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    I'm doing my A2 English Lit coursework on 'Nights at the Circus' by Angela Carter and 'Sexing the Cherry' by Jeanette Winterson.

    I've been told that I need to include more discussion on the form of the novels, but when I asked my English teacher to define 'form' she couldn't. I've always found it to be a bit of a hazy area to write about.

    Can anyone help me out?
    (If anyone happens to have read either of the books and can explain in relation to them it'd be great.)
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    Hmmm... "Form..."

    I would define it as how the author has stuck to/deviated from typical archetypes and genres you would expect them to gain inspitation from.
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    Form is the way the text is presented eg. a letter and newspaper or poem, I think.

    I'm not sure though, so please don't flame me :/
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    (Original post by DavyS)
    Hmmm... "Form..."

    I would define it as how the author has stuck to/deviated from typical archetypes and genres you would expect them to gain inspitation from.
    So things like post-modernism would count as form?

    Yeah, I know it's like novel, poem etc. but apparently theres more to it than that...just my teacher can't phrase it.

    Thank you for the help!
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    So things like post-modernism would count as form?
    Ah, I was always taught "novel, poem etc." is a structure.

    I think we're trying to define two different things. You are asking what is a form? and I am answering how does one analyse from a formalistic point of view?

    I wouldn't say post-modernism is a form, but I would argue that analysing in what ways a text has used/avoided post-modernist influences regarding the way something is written is an analysis based on form.
 
 
 

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