Category Archives: Fiction

Fan Fiction and Parody

Print PDFFrom music to poetry and prose, the practice of artists sampling other artists’ work is nothing new. When a song tops the Billboard charts, it is only a matter of time before it gets chewed up and spat back out … Continue reading

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The Rise of Fan Fiction

Print PDFIf imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then perhaps Shakespeare didn’t roll over in his grave and groan when Dreamworks retold his classic play Twelfth Night in the form of a high school romantic comedy. Questions of authenticity … Continue reading

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John Ehle’s The Winter People

Print PDF I was recently re-reading John Ehle’s The Winter People, one of the novels I regrettably had to omit from my “Appalachian Literature: Idea and Identity” syllabus.  It just missed the cut, and my memories of it (from about … Continue reading

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Alyson Hagy’s BOLETO

Print PDF“She had a good head.  There was nothing goat nosed or weak chinned about her.  Her jaw was a fine crescent that transitioned into a neat, clean mouth.  Her throat arced gracefully away from her jaw into a long, … Continue reading

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R. T. Smith on SHERBURNE

Print PDFChloe Bellomy interviews Washington and Lee Writer-in-Residence R. T. Smith on his new collection of stories, Sherburne. http://vimeo.com/39848442 R. T. Smith reading from Sherburne: http://youtu.be/Q0VSJRNND6g

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Print or iPad?

Print PDF With graduation on the horizon, a number of questions are burning and a subsequent number of decisions will soon need to be made.  One such decision I have already begun to probe is in what form will an … Continue reading

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April Fools

Print PDFIn light of yesterday, I thought a post honoring some of my favorite tricksters in literature couldn’t be more appropriate. At an early age, my parents would rock me to sleep with tales of Brer Rabbit and Puss and … Continue reading

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Putting Recreational Reading to “The Flannery O’Connor Test”

Print PDF Flannery O’Connor once said that she stops reading a book the moment that she “would not feel a sense of loss if she were to quit reading.” Professor Smith has mentioned that he regularly reads a twenty to … Continue reading

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Movies and Literature

Print PDFWe have recently been talking quite a bit about Young Adult Fiction, both in our blogs and in class. In her earlier blog “When Young Adult is too Adult” Lauren Starnes questioned whether the Hunger Games was an appropriate … Continue reading

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Illustration and literature: Can they mix?

Print PDF We are studying the genre of memoir in my four-person capstone class currently. The course began with Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home—the title ironically encapsulates the story of a dysfunctional family and its funeral home business. The graphic novel … Continue reading

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