From a post at The Flame Imperishable:
“It wasn’t just that Tolkien’s tale grew in the telling, but the very concept, for example, of what a hobbit is was something that grew and developed as Tolkien told the story about him. We sometimes think of stories or fictional beings such as hobbits as having a Platonic form, whether in the mind of God or not, that the author or sub-creator simply ‘discovers.’ But this is not how the fictions of our minds work.” Read the entire post: Actualism of Story-Growing.
Please also see:
Paul Holmer on how literature functions
Umberto Eco on theory and narrative
James K.A. Smith: ‘We were created for stories’
The tragicomic in daily life: internal blindness in Chekhov’s characters
Posted in Christian Humanism, Inklings, Tolkien
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Anton Chekhov’s short fiction was undergirded by a spirituality and a morality that suggested what one critic called “internal blindness” — a blindness of the heart detected within the privileged characters of Chekhov’s short stories.
“And perhaps nothing is as tragicomic in our daily experience as that highly serious comedy of errors, moral and spiritual in character, constantly falsifying social relations and human intercourse…. Our own reciprocal misunderstandings are due not to material appearances or optical illusions, but to internal blindness.” — Renato Poggioli, “Storytelling in a Double Key,” an essay on Anton Chekhov’s short stories
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Tagged Anton Chekhov, characters, Chekhov, communication, literature, morality, Renato Poggioli, spirituality, writing