Preview of Coming Attractions

Starting Any Day Now: "That Time Faulkner Rejected the Aristotelian Unities of the Poetics: If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem"--A non-Yoknapatawpha novel that often lands among his top five on critical lists, If I Forget Thee, Jerusalem is two separate stories with different characters and no unity of place or time told in alternating parts. Yet … Continue reading Preview of Coming Attractions

The New Aesthetics: New Formalist Literary Theory

by William Spell Jr. "Form and function are a unity, two sides of one coin. In order to enhance function, appropriate form must exist or be created."--Ida Pauline Rolf The history of literary theory consists of formalism and something that is not formalism in alternating cycles-circles-for throughout history. Now formalism swings around in the timeline … Continue reading The New Aesthetics: New Formalist Literary Theory

New Formalism 1: The Pendulum Swings

A new candidate for prevailing literary theory has emerged during the last fifteen or twenty years. A popular work published in March of 2019 has pushed that literary theory further out into the reading public and teaching professions. Jane Alison’s Meander, Spiral, Explode, proposes a return to form as a vehicle for creating fiction. Not … Continue reading New Formalism 1: The Pendulum Swings

“City Skyline” at the Arts Center

"City Skyline"

"City Skyline", my composite photograph of the Jackson, Mississippi skyline, is on display at the Arts Center in downtown Jackson. Submitted in the Sky Through My Eye photo contest, "City Skyline" hangs alongside other entrants through the end of February. Composed of three sections, "City Skyline" contains elements from buildings impossible to see from a … Continue reading “City Skyline” at the Arts Center

A Guide to Book Bestseller Lists

Book Browsing

In the publishing industry, and among the reading public, bestseller lists are the movie equivalent of box office receipts. One major difference, other than the type of media, is that with box office receipts, anyone can pretty much see the numbers, but with bestseller lists, the actual numbers of books sold (and revenues earned) is … Continue reading A Guide to Book Bestseller Lists