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Ursula K Le Guin: The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction

Ursula K Le Guin: The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction

By mobilising all the resources of the imagination and reversing a dominant storytelling that glorifies the Hero, the feminist writer Ursula K. Le Guin explores other narrative possibilities for story pickers and wild oats.

It sometimes seems that that story is approaching its end. Lest there be no more telling of stories at all, some of us out here in the wild oats, amid the alien corn, think we’d better start telling another cine, which maybe people can go on with when the old one’s finished. Maybe. The trouble is, we’ve all let ourselves become part of the killer story, and so we may get finished along with it. Hence it is with a certain feeling of urgency that I seek the nature, subject, words of the other story, the untold one, the life story.

Ursula K Le Guin
The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction
texte from 1986

Excerpt from a book entitled Dancing on the edge of the world published in french by Éditions de l’éclat

Here the original text in English. You can also find a translation in French by Aurélien Gabriel Cohen on the this website: site de www.terrestres.org .

Ursula K. Le Guin

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