Narrativism

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Or, Metablogging.

Lately I’ve been noticing a sort of common thread throughout the posts I’ve been making and I’m not quite sure what to make of it, so to speak. What am I talking about? Well, in particular, my tendency as late to discussing various narratives (Movies and television mostly) and what I like and don’t like about them. I guess, for lack of a better term, I’ll call it discussion of narrativism. “Narrativism” in the sense that I’m using it might also be called “Narrative Theory” in academic jargon, or simply storytelling, or narrative craftsmanship in more colloquial terms.

I’m partially inclined to believe that this theme might be more a result of my general lack of time to think and write lately, but I’m not entirely convinced. I’m not, by the by, particularly excited by academic literary theories. I tend to lean towards Occam’s Razor, which is a real guillotine for outlandish amateur science and sociology conducted through “interpretation” of literature. At the same time, though, I am most definitely drawn to academic modes of discourse. The trouble I find is that a lot of my interest in narrative exists within a sort of limbo: I don’t particularly care for the academic tendency to discard story as a means to a political or social end. At the same time, I am not particularly endeared to the sort of craftsmen-charlatans who hold workshops or give seminars that are about as useful as an inspirational self-help seminar.

I don’t know if it’s coming through in these latest postings, but by setting down thoughts about the particular narratives I expose myself to and critique I feel like I’m developing a keener sense of what works within a certain structural framework. Since this is sort of an emergent theme from this blog, I’m wondering if I ought to embrace it more fully as a major angle to explore here, leave it in the background, or something in between. I suppose we’ll have to see how much work doing a little more restructuring would really be.

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