The Shape of the Story: Using the Lemniscate as a Narrative Structure for Writing Non-Linear Stories

Cantrell, Kate ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5689-614X (2018) The Shape of the Story: Using the Lemniscate as a Narrative Structure for Writing Non-Linear Stories. In: Peripheral Visions: Australasian Association of Writing Programs 23rd Annual Conference (AAWP 2018), November 28-30, 2018, Perth, Australia.


Abstract

Just as geometers must choose the proper setting for a mathematical problem, writers must choose the most suitable shape for a story. However, this task is difficult for writers whose work does not conform to a linear form. This is because linear narrative, which is typically structured around a beginning, middle, and end, does not serve a story that defies chronological order, such as an illness memoir, which is marked by relapse, or a story of diaspora, which is fragmented. The frustration that writers often feel when confronted with structural problems may be alleviated through deeper consideration of the relationship between content and form, or what a story says and how a story works. This paper proposes the lemniscate as a new way of writing non-linear stories that oscillate between spatio-temporal constructs, such as past and present. The lemniscate, as the mathematical symbol for infinity (∞), is a line that moves continuously forward as it moves continuously backward. As the shape is defined by continuity, counterpoint, and simultaneity, it may assemble stories with the same qualities. This paper demonstrates how the lemniscate differs to other non-linear structures, such as the rhizome, and as such, is a new tool for bringing shape to narrative.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication (1 Jul 2013 - 28 Feb 2019)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication (1 Jul 2013 - 28 Feb 2019)
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2020 00:06
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2021 05:20
Uncontrolled Keywords: lemniscate; narrative structure; non-linearity; non-linear narrative; creative writing
Fields of Research (2008): 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190402 Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting)
Fields of Research (2020): 36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3602 Creative and professional writing > 360201 Creative writing (incl. scriptwriting)
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280122 Expanding knowledge in creative arts and writing studies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/40303

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