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Realism.

Class on realism. Discussed narrative detail. ‘Crucial details’. Language articulating our perception of the world. Did an exercise to start where everyone wrote down their impressions of the room. This is my transcription of their keywords.

The rest of the class was OK. We spent a bit much time doing this. I worry about their textual analysis abilities. Most of them don’t really have any. I love textual analysis. Stylistics. Nouns and adjectives and their endless possibilities. Word choice as the crucial indicator of a writer’s personality?

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