Read the text All of the conventions of literary fiction can be successfully broken except one: there must be subtext, a second story beneath the surface. We don’t have to care about a protagonist or even really have a protagonist. We’re not limited to any particular style or structure. But our entire idea of literature being “about” something is based on a second narrative, something else that the surface narrative can point to. What’s interesting to me about this is that we live in a time when surface narratives are taking over. Blogs are generally so worthless for this one reason, that they lack subtext. The online world is, above all, earnest, saying exactly what it means.
Goldie Goldbloom: Portraits and Faces - Appearance and Disfigurement
What does “realism” mean when we are talking about a fictional character? Why are there so many modern novels and works of art portraying disfigurement? Chekhov is well known for his impartial observations of his characters and for his grasp of “realism”. When I first read his description of the lady with the little dog, I discovered that she is “a fair-haired young lady of medium height, wearing a beret.” I was puzzled. This less than enthusiastic description of the woman Gurov will come to love leaves out many basic details such as the colour of Anna Sergeyevna’s eyes and whether she has an attractive figure. I wondered why Chekhov departs from the wordier earlier traditions of written portraiture, and how his simple sketch of Anna illustrated the “realism” for which he is known.
Cette page reprend le texte publié au BO spécial du 30 septembre 2010 et met en relation les différentes thématiques du programme avec des mouvements littéraires, des auteurs et des oeuvres du monde anglophone. Il ne s'agit aucunement de recommandations officielles mais simplement d'exemples destinés à faciliter les choix des enseignants. Les liens contenus dans le texte renvoient à des extraits d'oeuvres mais aussi à des ressources de La Clé des langues susceptibles d'apporter un éclairage sur certaines notions du programme.
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