GEK1049: Tutorial 5, Events

GEK1049 Tutorials Homepage.
Main reading:
, Chapter 5: Events.
Further readings
3 Tips for Writing Successful Flashbacks by Nancy Kress Writer's Digest (Oct 2000)
The Art of Flashback: instantaneous, intense illumination by Eduardo Suastegui
The Lord of the Rings: Narrative Structure (Sparknotes)
Univ of Freiburg

     Time: 01, 02, 03
     Time (Drama): 01, 02, 03
     Flashback (literary technique)


  1. How do you define an event? How important is time in the definition of event?
  2. How do you draw a line between one event and the next? Can the lines between events be determined in advance, or do they vary from event to event?
  3. How important are events in the analysis of narrative? Can there be a narrative without an event?
  4. If events are important to narrative, does the mere stringing of events result in the creation of narrative? What is or are needed for a string of events to be considered a narrative?
  5. Why do some long events take a short time to be presented in a narrative, and vice versa? Could you elaborate on the distinction between story and discourse here?
  6. Events in many narratives can be hierarchicalised: smaller and shorter events are classified under larger and longer events etc. What difficulties does this create for you in the analysis of narrative? Or do you feel this may be an advantage in your analysis, even if it is largely dependent on your intuition?
  7. Why are some later events presented earlier in a narrative and vice versa? Again, there is a disjunction between story and discourse here, which you have touched in an earlier tutorial (on whether narratives can begin at the 'end' [i.e. placing the story end is at the discoursal beginning], discussed in the second tutorial).

Last revised: 2/2/2017

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