http://collection.eliterature.org/1/works/wylde__storyland.html
Nanette Wylde's "Storyland" proceeds from an understanding of the "grammar" of stories. Moving between the formulaic quality of the fairy tale and the characteristic rhetorical turns of crime novels, it generates playful but interesting short fictions through an algorithm that combines elements on the fly.

GROUP Discussion / Writing:
What is the "forumula" for generating these sentences?


Characters should not be given proper names. They can be "named" as colorful phrases.


Stanza A
SENT 1
1. [Prep phrase]: Set a place or time;
comma
2. [(adj), noun] character 1
3. [verb] does action
4. phrase characterizing action.

SENT 2
5. char 1
6. [verb / object] giving emotional state

Stanza B
SENT 3
7. Something happens; passage of time.



Stanza C
SENT 4
8. Char 1 does action [verb] to Char 2

SENT 5
9. Char 2 "also" does [verb] [phrase]


Stanza D
SENT 6
10. [Prep phrase]: Set a place or time; Char 3 [verb/past] object/prep phrase

SENT 7
11. Char 3. [verb/past] {phrase adding to the ongoing quality of the character exs. ( x perservered, y knew nothing, z rationalized everything, a was guilty, M didn't think about the consequences )}



Stanza E

SENT 8
12. Transitional sentence; things happen of themselves (time/action; passive;)


Stanza F
SENT 9
13. Char3 [verb (into relation with)] [prep. phrase/or not ] Char1

SENT 10
14. Char 1 [verb phrase /thoughts re: ] Char 2.






INDIVIDUAL/Paired Writing:
Draw on the reading for this week. Is NW's work an exemplar of a structralist approach to the text? Or does it reflect a post-structuralist approach to Writing as "l'ecriture" or a more open textuality? Write a paragraph (or two) making reference to the readings and Storyland.

DISCUSS HERE