism in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781526106193
eISBN:
9781526120793
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526106193.003.0010
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

In her essay Marion Leclair studies the novels of Godwin, Holcroft and Bage from the perspective of novelistic conventions. She argues that the fact that these eighteenth-century British radical ... More


Story line and story shape in Sir Percyvell of Gales and Chrétien de Troyes's Conte du Graal

Ad Putter

in Pulp Fictions of Medieval England: Essays in Popular Romance

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719063183
eISBN:
9781781700563
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719063183.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Anglo-Saxon / Old English Literature

The romance of Sir Percyvell of Gales was probably composed in the north of England early in the fourteenth century but obviously enjoyed widespread popularity in medieval England. This chapter notes ... More


The pilot's thumb: Macbeth and the Jesuits

Richard Wilson

in The Lancashire Witches: Histories and Stories

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719062032
eISBN:
9781781700150
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719062032.003.0008
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

The fictionalising of the Lancashire witches had begun even before the trials. If the witches of 1612 were the first example in fact in England of an alleged devilish confederacy, the first example ... More


Stories of war in the Balkans and Caucasus

Cerwyn Moore

in Contemporary Violence: Postmodern War in Kosovo and Chechnya

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719075995
eISBN:
9781781702697
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719075995.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

This chapter discusses the enemification—or the cultural construction of an enemy—and its location within a wider body of work on colonialism and post-colonialism. It addresses the argument that ... More


Introduction

David Brauner

in Philip Roth

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719074240
eISBN:
9781781700938
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719074240.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This book offers an overview of the career of Philip Roth, with particular emphasis on his later work, and an assessment of his contribution to contemporary American fiction. Rather than attempting ... More


Fantasies of flight and flights of fancy: rewriting history and retreating from trauma in The Plot Against America

David Brauner

in Philip Roth

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719074240
eISBN:
9781781700938
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719074240.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The publication of The Plot Against America (2004) was attended with more fanfare and controversy than any of Philip Roth's books since Portnoy's Complaint (1969). Just as Portnoy had been heralded ... More


Introduction

Helena Ifill

in Creating character: Theories of nature and nurture in Victorian sensation fiction

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781784995133
eISBN:
9781526136275
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781784995133.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The introduction provides an overview of the intertwined strands which run through Creating character. Sensation fiction is introduced as a genre which was itself seen by Victorian literary critics ... More


‘Plots’ and dissent: the abortive Northern Rebellion of 1663

Alan Marshall

in From Republic to Restoration: Legacies and Departures

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780719089688
eISBN:
9781526135872
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719089688.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines, in the significant contexts of contemporary plot mentalité and plot literature, a supposed plot to stage an armed rising on 12 October 1663, a rising in North-East England that ... More


‘A Child of Heathen Hobbs’:1 political prints of the Popish Plot and Exclusion Crisis – the revision of a republican mode

Christina M. Carlson

in From Republic to Restoration: Legacies and Departures

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780719089688
eISBN:
9781526135872
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719089688.003.0017
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines political prints that responded to the Popish Plot and Exclusion Crisis (1679–82). It compares the political prints of the “Tory” Sir Roger L’Estrange, Licenser to the Press, ... More


Automata, plot machinery and the imperial Gothic in Richard Marsh’s The Goddess

Neil Hultgren

in Richard Marsh, popular fiction and literary culture, 1890-1915: Rereading the fin de siècle

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781526124340
eISBN:
9781526136206
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526124340.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter analyses Richard Marsh’s 1900 novel The Goddess in relation to the late-Victorian imperial Gothic mode of writing. It suggests that Marsh’s novel demystifies the occult and supernatural ... More


Patriarchalism versus patriotism in practice: patriarcha from the Rye House Plot (1683) to the Glorious Revolution (1688–89)

Cesare Cuttica

in Sir Robert Filmer (1588-1653) and the Patriotic Monarch: Patriarchalism in seventeenth-century political thought

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780719083747
eISBN:
9781781704745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719083747.003.0010
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

In chapter 9 a number of references to important post-Restoration propagandists are made, whilst a variety of sources – from treatises to pamphlets, petitions, sermons and periodical papers – are ... More


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