Whadd'ya mean, narrative?

Kelso, Sylvia (1998) Whadd'ya mean, narrative? Paradoxa: studies in world literary genres, 4 (11). pp. 431-450.

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[Extract] There's a certain technique in writing which strongly resembles both a Net-search and a consultation at the Delphic oracle. You have a topic of interest. You try to formulate a question that will draw a pertinent answer from the consciously-inaccessible matrix, Muse, source of inspiration, somewhere in your brain. Then you feed in the query, sit back and wait. In a while, the search engine announces a number of hits – or no hits – on the topic you chose. Not necessarily intelligible, mind you. (One pictures the Athenians tramping away down that precipitous road, scratching their heads and muttering, "Wooden walls, you say anything about walls? Musta spelt Persians wrong. And what's it got to do with Salamis?" ) So when I began this article I asked my internal Net/oracle, "What is the future of narrative?” But for answer I kept getting this short and crusty, "Whadda ya mean, narrative?"

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