“politics of narrative”

[therumpus.net/2011/12/the-politics-of-narrative/]

“…there were two types of stories: coming home, or leaving home. The assertion neatly correlates to the classical definition of comedy and tragedy, as well as a content-first v. structure-first division of the arts. The coming home story (usually comedic or “feel good”): the cowboy accepts and/or is accepted by society. The leaving home story (usually tragic or “dark”): the cowboy rejects and/or is rejected by society. Structure-first stories, i.e. coming home, tend to be about assimilation, while content-first stories, i.e. leaving home, tend toward dissent.”

I don’t agree with all the conclusions on narrative, art, and the establishment, but it’s nonetheless riveting. 

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