Category: Writing About Literature

Speech and Thought Representation in Terry Pratchett’s ‘Going Postal’

Examples of the fictional representation of speech and thought from Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal: PN (Pure Narrative of Narrative Report of Action): Vetinari looked down at the table again, and seemed to lose interest in Moist for a moment (p. 27). NRS (Narrative Report of Speech): He nodded at Commander Vimes of the Watch, who whispered to…

Who’s pulling the strings?

At the beginning of Muriel Spark’s Loitering With Intent, Fleur Talbot sits in a graveyard writing a poem. Critics have leapt on this with glee, crying out that that’s probably what Muriel Spark herself did! Well, possibly. Big deal. I mean, who hasn’t sat in a graveyard writing a tortured poem? That’s just what every…

A Sad Tale’s Best for Waugh-ton

Long time no blog post, and the reason for my recent silence is that when I’m not writing about Muriel Spark, I work in university administration, and we’ve just been through our Undergraduate Examinations Boards. If I had access to a font that could render the words ‘Examinations Boards’ in a typeface that looked as…