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Unformatted text preview: Written assignment 9 | A short story can be either far from having traditional story conventions, or can be traditional by having traditional story elements. I think Barth's story is the least traditional, Paley's story can't be classified as a conventional story either; The three other stories are conventional, where Mason's story seems like the most traditional out of the three. "Lost in the Funhouse" is a postmodern story that uses the technique of metafiction writing, and it undermines the predictable and conventional nature of fiction. In the story, Barth presents a literacy that combines plot , and a self-conscious attention to the process of writing itself. The narrator intends to tell the story of Ambroses coming of age, but frequently interrupts the story to comment on its effectiveness and to request for attention to the different literary techniques he knows. For example: "Description of physical appearance and mannerism is one of several standard methods of characterization used by writers of fiction" (p. 123) the postmodern writer no longer expects a consistent pattern of images. Matefiction is not a homogeneous type of literature. A Conversation with My Father is a metafictional story; that is, a fiction about fiction. The inclusion of a story within a story, the descriptions of the writer writing that story, and the narrator and her fathers conversation about fiction are classified as...
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