Title

Structure of Literary Communication

Author

Lois Farhart

Date of Award

8-5-2015

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Arts and Culture

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Department

Arts & Culture

Advisor

Joseph Hutchison

Keywords

poetic turns; fiction turns; structural elements; similarity in genres; literary genres; mixed genres; genre communication; structural communication; literary communication

Abstract

The Creative Core relies on turns for effective structural communication. Although a few scholars have analyzed turns as key elements in structuring poems, no one has conducted a comparative analysis of turns in both poetry and fiction. This study is the result of such an analysis. In it, the author establishes that both of these genres use turns to create structure and organize literary material. In order to analyze turn structures in both genres, this study extends Michael Theune's insight into poetic turn structures to the genre of prose fiction. By comparing turns in selections of poems and short stories, the author demonstrates that similar turn structures serve as key elements in developmental strategies of poets and fiction writers alike.

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