Concord, MassachusettsTwo weeks of talks, readings, and discussions celebrating the written and the spoken word.
Hank Phillippi Ryan
Events: Who Tells the Story?
Book: The Art of Perspective: Who Tells the Story
Christopher Castellani is the artistic director of GrubStreet, one of the country’s leading non-profit writing centers. He is the author of the novels A Kiss from Maddalena, The Saint of Lost Things, and All This Talk of Love.
In addition to his work with GrubStreet, Castellani is on the faculty and academic board of the Warren Wilson MFA program and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He was educated at Swarthmore College, received his Masters in English Literature from Tufts and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Boston University. In 2014, he was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship for fiction.
In The Art of Perspective he poses the questions What form should the narrator take? An omniscient, invisible force, or one—or more—of the characters? In what voice, and from what vantage point? How to decide? Avoiding prescriptive instructions or arbitrary rules, Casetellani examines the various ways writers have solved the crucial point-of-view problem. By unpacking the narrative strategies at play in the work of writers as different as E. M. Forster, Grace Paley, and Tayeb Salih, among many others, he illustrates how the author’s careful manipulation of distance between narrator and character drives the story.