Title

the Writer as Filmmaker: a Linguistic Analysis

Date

5-31-2018 8:20 AM

End Time

31-5-2018 8:30 AM

Location

WUC Willamette Room

Session Chair

Henry Hughes

Session Title

Literature, Writing and Linguistics

Presentation Type

Presentation

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Cornelia Paraskevas

Abstract

The focus of this presentation will be the sentence structure and punctuation of Pulitzer Prize winning author Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, using the analogy of the writer as a filmmaker to guide the interpretation. Using this analogy, I will show how Tartt’s syntax and punctuation is specifically crafted to reflect aspects of filmmaking such as cinematography, scene construction, stage direction, etc. In order to show that Tartt’s prose is crafted like a film, I will also contrast it with J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter to demonstrate the difference between the basic linguistic features necessitated by the register of narrative fiction and the“writer as filmmaker” approach to style.

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May 31st, 8:20 AM May 31st, 8:30 AM

the Writer as Filmmaker: a Linguistic Analysis

WUC Willamette Room

The focus of this presentation will be the sentence structure and punctuation of Pulitzer Prize winning author Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, using the analogy of the writer as a filmmaker to guide the interpretation. Using this analogy, I will show how Tartt’s syntax and punctuation is specifically crafted to reflect aspects of filmmaking such as cinematography, scene construction, stage direction, etc. In order to show that Tartt’s prose is crafted like a film, I will also contrast it with J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter to demonstrate the difference between the basic linguistic features necessitated by the register of narrative fiction and the“writer as filmmaker” approach to style.