Saturday, January 03, 2009

Fiction of Development

If I were to trace my interest in didactic fiction to a specific thing it might be a paper I read a few years back " The fiction of development : knowledge, authority and representation". It influenced a lot of the fiction I read, it introduced me to the idea of using fiction as a teaching tool, and it turned me on to seeing my interest in fiction writing as something I might be able to use in my professional life rather than simply as a personal hobby. I consider it a professional hobby -- if there is such a thing.

The books listed below are not what I would classify as didactic fiction, yet they definitely teach you something.
  • Brick Lane, by Monica Ali
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
  • The Inheritance of Loss, by Kirin Desai

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