Tag Archives: narrative

With Stories We Defeat Our Inner Moriarty

In the most recent episode of “Sherlock,” Holmes is not only the world’s foremost detective but a skilled literary critic of Doyle’s stories about him.

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Please, Writers–More Complex Narratives

Sports narratives that look only at winning and losing are simplistic and misleading.

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Riveted by Competing Campaign Narratives

Political campaigns have come to be seen as competing narratives, providing those who understand fiction with special insight.

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Father, Son, Holy Spirit – A Story for Each

Can different members of the Holy Trinity be seen to shape different narratives?

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Science Tells Us Lit Helps Us with Life

Recent brain research indicates that fiction helps us “understand the complexities of social life.”

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  • Literature is as vital to our lives as food and shelter. Stories and poems help us work through the challenges we face, from everyday irritations to loneliness, heartache, and death. Literature is meant to mix it up with life. This website explores how it does so.

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