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The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction

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Pema Choden

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Transcript of The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction

Carolyn Heilbrun states that "writing a woman's life" is like bearing home seeds in a carrier bag.
Ursula posits the novel as a feminine form because it refuses the notion of a "Hero".
According to Le Guin science fiction can be seen as a far less rigid, narrow field.
Ursula Le Guin maintains that "the natural , proper, fitting shape of the novel might be that of a sack, a bag". A novel is a medicine bundle holding things in particular, powerful relation to one another and to us.

Male-Centered Narratives
Ursula Le Guin points out in "the carrier bag theory of fiction" that some activities - hunting, as opposed to gathering make more exciting stories than others and lend themselves to certain pattern of narrative
Le Guin's contention is that the narrative with which we are most familiar - that of events leading up to a major climax is the male form; the gathering done by women and another in which the thrill of the hunt and chase and final climax of the kill is told by men, the hunters.
Writing fiction is much like pre-historic gathering of wild oat seeds from the husk and carrying them away in some kind of carrier bag.
Ursula presents the new theory that the first cultural device used by humans was a container or a carrier bag for food rather than a weapon.
This process resembles the fictional one of gathering words that bear meanings and hold "a particular, powerful relation to one another and to us".

Ursula Le Guin
The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction
Le Guin believe writing a book to be the lugging of a container full of words, thought, and story elements waiting to be used up.
The essay describes the importance of two dominant stories in the context of new pedagogies;
The hunter-hero story
The life story or carrier bag type.
Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction

According to Le Guin science fiction can be seen as a far less rigid, narrow field.
Ursula Le Guin maintains that "the natural, proper, fitting shape of the novel might be that of a sack, a bag". A novel is a medicine bundle holding things in particular, powerful relation to one another and to us.
references
Pema Choden
Biographical sketch. 2016
“Ursula K. Le Guin: Biographical Sketch
: USA.
http://www.ursulakleguin.com/BiographicalSketch.html

Guin, k, U. 1986.
The Carrier Bag Theory Of Fiction.
Grove press: New York.

Jenkins, P. 2016.
The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction by Le Guin.
Howard University: USA.
http://howard-university-application-essay.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/carrier-bag-theory-of-fiction-by-le-guin.html



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Pema Choden
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