Sunday, January 16, 2005

Second Lecture

The analysis of the two Johnson stories, beside introducing important literary technical terms such as "anthropomorphic," and defining the difference between "fiction" and "falsehood," introduced the powerful, and not easily dismissed, effect that story-telling has on social and individual reality. Also, the radical concept advanced in Johnson's second story, "Siwash Rock," is evidence that reading fiction from past times promises perennial surprise and stimulation.
The relationship between truth and fiction, fact and falsehood, and appearance and reality will be explored further in the two upcoming lectures. As the Vancouver short stories in the Gerson anthologies are re-read, the different voices that are telling the severial tales and the effects they have had on the contemporary experience of Greater Vancouver should be given consideration.

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