Alias Grace

Topics: Narrative, Gender role, Narratology Pages: 7 (1320 words) Published: June 3, 2013
* History
* Historiographic metafiction
* Blurring the line between fact and fiction
* The epigraph
* Engaging in an act of construction
* Grace's unreliability
* Self-conscious construction
* Unreliability
* Historical context of Grace's narrative which suggests unreliability [ch10] * Offered a series of stories that are being put together - narrative construction over truth * [ch12] "Making up any old thing to suit themselves" - unreliability of the documents of history * Imposing a value that ignores the inaccuracies * A comment on history's unreliability through Grace's own * Drawing attention to the fallibility of social history * Truth of presumed public and factual history by relying on subconscious narrative * History got it wrong - a direct commentary on the way we make history * Not as authoritative as we make it out to be * Narrative structure: Randomness 

* The content and the facts
* Not thinking about the way it's put together
* The process becomes the object of investigation * Content of history is flawed and unreliable
* Process becomes the tension
* Creation is consciously revealed to reader - structure is really important * Randomness via Grace and she is made to comment upon * [ch43] What she shall tell Simon

* Wondering what she's going to tell him, likening it to putting together a quilt * Not seen as a clear and sequential narrative but a jumbled mess of a rag bag * Patching it together into something that formulates a clear structure * Not a clean straight line

* Choosing this and that - selection in the act of narration * Not as clear cut as a tidy closed narrative that history suggests * Imposing a structure that we take as real * Counterpoint to official history and historical narrative * Construction of history is never neat and can't be contained within narrative forms * History makes us want to believe that history is neat * The past is made and construction and not a final narrative * Quilt as Metaphor

* Extensive motif
* Narrative act
* Quilting and narrating represent each other
* The quilt is a metaphor the narrative act
* Constructing a narrative as the act of quilting
* Represents piecing stories together to make patterns * Narrative strands are coupled with others: Simon and Grace * Simon's letters
* Grace and Simon's interior monologues
* Grace's metafictional comments to the reader
* Grace as a seamstress - blocks for a story-quilt * Narrative strands as a quilt - pieces of cloth that have been put together by Grace * Piecing together a story - the reader

* Genre
* The Ghost story
* The detective thriller
* The Gothic tale
* Autobiography
* The Shaharaza story
* Stories and stories to pass the time to prolong death * 19th ct. style
* Comedy of manners
* Stock characters
* Realism
* Epistolary fiction [Letters]
* 20th ct. style
* Feminist narrative
* Post-modernism
* Self reflexivity
* Post colonial narrative
* Being patched together
* Levels of genre and narrative
* The comings and goings of Simon
* The act of quilting and sewing can be seen as a metaphor for Simon's return and leaving * The motion of...
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