Kelo The Great's Definition Of the Week

Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms

Literary Criticism--EL312

A lot of people write in a diary or a journal recounting their lives. There is nothing like raw information as something solid for the plot:

epistolary novel: A novel whose plot is entirely developed though letters, whether through an exchange of letters between multiple characters or through the correspondence of only one character. The form has been employed for the immediacy it lend to the narrative, as well as the opportunity it provides to reveal the intimate, private thoughts of characters.

In Star Trek, the "Captain's Log" in the beginning of the show has a epistolary qualities. We are seeing something that the captian of the Enterprise had seen that day. There was a book I read in middle school called Crash, which is based on the life of a kid who dreams of playing football.