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To Our Own Devices�

Bowers, Paul Alan
Abstract
For those interested in creative writing, most critical approaches seem inappropriate to the making of fiction. Criticism belongs more to the reader than the writer, since to be a critic is to describe what is already on the page, while the creative writer needs to know how to compose a fiction. To say Sherwood Anderson's story, "Adventure," is about loneliness, or the lack of communication between human beings, may serve as the thesis for a critical essay, but it does not tell us much about how Anderson wrote the story, or why Alice Hindman's frantic dash into the street should evoke a theme of loneliness. The notion of "theme," while useful for a reader, may create problems for a writer who is overly concerned with "meaning."
Date
1990-12-01
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