For thousands of years, humans have been creating stories -- and for just as long, they've been coming up with words to describe all the tools and techniques that make a story work. But these "literary devices" don't just show up in classical drama and Anglo-Saxon poetry. They also show up in today's science fiction. Here are ten literary devices you've already seen in movies or on TV, perhaps without even realizing it.Read the whole thing. Apostrophe, aporia, bathos -- Newitz provides worthwhile definitions and examples of these and other such terms. And while I wish she'd drawn a clear distinction between synecdoche and metonymy (which always confuse me to no end), the article's a good start for those without a lot of literary learning. Other options include plowing through Thrall and Hibbard's A Handbook to Literature. Of course, that's a task best left to chronic insomniacs.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Over at io9, Annalee Newitz talks about literary devices and shows where they crop up in genre fiction. Excerpt:
Posted on Tuesday, August 21, 2012