Call of the Wild

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Pease, Donald E. Psychoanalyzing the Narrative Logics of Naturalism: The Call of the Wild

This reading was indeed unique to me. I know that academic articles are not supposed to be entertaining and that most of them are dry, but I really had trouble focusing on what Pease was trying to get across. The one thing that did catch my attention was a connection between this article and the story that we just read, "To Build a Fire."

"The move toward transparent narration converted the narrator's authority into a form of impersonality -- a subject without a subjectivity -- which not only allowed the narrating voice to dramatize a full access to the consciousness of a fictional character but provided the power to structure that consciousness as well."

What I got from this quote was kind of what London did with "the man" in "To Build a Fire." London used the narration to get the man's emotions, thoughts, and fears to us as the readers. This gives the author/narrator control over his character. In other words London "had the power to structure that consciousness." This was just one thing that got from the article. If someone has an opposing view to this, feel free to comment.

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Academic articles are written by specialists, for specialists, so they can often seem impenetrable at first. But the same skill that helps you do a close reading of a fictional work can also help you do a close reading of an academic work. We'll get more pratice as the term progresses.

Fiction is the best medium we have so far of putting the reader this deeply into the psychology of another character, in another place and time.

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