The Pursuit

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The Pursuit explores the use of York’s (2015) notion of five act structure within the restricted space of a 600 word flash fiction. Within that space-structure, the work attempts to activate multifaceted characterisation, including a super-objective driven protagonist, antagonism derived from secondary characterisation and place, along with a narrative snare. Meaning in the work is encoded through the interweaving of Barthes’ (1990) hermeneutic and proairetic codes as a mode of sequential structuring, while drawing on the semantic, symbolic and cultural elements of the text to construct a wider story world that is multivalent depending on the experience of the reader.

Yorke, J. (2015). Into the woods. 1st ed. New York, NY: The Overlook Press.
Barthes, R (1990) Trans. Miller, R. S/Z. Oxford: Blackwell.
Original languageEnglish
Publisher365 Tomorrows
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 11 Sept 2016


  • Flash Fiction; Science fiction


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